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Residents, Graduates and Faculty in the News

Natasha Vadera, MDNatasha Vadera, MD, Class of 2020, received the STFM Resident Teaching Award, and the AFMRD Resident Award for Scholarship.

STFM Resident Teacher Award
The resident teaching award recognizes teaching contributions by residents. Each family medicine residency program can give this award annually to the resident who has best demonstrated interest in and commitment to family medicine education. Attributes of the award recipient include: demonstrated interest in teaching/precepting peers and medical students. Valued as a teacher by patients and peers. Has presented at regional or national family medicine meetings.
AFMRD Resident Award for Scholarship
The Resident Award for Scholarship allows family medicine residency directors to recognize a resident who has engaged in scholarly activity. Scholarly activity must be, in large measure, performed by the resident. This activity includes most, but not necessarily all, of the following: the inception of the idea, development of the project, gathering data, presenting the results, writing a report or publication. Dr. Vadera researched, presented at a conference and worked to implement spirometry testing at Highland Family Medicine.

 

Alissa Correll, MDAlissa Correll, MD, Class of 2020, received the Family Medicine Women's Health Care Award

The Family Medicine faculty recognize a resident with outstanding accomplishments in Women's Health. Comments about Dr. Correll include: consistently sought out Women's Health related activities to participate in throughout her residency, including reaching out to regional and national mentors to address educational and patient care gaps in our training program. Sustained a consistent interest and commitment to reproductive health. Is dedicated to maternal child health. Provides supportive evidence based care. Respected and valued by people in all roles related to maternity care: nurses, fellow residents, and attending physicians.

 

Timothy Smilnak, MDTimothy Smilnak, MD, Chief Resident, Class of 2020, received the Jacob Holler, MD, Annual Resident Award.

This award was established by the Highland Hospital Board of Directors in 1983 and is presented annually to a Highland Hospital Resident from Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, or Med/Peds, selected by his/her peers, who best demonstrates the qualities of Dr. Holler. These qualities include deep and caring concern, kindness, integrity, understanding, good humor, and above all, inspired teaching and dedication to resident medical education. Dr. Holler faithfully served Highland in a variety of leadership positions from 1950 to 1982.

 

Alexis DAlexis Davis, MDavis, MD, Family Medicine Class of 2023, featured in an article in Forbes,

Reflecting on joining the front lines amid COVID-19.

 

 

Katie Harmer Named STFM Student Scholar.

University ofDr. Harmer and Dr. Brown Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry fourth year student Katie Harmer has been selected as Student Scholar for the 2020 STFM Medical Student Education conference. Harmer was nominated by Dr. Elizabeth Brown and the UR Department of Family Medicine and was one of 20 students nationwide selected for this honor. She presented her poster entitled “Perspectives of Teenage Girls on Conversations with Primary Care Providers (PCPs) About Weight, Eating, and Exercise,” at the recent conference in Portland, Oregon. Her poster detailed research she had done while a medical student in a pediatric practice in Rochester. She found that teenage girls often had preconceptions about their bodies, their behaviors, and their readiness to change. Many felt uncomfortable during the conversations and valued specific recommendations. Harmer is hoping to continue this work in her family medicine residency. Her poster won one of 10 blue ribbons at the conference.

 

Celeste Song, MD, Associate Residency Program Director, former Faculty Development Fellow 2014 and Yuan Yao, MD, Class of 2019, present their work on Pediatric Development Screening at the STFM Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement, in Phoenix, AZ, in December 2019.

STFM 2019

Congratulations to URMC School of Medicine Humanitarian Award Recipient Dr. Sophina Calderon!

Sophina CSophia Calderon, MDalderon, MD, Class of 2014, was one of the recipients of the URMC School of Medicine Humanitarian Award. Dr. Calderon provides medical care to disadvantaged populations in the United States and abroad. As a member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, she was inspired to pursue medicine for her community that would improve access and health care quality. Read more about Dr. Calderon.

Choosing Wisely Guidelines

Read the article "Choosing Wisely Guidelines - Geriatrics and Aging" by Mary Bonnet, MD, PGY3, Jocelyn Young, DO, PGY3 and Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, Class of 1995 (in Family Doctor – A Journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 6, no 3,Winter, 2018)

Read the article "Choosing Wisely Guidelines – Ethics" by Sonya Narla, DO, PGY2, Lauren Nicholls, MD, PGY3 and Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, Class of 1995 (in Family Doctor – A Journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 6, no 2, Fall 2017)

Read the article "Choosing Wisely Guidelines - Controlled Medication" by Lauren Nicholls, MD, PGY3, Sonya Narla, DO, PGY2 and Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, Class of 1995 (in Family Doctor - A Journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 6, no 1, Summer 2017)

Resident and Faculty Publications

Sandy Wang, MD, MPH; Sachiko Kaizuka, MD; Holly Russell, MD, MS and Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS, FAAFP, for the publication "The Under Utilization of Sleep Medicine for the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Opioid Use" (in Family Doctor-A journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 8, no 3, Winter 2020)

www.nysafp.org/NYSAFP/media/PDFs/Family%20Doctor/69608-Family-Doctor-Winter20_WEB.pdf

Elizabeth Loomis, MD; Andrew Hayes and Holly Ann Russell, MD, MS, for the publication "Overcoming Barriers to Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care" (in Family Doctor-A journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 8, no 3, Winter 2020)

www.nysafp.org/NYSAFP/media/PDFs/Family%20Doctor/69608-Family-Doctor-Winter20_WEB.pdf

Scott Hartman, MD, FAAFP and Kristin E. Smith, DNP, FNP-C, AAHIVS, for the publication "HIV: What Family Medicine Clinicians Need to Know" (in Family Doctor-A journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 8, no 3, Winter 2020)

www.nysafp.org/NYSAFP/media/PDFs/Family%20Doctor/69608-Family-Doctor-Winter20_WEB.pdf

Sachiko Kaizuka, MD; Gale Johnsen, MSN, PhD, FNP-C; Yoshiko Tamura, MD; Traci Salter, RN-BC, MS, FNP-BC; Wade Turnipseed, MS, LMFT and Arthi Chawla, MD, for the publication "Lessons Learned from Taking Over Chronic Pain Management with Opioids from Other Clinicians" (in Family Doctor-A journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 8, no 3, Winter 2020)

www.nysafp.org/NYSAFP/media/PDFs/Family%20Doctor/69608-Family-Doctor-Winter20_WEB.pdf

Sarah Hudson, MD and Caroline Donohue, MD, for the publication "Cervical and Anal Cancer Prevention for the LGBTQ Population" (in Family Doctor-A journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 7, no 3, Winter 2019) www.nysafp.org/NYSAFP/media/PDFs/Family%20Doctor/Family-Doctor-Winter2019-WEB.pdf

Mike Hudson, MD and Craoline Donohue, MD, for the publication "Good Family Medicine is Good LGBTQ Care" (in Family Doctor-A journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 7, no 3, Winter 2019) www.nysafp.org/NYSAFP/media/PDFs/Family%20Doctor/Family-Doctor-Winter2019-WEB.pdf

 

Resident Advice to the Community

Dominick DeFelice, MD, discussed how to keep pounds off during the holidays. Click on the text to view his video: Healthy Holiday Eating.