Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

Throughout September we celebrated Women in Medicine Month and the indomitable spirit, exceptional skills, and unwavering dedication of our women colleagues who lead and excel here at URMC. Their achievements are a source of inspiration for us all.

This past week has also been National APP Appreciation Week. I am deeply grateful to our Advanced Practice Providers. Thank you for your tireless commitment to patient care, and the integral role you play in the department's multidisciplinary teams. The DOM has highlighted several of our incredible women, faculty and APPs alike, on social media: read their quotes about inspiration and advice!

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, MD

    Top Stories  
Advancing the "Provider" in our APPs
to Expand Patient Access

UR Medicine and URMFG are strategically redefining the roles of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to optimize delivery of care for our patients. Read the article for an overview of the project. Infectious Diseases was one of the divisions selected to help develop these new strategies. They were chosen for their two distinct clinics: an HIV clinic rooted in Primary Care, and their general Infectious Diseases clinic which is highly specialized and has a tight-knit group of attendings and APPs, showcasing the benefits of promoting autonomous practice of APPs. What URMFG learns from the ongoing work in Infectious Diseases will be applied to developing future best practices across the entire institution. (Pictured: Team Members of the Infectious Diseases Clinic)

Call for Abstracts: Wilmot Cancer Institute Scientific Symposium

Wilmot is hosting the annual symposium on Thursday, November 2, bringing together a broad spectrum of cancer-related research. The invitation is open to all UR students, trainees, and faculty members to submit abstracts: several will be selected for presentation, and all other entries will participate in the poster competition. Abstracts are due Friday, October 13.

    Special Announcements  

Awards: Jing (Jason) Wu, PhD, from Nephrology, received the John H. Laragh Research Award from the American Journal of Hypertension, for his exemplary work, publishing over 40 peer-reviewed publications in premier journals.

Editorial: Daniel Croft, MD, MPH, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, offered his expert perspective in the article "Airborne particles from cooking, candles can negatively impact patients with mild asthma", published in Healio.

Publication: Kaval Chhabra, M.Pharm, PhD, and Dennis Samuel, DO, both from Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, along with Chhabra Lab members, authored "ADGRL1 is a glucose receptor involved in mediating energy and glucose homeostasis," published in Diabetologia. This research has implications in the treatment of diabetes and obesity.

Publication: Patricia Rivera, MD, division chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is a co-author of "Methods for Using Race and Ethnicity in Prediction Models for Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility," published in JAMA Open Network.

    Discover DEI  
Learn about the unique DEI initiatives from each of our divisions!

Division: Highland Hospital

Spotlight: The DEI Committee at Highland have developed a great tool to review Root Cause Analyses through a DEI lens, and they're sharing it with you! Read on about the tool and their other great DEI efforts, like volunteering at the Barakah Muslim Charity event!

    Research Roundup  

NIH Expert Visits SMD to Discuss Peer Review Process

Noni Byrnes, PhD, director of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss the NIH's peer review process Monday, October 23, at SMD. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Research, the lecture will cover how Byrnes' team is working to strengthen the peer review process and include Q&A.

10:30 a.m. to noon, Class of '62 Auditorium or via Zoom
Register to attend via Zoom (if you attend in person you do not need to register)
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LAST CALL: Submit Proposals Before Possible Government Shutdown

In a message to all University researchers, Steve Dewhurst, PhD, vice president for Research, shared what impact a potential government shutdown could have on research activity, including inability to send proposals, and convening review panels. He strongly urges anyone with current proposals due on October 5 to submit them early today, Friday, September 29 by 5 p.m. to ensure they are accepted. Please read his letter for full details.

    Department Bulletin Board  

Faculty Retiree Network Could Benefit Both Current and Retired Faculty

The UR CTSI is developing a new Retiree Network for the Medical Center community that will provide retired faculty with opportunities to contribute their expertise to the Medical Center, while providing active faculty with additional career development resources. To help the CTSI achieve their goals, they are asking current and retired faculty to complete this 3-5 minute survey to share their needs and level of interest in joining the network.


Two Distinguished Alumni Lectures Coming this Meliora Weekend

Former URMC residents are returning to SMD next weekend to deliver exciting and thought-provoking lectures. Register now for Meliora Weekend, and check out these two particular highlights:

Creation of Hepatology as a Medical Subspecialty by John Vierling, MD
Friday, October 6, 12 p.m. Class of '62 Auditorium

Innovating Minds, Reshaping Wellness, Illness and Doctoring by Lawrence Smith, MD
Friday, October 6, 3:30 p.m. Class of '62 Auditorium
Reception to follow in Flaum Atrium

    Off the Clock  
Marc Berliant, MD, vice chair for Clinical Programs, and his wife Margie, just got back from Greece to celebrate their wedding anniversary! Marc said "The history of the Acropolis is amazing, and the Parthenon is truly one of the wonders of the world. I am still trying to figure out how it was built in 450 B.C. We also spent time in the beautiful Greek islands. Greek food is delicious, and we ate too much but justified it by saying it was a Mediterranean diet." Click the image for a quick four-photo album!
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