News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
April 2012
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Important Faculty Reminders
Record Donation Made to CMSRU
Faculty Website Now Live!
Construction Update
Intro to Blackboard
J.U.M.P High at CMSRU

CMSRU Breaking News!

 CMSRU Dean Named "Outstanding Woman" 

Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, CMSRU's Associate Dean for Multicultural and Community Affairs, was named an "Outstanding Woman of Burlington County" by the Burlington County Freeholders' Advisory Council on Women.  The Outstanding Woman of Burlington County awards recognize women who have made a difference within the Burlington County community for significant contributions in their chosen field, as well as those who act as mentors, role models, or advocates for other women. Dr. Mitchell-Williams was recognized for her dedication to patient care, and her committment to educating the community about health and wellness issues. Click HERE to read media coverage on the award. 


Dr. Parrillo Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Society of Critical Care Medicine presented Joseph E. Parrillo, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at CMSRU, with its "Lifetime Achievement Award."  The award, which honors individuals who demonstrate meritorious contributions to the field of critical care through the advancement of medical science, medical education and medical care, was presented during the opening ceremony of the SCCM's 41st Congress.  Dr. Parrillo was only the thirteenth recipient in the 40-year history of the organization.



Admissions Team to Present at National Conference

 John McGeehan, MD,
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, and Catherine B. Dayton, PhD, Director of Admissions, will host a session at the annual meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) in June.  They will co-present "New Interview Formats - Finding the Real Applicant: Multiple-Mini-Interviews and Standardized Patient Encounters" with admissions personnel from Stanford University School of Medicine.The presentation will focus on CMSRU's use of Standardized Patient Encounters during the interview process."The data from these interactions have shown to be highly predictive of those students who mesh with our mission - those who 'get us' and what we are trying to do," explain Drs. Dayton and McGeehan in an Open Letter to advisors and students published in The Advisor, the Journal of NAAHP.



Dr. Cardonick Provides Commentary on Important International Research

Elyce Cardonick, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CMSRU, developed the commentary about a study finding chemotherapy during pregnancy does not harm a woman's fetus. The study and commentary were published in the February 10 online edition of Lancet Oncology and covered in the health section of U.S. News and World Report.  Click HERE  to read the full news article.


 We Want Your News! 

Have you received any awards or honors recently?  Published research?   


If you have news related to your position at CMSRU that you would like to share with your fellow clinical and basic science faculty members, we want to know.  We also welcome ideas for topics you would like to see covered in this newsletter.   


Please submit story ideas to coopermednews@rowan.edu and someone from our marketing team will contact you.  



 Important Faculty Reminders! 

  • Faculty who have submitted letters of intent for promotion must submit all completed materials at this time!
  • Faculty Development Week will be Tuesday, May 8 through Friday, May 11. Annette Reboli, MD, CMSRU's Vice Dean, will email complete activity schedules in the coming weeks.


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Making the Rounds

Paul Katz

Dear Colleague:

It's hard to believe that in just a few months, the 50 students of our charter class will fill the active learning rooms, medical library and simulation center and we will, finally, bring to life the unique curriculum we've all worked so hard to develop.


Launching a brand new medical school is truly a historic occasion, one that will have an impact on generations to come. Today, I invite you to celebrate this significant event by joining the 2012 Legacy Society, CMSRU's initial philanthropic initiative. With a donation of $1000 or more, you can help support our mission of medical education, biomedical research, patient care and service to the community. Membership in the 2012 Legacy Society will close at the end of the first year of the Charter Class - summer, 2013. (Read more about this HERE on our website.) We will have a permanent 2012 Legacy Society display at the Dean's office in our new education building, acknowledging those who realize the importance of a donation at this early time in our development.


While we've been fortunate to have some early, generous contributions, including the $250,000 gift from Dr. Michael Renzi and family, our recent $300,000 gift from the Schlitt physician family and the $1.055 million gift from Lawrence and Rita Salva, in order to truly establish and differentiate medical education in southern New Jersey we will need to continue to do more. Scholarships, naming opportunities in our new building and supporting research are just a few ways in which you can support our school.


Imagine what we can do together!


Best regards,

Paul Katz, MD

Founding Dean

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

NJ Couple Donates $1.055 million to CMSRU

On March 12, The Rowan University Foundation announced that Comcast Corp. executive and Rowan alumnus Lawrence J. Salva, and his wife, Rita, donated $1.055 million to CMSRU to establish the Lawrence & Rita Salva Medical Scholars Fund at Rowan. The single largest gift to date for CMSRU, the Salvas' pledge will establish a $1 million endowment to benefit students enrolled at CMSRU. The additional $55,000 - and the earnings on the endowment - will provide $100,000 in scholarships for the medical school's charter class.


