Thanks to Kelly Hyndman, PhD (Nephrology) and the team in Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine, Translational Research Immersion Modules for our interns were successfully piloted this year, giving 44 residents a chance to pipette, measure rat urine sodium, count macrophages, observe mouse surgery, and more. After the experience, a majority reported a greater appreciation of the value of basic science to clinicians. 

Monica Baskin, PhD (Preventive Medicine) will serve as the Department of Medicine’s first Vice Chair for Culture and Diversity. Monica leads a nationally recognized NIH-funded research program to reduce or eliminate health disparities through community-engaged research, and she chairs the Advancing Health Equity Priority Group of Jefferson County’s Health Action Partnership. As DOM Vice Chair, Monica will lead our efforts to develop a culture of respect and inclusion, working with each Division to capitalize on the diversity of our faculty, staff, and learners.

Jeffrey Kepes, MD (PGY-2) and Alayne Markland, DO, MSc (Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) collaborated with James Wilhite, Jr. (MS-3) to publish “Complications of Indwelling Urinary Catheter Care and Care Transitions: A Teachable Moment” in JAMA Internal Medicine

Patient Care Kudos go to Spencer Idstein, MD (R-4) for his proactive work to transition an 18- year-old male patient with cerebral palsy from the pediatric primary care clinic to IM4. 

Patient care kudos go to our S9 Care Team on the Tinsley Service. For the past month, they cared for a Hispanic patient with metastatic cancer who required oxygen but didn’t qualify for outpatient care due to his immigration status. Knowing end of life was imminent, everyone worked valiantly to reunite this patient with his family in Mexico. The advocacy was remarkable and multi-disciplinary, involving residents William Moore, MD, Michael Osunsanmi, MD, and Sarah Marucci, MD; S9 leaders Kelley Williams, RN, and Martin Rodriguez, MD; social worker Kalyn Burgio; and James Willig, MD, who frequently acted as a translator. In a heart wrenching twist, the patient didn’t live to make the trip home. Nevertheless, we are terrifically inspired by the depth and breadth of compassion that all who were involved demonstrated for this patient.