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Jacob Moalem Tests Opt-in Program for Narcotics

October 8, 2019

Empowering patients to decide whether or not to receive narcotics for pain control following cervical endocrine surgery led to a 96.6 percent reduction in the number of narcotic tablets prescribed, according to a new study published in Annals of Surgery.

A team led by Jacob Moalem, M.D., associate professor in the department of Surgery, designed an “opt-in” prescription system for patients undergoing ambulatory procedures such as thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy. They hypothesized that many patients, if given adequate education, non-narcotic analgesia and the prerogative to choose would decline narcotic prescriptions for discharge.

The effort began in 2014 when the team started collecting data on pain medication utilization by patients as part of a multi-institutional study. A subsequent analysis of the endocrine surgery program’s data revealed that 41 percent of patients took no narcotics following discharge. The finding led to the current study, where the default method of postoperative pain control was non-narcotic. To the team’s knowledge, no other group has demonstrated that allowing patients to decide if they need narcotics for discharge can result in a substantial number of patients opting not to receive any of these medicines.

Annual Tour de Cure Coming to Rochester in June

Save the Date: June 8, 2019

Please join the URMED team in riding in the 2019 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. This is the 9th year that the URDiaBEEtes Riders will be participating in this exciting event. The URMED umbrella team consists of the URDiaBEEtes Riders, Highland SpinOuts, U of R LLE, Rochester Turners and WeRThompson!!

The Tour de Cure is not just for cyclists—there are courses to walk and run as well. Bring your family/friends and come out on Saturday, June 8, 2019 to the Xerox Centre in Webster. You can join by signing up at We hope you will join us as we ride for our patients who live with diabetes. Please feel free to contact team captain, Heidi Kipp. Thanks in advance!!!

Hear Heidi Kipp, Senior Nurse Practitioner in Endocrinology, talk about the upcoming Tour de Cure with Fox Rochester News' Health in a Handbasket.

Hear endocrinologist Susanne Miedlich, MD, discuss the importance of participating in the Tour de Cure in this new video.

2017 Tour de Cure URMC team shirts

Save the Date for the 20th Annual Diabetes Conference

March 16, 2019

This one-day conference will take place at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY. Topics this year will focus on treating or preventing the complications most associated with diabetes, including retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, hypoglycemia, and cardiovascular disease. Sessions will include patient testimonials, seminars, case studies, and workshops on the latest advances in diabetes treatment. The program will provide updates in diabetes research and treatment options. Target audience includes primary care physicians, advanced practitioners and other providers who treat patients with diabetes. Registration is required.

Professor Emeritus John Gerich, MD Profiled in Diabetes Care Article

September 21, 2018

The lasting impact of John "Jack" Gerich, MD on the treatment of diabetes is described in a recent Profiles in Progress article that appeared in the October issue of the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Care. Called "the Father of Modern Physiology of Glucose Homeostasis, Counter regulation to Hypoglycemia, and Mechanistic Treatment of Diabetes," Dr. Gerich has made significant contributions to the understanding of the disease through his research. "Much of what we know today of the physiology of glucose homeostasis, lipid metabolism, glucose counterregulation to hypoglycemia and its abnormalities in diabetes, and the relative role of liver, adipose tissue, muscle, and kidney in glucose metabolism is the result of Jack’s work over several decades."

Read the full article

Diabetes & Endocrinology Program Recognized as "High Performing"

August 13, 2018

As it has in previous years, the Diabetes & Endocrinology specialty program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Reports 2018-2019 rankings for America's Best Hospitals. The High Performing status means that the program scored in the top 10 percent among all hospitals analyzed but were not nationally ranked. The program's ranking was determined by numerous factors, including services and staff, volume of patients, and advanced technologies. Read about the other rankings and ratings at the URMC.

Endocrinology Researcher Featured in URMC's Inspired Science Video Series

June 17, 2018

Laura Calvi, M.D. is the first researcher featured in a new video series launched this month, Inspired Science: Conversations with UR Researchers. In this first video, Dr. Calvi talks about creativity and problem-solving in the lab and& in her favorite pastime, cooking. The goal of this series is to introduce URMC researchers to the community, outside of their comfort zones in the lab, in an personal way that also showcases what they investigate. While initially focused around Wilmot Cancer Institute scientists, the URMC Public Relations team plans to expand to feature researchers in other areas of URMC.

Watch the video on UR Medicine's Vimeo channel.

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