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Engaged Couple Matched To Family Medicine Residency Together

Couple Derrick German and Kenia Valdez

Couple Derrick German and Kenia Valdez both matched to URMC

Engaged couple Derrick German and Kenia Valdez are two SMD students who will join the ranks of URMC’s Family Medicine residency program. As the clock neared noon in the SMD’s Class of ’62 auditorium, they were visibly worried they might not match to the same place. But their worry quickly turned to joy.

“Rochester was our top choice because we love the sense of community here, and of course it’s where we met too,” said Derrick. “We were holding our breath up to the last minute not knowing for sure, and now it feels so incredible, like a new door has opened for us.”

Should the couple decide to practice in Rochester after residency, they will be part of a growing number of primary care physicians doing so. Between 2013 and 2017, 32% of the 265 residency graduates of URMC’s four primary specialties went into practice in the Finger Lakes region.

Full coverage of Match Day can be found on the URMC Newsroom.

Congratulations to our current R3s who matched in ACGME fellowships!

Mary Bonnet, MD matched with the Oregon Health Science University Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) fellowship.
Stephanie MacDonald, DO matched with our own University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Sports Medicine (Family Medicine) fellowship.
Lauren Nicholls matched with the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship.

Sophina M. Calderon, MDCongratulations to URMC School of Medicine Humanitarian Award Recipient Dr. Sophina Calderon!

Sophina Calderon, MD, Class of 2014, is 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

Sonya Narla, DO, PGY2 and Sarah Hudson, MD recently published "Zika - Update and Current Recommendations" (in Family Doctor - A Journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, vol 6, no 4, Spring 2018). 

Stephanie MacDonald, DO, PGY3 addressed "Treatment of Altitude Sickness" in the same issue.

Resident Advice to the Community

Lauren Hobbs, MD, PGY2, recently addressed concerns and explained the benefits of receiving the HPV vaccine. Click on the text to view her video: Benefits of HPV Vaccination.

Mike Hudson, MD, PGY1, recently spoke about residents' role in health care.  Watch Mike's video here:  Role of resident doctors in your care.

Rashida Mengi, MD, PGY2, recently presented advice on how to deal with insomnia. View her videos Treating Insomnia and Severe Insomnia.  Dr. Mengi also addressed How to identify serious memory loss and more recently discussed the nuances how much alcohol is is too much When Drinking Alcohol Becomes Too Much.

Zoe Kostarellis, MD, PGY2, offers advice on keeping kids healthy and in school.

Amber Robins, MDDr. Amber Robins literally making the news, writing for the PBS News Hour

Amber Robins, MD, Class of 2017, is a family medicine doctor and writes for the PBS News Hour. She is also the author of "The Write Prescription: Finding the 'Right' Spiritual Dosage to Overcome Any Obstacle." View her recent stories on the PBS News Hour site.  Dr. Robins recently offered advice on the Severe Flu season.

Congratulations to Ronald Epstein, MD, Class of 1987 and Mathew Devine, DO, Class of 2008.

Drs. Epstein and Devine recently received Rochester Business Journal Health Care Achievement Awards.