Other (Archived) News from the URSMD Diversity Office

New URSMD Diversity Award Established

Jonathan MinkKevin FiscellaDiversity, inclusion and multiculturalism are critical to the vitality and success of a thriving medical school community. Established in 2013, the URSMD Faculty Diversity Award recognizes the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of medical school faculty to fostering a diverse and inclusive medical school community. Recipients demonstrate this commitment through leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, mentoring, research, multi-cultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities and /or other initiatives.

This year's recipients, Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD, (above left) and Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH (above right) were honored at the 2013 Convocation on September 12.

Presidential Diversity Awardees for 2012-2013 Announced

Two Presidential Diversity Awards came to the University of Rochester Medical Center this year. Lynn Maquate, PhD won the award for her work with Graduate Women in Medicine and the URMC Teen Health and Success Partnership (led by Dr. Suzanne Piotrowski) won for their excellent program. The medical center also had three other nominees -- Child Neurology led by Jonathan Mink, the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, and Harold Smith, PhD.

PhD.Transgender HealthCARE Conference Presentation Slides Now Online

Transgender HealthCARE: Transitioning, Transcending and Teaching our Community, a medical conference addressing the disparities specific to transgender individuals by educating the medical community about their particular healthcare needs was held on Friday, March 1, at the University of Rochester Saunders Research Building. Nearly 200 people attended plenary lectures and several afternoon workshops. The conference addressed a critical need in the healthcare community. Presentation slides from the plenary lectures and the workshops are now available on the conference website. Just scroll down the left hand menu bar and click on "Presentations" to access them.

Jimena Cubillos Named New Director of Latino Health Pathway

Jimena Cubillos, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, has been named the new Director of the Latino Health Pathway beginning this year. The Pathway in Latino Health began 9 years ago as an idea by two first-year medical students, Adrienne Allen and Brooke Shuster. They had both spent time in Spanish-speaking underserved areas abroad, and they wanted to learn about Latino culture, improve their medical Spanish, and understand more about the health needs of the Latino community in Rochester.

When the Latino Health Pathway started, no one knew it would evolve and grow as it has. Each year, committed students have continued to work with the Latino community and various organizations and health care clinics. The LHP is a good program that will get even better under the new director. Dr. Cubillos is fluent in Spanish, and is personally and professionally connected with Latino culture and health in the Rochester community. She is the only Hispanic pediatric urologist in the area.


John Cullen Receives Distinguished Leadership Award

Dr. John CullenJohn Cullen, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Surgery, recently received recognition for his outstanding contributions toward cultural awareness in the Rochester community with a Distinguished Leadership Award given by the American Heart Association. It recognizes his efforts to improve the quality of life and health in our area. Dr. Cullen, who studies the effects of alcohol on atherosclerosis and immune responses, has worked with the AHA for the pat four years andmost recently served as board president for the Rochester region His contributions include collaborating with URMC medical students to develop materials on cardiovascular health to be used at free clinics and address LGBT healthcare disparities.

2012-2013 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)

Yuhchyau ChenYuhchyau Chen, MD, PhD, Philip Rubin Professor and chair of Radiation Oncology at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2012-2013 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. Chen was nominated for the honor by Mark B. Taubman, MD, dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Read more
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New Work-Life Balance Website Launches

The University now hosts a Work-Life Balance website that lists several resources related to family care, wellness, perks and community information. Home to over 65 links on topics ranging from dual career assistance for faculty, to elder care information to laundry and massage services, the website's goal is to help faculty and staff manage their personal and professional lives in support of a healthy work-life balance. Visit the website at http://www.rochester.edu/working/work-life.

UR Boosts Faculty Diversity, Report Shows

The results of the 2011 Annual Faculty Diversity Initiative Assessment are in and university efforts to create more diversity in the faculty are producing results. The Rochester Business Journal recently recognized these efforts. You may link to the article here.

Nursing Practice Diversity Book Club

An outgrowth of the Nursing Diversity Task Force, the Nursing Practice Diversity Book Club meets approximately every other month at noon. It welcomes interested participants from all departments. Books are selected by those participants who attend the facilitated discussions and participants are welcome to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Cindy Berry at 275-5449 or cindy_berry@urmc.rochester.edu.

Congratulations to Lynne E. Maquat, PhD

The Office for Diversity congratulates University of Rochester Medical Center Professor Lynne E. Maquat, PhD, who has been elected a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. (More info)