Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

A quick reminder that Doximity voting is now open for US News & World Report. Please take a few moments to cast your ballot, and learn why it’s so important for all of us.

March is Women's History Month and I am incredibly proud of the growing representation of women in medicine and in our department. More women are entering medical school than ever before, and our residency and fellowship programs are a testament to that. Every day, our female APPs, faculty members, and researchers are making history of their own as trailblazers in medicine.

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women's Day. The theme this year is Embrace Equity, which means going beyond equality by adding elements of fairness and justness. This isn't achieved only by the group seeking equity, it is the product of all of us working together. I am thankful for all of you, who strive daily to make our DOM a diverse and equitable group.

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, M.D.

    Top Stories  
Change in C Diff Testing Protocol Cuts Reportable Cases in Half

Paul Graman, MD, from Infectious Diseases, emphasizes that the change in testing protocol has not lowered the number of actual cases, but offers a more nuanced way to distinguish patients with clinical infection versus benign colonization. (Note: Story is on the intranet, VPN connection required.)

Study Shows Polypharmacy Applies to 92 Percent of Older Adults with Cancer

The updated study also shows that potential drug interactions can lead to 59 percent higher odds of having to stop cancer treatment earlier than recommended. DOM authors include Supriya Mohile, MD, MS, Melissa Loh, MBBCh, BAO, and Erika Ramsdale, MD, all from Hematology/Oncology.

    Special Announcements  

Honors: Paul Bohjanen, MD, PhD, chief of Infectious Diseases, was honored with the Distinguished Scientist Award for Mentorship in Cryptococcal Research at the 11th International Conference on Cryptococcus and Cryptococcosis (ICCC) in January in Kampala, Uganda.

Honors: Melissa Loh, MBBCh, BAO, MS, from Hematology/Oncology, was honored with the Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

Appointment: Jennifer Readlynn, MD, from Hospital Medicine, has joined the Editorial Board of The Hospitalist, a weekly newsletter from the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Grant: David Staudt, MD, from Hospital Medicine, earned a Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges for his project to evaluate the impact of a longitudinal POCUS curriculum in medical students.

Publication: Rebecca Levy, MBBCh, BAO, MSc, from Nephrology, is a co-author of "Comprehensive Associations Between Acidosis and the Skeleton in Patients with Kidney Disease," published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Publication: Robert Fortuna, MD, MPH, from Primary Care, is the lead author of "Perspectives of internal medicine residency clinics: A national survey of US medical directors," published in Education for Health.

Publication: Alec O’Connor, MD, MPH, from Hospital Medicine, Catherine Gracey, MD, from General Medicine, and Nina Rizk, MD, an Internal Medicine Resident, are co-authors of "Forum theatre for training residents to be allies" in The Clinical Teacher.

    Department News  

DOM Members Receive URMC Awards

Our people are hard at work, earning recognition within URMC for their clinical care, research, and education efforts. Carrie Quill, MD, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, earned a Quality Improvement Gold Star for her work on the I-SPY COVID Trial. Ashley Jenkins, MD, from Hospital Medicine, earned a UR CTSI Career Development Award (KL2) for her project "Adapting Individualized Care Plans to Improve Inpatient Vaso-Occlusive Episode Care for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease." Erica Miller, MD, from Cardiology, received the Susan B. Anthony Emerging Leader Award. Congratulations everyone!


Voting is Now Open for US News & World Report on Doximity

Boost our online reputation by voting for URMC in the Best Hospitals rankings at www.Doximity.com. The DOM specialties that are included are: Cancer, Heart & Heart Surgery, Endocrinology, GI, Geriatric Care, Nephrology, and Pulmonary. Learn how you can use Doximity to not only vote, but how to increase your network and engage with peers. (Note: article is on the intranet, VPN connection required.)


Informatics: Keeping Up with the Updates

As always, full communications can be found at eRecord Communications Liaison (eCL) Email. (Note: Some pages are on the intranet, VPN connection required.)

If you have questions or comments, the DOM Informatics Team includes Arpan Patel, MD, Sullafa Kadura, MD, MBA, Conrad Gleber, MD, MBA, and Joseph Nicholas, MD, MPH for Highland Hospital.

    Off the Clock  
Youngrin Kim, MD, from Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital, is a marathon runner! After the stress of the lockdowns related to the pandemic, he needed an outlet for both his brain and body. He ran his first race since high school at the Buffalo Marathon, finishing in 3 hours 23 minutes. In September, he came in 22nd of 713 finishers in the Rochester Half Marathon (pictured). "It’s satisfying seeing how far the body can be pushed when the countless stream of obstacles the mind conjures up are ignored."
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