Other (Archived) News from the URSMD Diversity Office

Nancy Chin Named 2014 URSMD Diversity Awardee

Nancy ChinDuring the September 2014 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry's annual Convocation, Dean Mark Taubman awarded the 2014 URSMD Diversity Award to Nancy P. Chin, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, Medical Humanities, and the Center for Community Health. Dr. Chin has been part of the University of Rochester community for many years, receiving her master's in anthropology, master's in public health, and her PhD in anthropology from the U of R. As one faculty commented, Dr. Chin "has long been an advocate and champion of diversity and inclusion at the University and in the greater Rochester community." She is an accomplished teacher, researcher and mentor with a longstanding commitment to a breadth of diversity and inclusion topics and programs.

Dr. Chin has worked closely for many years with the School of Medicine and Dentistry Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education, and Diversity (CACHED), the Science Technology Entry Program (STEP), and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF). Her community service includes serving on the Board of Directors for Foodlink, the Health Policy Board for Head Start Rochester, the Community Advisory Board for Step by Step Programming for Incarcerated Women, and the Health Committee for the HOPE project in Haiti.

In all her work, both at the university and in the community, Dr. Chin remains cognizant of the importance of diversity and equity in teaching and in all her interactions with students, colleagues and community members. She also serves as a catalyst to encourage others to examine their own biases.

This award recognizes her impact on the medical school community and, ultimately, the quality and equity of healthcare delivery to all people.

Diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism are critical to the vitality and success of a thriving medical school community. Inaugurated 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. Award recipients are honored during the URSMD Convocation and other occasions. The recipients' names are added to an award plaque in the medical school.

Meet 2014 ELAM Fellow at Drexel, Adrienne Bonham

Adrienne Bonham, MDAdrienne D. Bonham, MD, is participating as a fellow in this year's Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

ELAM is a selective, one-year program dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. Bonham is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

John P. Cullen, PhD Receives 2014 Presidential Diversity Award

John Cullen, PhDOne Presidential Diversity Award came to the University of Rochester Medical Center this year. John P. Cullen, PhD (pictured at left), a Research Associate Professor of Surgery, won the award for his strong commitment to human rights, social justice and diversity. He chairs the Pride Alliance at the University of Rochester, takes an active role in Safe Space training on campus, and has effectively negotiated policy change by bringing together various constituencies and by providing a voice for those who often are not empowered to speak on their own behalf due to stigma, shame or fear of reprisal. In nominating Dr. Cullen for the award, one person wrote that "John demonstrates a sustained interest and commitment to creating a more inclusive environment. While his primary efforts have focused on LGBT equality and inclusion, he is truly an advocate for diversity and equity for all members of our community.

The medical center also had two other nominees. The Transgender HealthCARE Conference Planning Committee (Linda Chaudron, MD, MS; John Cullen, PhD; Sharon Glezen, MD; Suzanne Piotrowski, MD; Craig Sellers, PhD; Daryl Sharp, PhD; and Grace Fuller) was nominated for their "recognizing the critical unmet healthcare needs of transgender individuals" and addressing those disparities with a conference in March 2013. Amina Alio, MD, was nominated for her leadership role in several community and national groups that provide a voice for diverse and often marginalized populations.

3rd Year Med Student Presents Poster at NHMA Conference in March 2014

Nallely Saldana-Ruiz, MS3, presented a poster titled The Affordable Care Act & Best Practices in Health Care for Hispanics, co-authored by Robert Fortuna, MD, (Med-Peds attending URMC-Culver Group) at the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Conference in Washington, DC, from March 26-30. As part of a national mentorship/leadership training program with the NHMA, Nallely was selected and paired with Dr. Fortuna to create a research project and community health experience.

The poster is the culmination of that association and work over the past two years with the Culver Group. It includes data from Nallely's weekly participation with the Rochester Diabetes Prevention Program. The poster presents preliminary data on the outcomes of the diabetes prevention intervention program implemented at the Culver Group. It focuses on the health outcomes of participants by age, gender, race, and pre-intervention weight, BMI, as well as data on blood cholesterol and blood glucose. Nallely has received national recognition for her work on the project. Dr. Cheryl Kodjo is her educational Advisory Dean.

Ob/Gyn Fellow Receives NHMA Award for Work in Hispanic Community
Jorge F. Carrillo, MD, an AAGL/SRS Fellow in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was selected earlier this year for an National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Award for his work in pelvic pain with the Hispanic community. Most of his patients suffer with chronic pelvic pain caused by conditions such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, myofascial pain syndrome, pudendal neuralgia and other abdominal wall neuropathies, fibroid uterus, and other chronic pelvic pain conditions. The award was given at the NHMA Conference in Washington, DC, in March 2014. About the award, Dr. Carrillo writes, "This only stimulates me to continue working harder im making chronic pelvic pain a condition that is well understood and treated." Dr. Carrillo is from Colombia, South America, and did his residency at Rochester General Hospital.

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)