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Meet the 2023 Rising Chief Residents!
Residency program directors Amy Blatt, MD, and Brett Robbins, MD, are eager for you to get to know the incoming chief residents. Discover details on each of them, and benefit from the words of wisdom of the current chief residents.
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Pulmonary Division Shines at ATS Conference as Rivera Assumes Presidency
Many faculty and fellows from the division presented their research during the American Thoracic Society Conference in Washington, DC. The major highlight of the event was division chief Patricia Rivera, MD, giving her incoming presidential address as she takes on the leadership role. Dive deep into her personal and professional journey.
Eastman Institute Named Age-Friendly Health System with Mentorship from Geriatrics
The division of Geriatrics & Aging and the UR Aging Institute worked with the Eastman Institute of Oral Health (EIOH) to earn this highly respected designation. Thomas Caprio, MD, and division chief Annie Medina-Walpole, MD worked closely with EIOH faculty, the Alzheimer's Association, and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center to support this important initiative.
Chin-To Fong Delivers Moving Speech to SMD Graduates
Commencement is a time for great speeches, and Chin-To Fong, MD, from Genetics, knocked it out of the park! He explores the metaphor of baseball as life: how the great game can teach us courage, humility, and how to be a team player.
    Special Announcements  

Award: Eric Small, PhD, from the Aab CVRI, received the 2023 Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association for a five-year research study titled "Investigating the regenerative potential of the ischemic cardiac border zone."

Appointment: Jason Wu, PhD, from Nephrology, was selected for the Journal of American Society of Nephrology Editorial Fellows program.

Publication: Patricia Rivera, MD, chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is co-chair and senior author of "Cancer-related Fatigue in Lung Cancer: A Research Agenda: An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement," published in ATS Journals.

Publication: Janice Cheong, MD, from Gastroenterology & Hepatology, is co-author of "Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance in the Geriatric Population," published in Current Gastroenterology Reports.

In the News: Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPH, from Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, gave an interview for the article "Good News on Guselkumab – Drug improved PsA through 1-year mark, even in those who previously took TNFis," published in MedPage Today.

In the News: Daniel Croft, MD, MPH, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, gave insight and advice on the current air quality due to wildfires in Canada, on WROC, WHAM, WXXI, and Vox.

    Discover DEI  
Get to know the DOM’s Diversity, Inclusion, Culture & Equity (DICE) Board!

DEI Champion: Ciandra D’souza, MD, MPH, and Ida Earner, NP (pictured from left to right: Gina Dutt, NP, from Geriatrics, Ciandra, Clay Harris, founder of "Uniting and Healing Through Hope of Monroe County," and Ida.)

Division: Geriatrics & Aging, the UR Aging Institute

Spotlight: Discover how Ciandra and Ida's cultural heritage helped them combat health care stereotypes, and fight for equity.

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Virtual Grand Rounds: CAR-T Cell Therapy in Autoimmune Disease

Sponsored by the Dr. John J. Condemi Lectureship in Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, professor Georg Schett of Friedrich Alexander Universität of Germany will present this grand rounds on Thursday, June 22 at 9 am. See the flyer for zoom link details.


Informatics: Keeping Up with the Updates

  • An eRecord Communication for Providers went out on June 5
  • "D/C" the CC Initiative: Enhancing Effective Communication in Ambulatory Settings: Auto-routing of outpatient visit notes to UR Medicine PCPs and URMFG will no longer occur as of June 12. We are asking specialists to actively assess the necessity of sharing each note and utilize the "Follow-up" section of the Visit Navigator to communicate actions required of the recipient. Please follow this link to view further information.

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.


First Human Health and the Environment Research Symposium

Hosted by the Environmental Health Sciences Center and the new Institute for Human Health and the Environment, the symposium will feature Rick Woychik, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences & National Toxicology Program, as well as other external and internal speakers. It will also include a poster session and flash talks selected from submitted abstracts; all types of research related to health and the environment are welcome.

Thursday, June 29 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Helen Wood Hall
Register and submit abstracts here and add to Outlook Calendar

    Off the Clock  
Dave Dobrzynski, MD, from Infectious Diseases, is a big-time golf fan, which helped land him the role as one of several Medical Chairs for the PGA! Another chair was Alex Solky, MD, a former oncologist with URMC. Pictured here are the committee chairs with champion Brooks Koepka. (Dave is in the back just to the right of Brooks!) There were around 130 volunteer physicians, nurses, and APPs from URMC and RRH who provided care to spectators. Dave was only one hole away when the famous hole-in-one happened! (Click the image for a full-screen view)
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