Fall 2013

Pressure PointsThis is the fifth in a series of special issues taking a closer look at the factors shaping modern medicine.

Keeping Pace: Educators Respond to Vast Changes in Health Professions

With reform afoot, the health care landscape is shifting before our eyes. Rapid-fire technology innovation, fresh approaches to care delivery, and the new business models undergirding it all—these realities are redefining what clinicians, nurses, and scientists actually do each day.

This constant change fuels the need for health professionals to continually learn new skills and make more of a habit of thinking outside-of-the-box. Medical schools, nursing schools, and other health-related training programs are revisiting the ways they prepare students for the real world. They're also hammering out new ways to help established professionals keep current. Read More»

You Asked, We Listened: New 'Bus 52' Route Built with URMC in Mind»

College Town and our new Golisano Childrens Hospital are exciting projects, no doubt; but rapid growth can bring growing pains. Faculty, staff, and community residents alike acknowledge that commuting—and parking—here continues to pose challenges.

Fortunately, exciting solutions are headed our way. Thanks to the collaborative planning efforts of University officials and the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Regional Transit Service in Monroe County, we've been able to cobble together something were especially proud of: A zippy new bus line that'll serve staff who live in some nearby neighborhoods.

URMC Plans to Deploy New Performance Evaluation Tool, Process»

Maybe you've heard that a new performance evaluation tool is coming down the pike? The buzz is true, according to employee advocate Tara LoCastro, who serves as URMC's director of Human Resources Engagement and Integration.

"Managers and staff alike have kept on asking for more meaningful tools for structuring feedback conversations around job performance," LoCastro said.

Teaming Up: URMC, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Debut Joint Surgical Oncologist Training Program»

Over the summer, URMC and Roswell Park Cancer Institute pooled efforts to receive ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accreditation for a new two-year fellowship program in complex general surgical oncology. The first buddied-up training program of its kind for us, surgeons will spend time at both institutions—and, upon completion, will be eligible for board certification.

Faculty Accomplishments»

We publish faculty and student accomplishments in every edition of URMC Pulse, highlighting both the prestigious honors our faculty/students receive, as well as the prominent leadership/advisory posts to which they are appointed.