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Faculty Members Lang, Solky Establish New Endowed Fund for Division of Hospital Medicine

December 10, 2021

Thanks to the generosity of Valerie Lang, M.D., M.H.P.E. and Alexander Solky, M.D., faculty in the division of Hospital Medicine can soon apply for funding to enhance their career development. The endowed fund is named the Lang and Solky Hospitalist Faculty Development Award, and will be held in perpetuity within the department of Medicine.

Hospitalists teach every medical student and internal resident here, and as such improve the health care system for patients, as well as doctors in training. Lang and Solky created this fund to honor hospitalists who proved their dedication during the pandemic, and hope this annual award will support the University’s goal of promoting a diverse faculty and enhancing our educational missions. Solky is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, who met Lang while both were residents in Internal Medicine at URMC. They are now a happily married couple, who are delighted to establish this fund.

Funding will be used for attending courses and seminars, travel and registration for conferences, supporting scholarly or educational projects, and much more. “Hospitalists are critical to the academic and clinical missions of the hospital,” said Lang. “We have long wished to establish the first endowment to support hospitalist faculty. As director of Faculty Development for Hospital Medicine, I have been inspired by the tremendous talent, energy, and dedication of our hospitalist faculty members. Our goal is to grow this fund over time and support more opportunities for hospitalists’ professional development.”

Information on how and when to apply will be communicated in the near future.

Dr. Valerie Lang Honored with AOA Teaching Award

August 26, 2021

Valerie Lan, MD, MHPE, associate professor of Medicine and senior associate division chief of Hospital Medicine, received the 2021 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Among her achievements, Lang led the design and implementation of a groundbreaking medical student program, Meliora in Medicine, which combines health systems science with other disciplines.

Read more about this award.

Dr. Valerie Lang Publishes Article on Key Features Examinations to Assess Medical Clerkship Students

February 2019

Valerie Lang, M.D. is the first author in February’s Academic Medicine article, "Validity Evidence for a Brief Online Key Features Examination in the Internal Medicine Clerkship." This article introduces the first nationally developed Key Features Examinations (KFE) to assess the clinical decision making of U.S. students in the medicine clerkship. Dr. Lang served as Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship for 13 years and the Sub-I for 15 years, and she is past-president of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine. She is the inaugural director of the Meliora in Medicine course and thread. A former Dean’s Teaching Fellow, she now mentors two current teaching fellows.

Hospital Medicine Faculty Recognized at Annual Symposium

January 2019

The 5th Annual Team Based Care Symposium took place in January at URMC. This symposium explored national strategies for high performing team work in an academic medical center and highlighted the University’s effective teams, the challenges they faced and strategies they developed for success.

Several members of the Hospital Medicine Division were recognized at this event:

  • Dr. Christine Osborne, part of the 6-3400 Pursuing Excellence Project, was recognized for the work of her interdisciplinary team on lessening length of stay, getting early discharges with early completion of the medication reconciliation process, and decreasing ED boarding time.
  • Dr. Jenny Shen, a Geriatric Faculty Scholar award recipient, was recognized for the successes of the Geriatric Fracture Center (GFC). This collaborative model of care with orthopedic surgery and hospital medicine has led to improvements in several clinical domains.
  • Dr. Deb Ogie, Medical Director of 6-1200, shared her unit’s successes through effective rounding strategies and communication. This unit’s innovative rounding model, incorporating the entire care team (nursing, care coordinator, social worker, PT, APP, primary provider), has been widely adapted across the medical units at Strong Memorial.
  • Dr. Meghan Train, the Quality Improvement project leader on 6-1600, presented her team’s accomplishments, which center on at-risk patients, to increase Naloxone prescriptions upon discharge from the hospital.