The Salvas wanted to help address the significant debt incurred by medical school graduates. "This scholarship fund gives us a tremendous opportunity to help medical school students pursue their dreams as they work to make a positive impact on the lives of others," said Mr. Salva. 


At a press conference announcing the gift, Founding Dean Paul Katz, MD, expressed gratitude on behalf of CMSRU's faculty and future students, and noted the significant and lasting effect the donation will have. "Each and every patient that receives care from a CMSRU graduate benefits from the generosity of all of those who have already given."


Dr. Katz noted that in addition to helping to allay medical student debt, the gift also puts CMSRU in a more competitive position. "Since many of our accepted students have been accepted by other medical schools, offering them financial assistance is critical for us as we look to attract the most highly qualified students who match our mission and who need financial assistance to attend our school."


Click HERE to watch a video about the Salva donation.

Faculty Pages Go Live 
We're pleased to announce that the Faculty section of CMSRU's website is now live! This new section provides general information about CMSRU's distinguished faculty, and will serve as a teaching and career resource for clinical and basic science faculty members. The new web pages include faculty announcements and a calendar of important events; policies, procedures and relevant forms for appointments, promotions and volunteering; and links to resources for faculty career development.

 "Our faculty is a precious resource. We are committed to supporting the personal and professional growth and development of each and every member," states Annette Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU, in her Faculty page welcome message. "We hope that you will find the materials and offerings posted on this portion of our website useful as you journey along your career path at CMSRU."


Go to www.rowan.edu/coopermed/faculty/ to explore this newly launched section the CMSRU website.  We welcome feedback and/or suggestions on additional information for these pages.  Email your ideas to coopermednews@rowan.edu.  

Construction Update   

In less than nine weeks, construction will be completed on the new medical education building, and we will begin the process of installing furniture, AV and IT equipment, and actually moving faculty and staff in! We expect to have all of our staff relocated by mid-July, with only a few short weeks remaining before the students arrive in mid-August.


Over the past weeks, we have seen the signage installed on the east fašade of the building, and expect the west fašade signage to be installed within the next several weeks. Most of the progress, however, is happening inside. Last week, the scaffolding was taken down in the auditorium, finally showing us how impressive that space will be when it's filled with 250 people. We're starting to see areas of polished terrazzo floors, painted walls, carpeting, and even casework - in both the laboratories and the active learning rooms. We can almost see our charter class sitting and studying there.


We took our first rides in the elevators, and have seen all of the boilers, chillers, air handlers, and other large equipment moving into place in the penthouse. Within a few more weeks, much of this equipment will come on-line and start to heat, cool, and manage the internal climate of the building. Climate control will be necessary prior to installation of final wood and other finishes, so we're well on our way.


Stay tuned - it won't be too long before construction will be a topic of the past!

CMSRU Introduces Blackboard 

 Clinical and basic science faculty at CMSRU will be able connect with students and develop an engaging learning environment using Blackboard, one of the most innovative, high-tech learning management systems in the world. Rowan University has been successfully using Blackboard for the past several years.


"Blackboard can be an excellent tool that enhances and streamlines the teaching experience. Today's students are accustomed to this type of technology in their education," says Joe Ferrarie, Instructional Designer at CMSRU. "My goal is to educate CMSRU faculty so they understand how to use it to its full potential."


Joe, who joined CMSRU in February, is beginning to work with faculty to introduce them to the system and its numerous customizable features, like discussion boards, student journals and blogs. He will also assist faculty with organizing course materials for electronic posting. Joe is co-presenter with Sergio Zanotti-Cavazzoni, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, at the April 3rd Faculty Development Forum, "Using Technology to Enhance Teaching Effectiveness."


For specific questions about the Blackboard Learning System, email Joe at ferrarie@rowan.edu.

J.U.M.P. High Focuses on Promising Science Students

This spring, more than 80 local high school students will participate in CMSRU's Junior Urban Medical Pioneers High School Academy (J.U.M.P. High), a selective educational program designed to encourage minority students to pursue higher education in the areas of science and medicine.   


J.U.M.P. High is a one-day event held at Cooper University Hospital and is filled with hands-on activities and interactive learning sessions.  CMSRU's Office of Multicultural, Community, and Special Academic Programs is working with local high school guidance counselors and science teachers to identify students for the program.


Dozens of Cooper faculty and residents representing Emergency Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Anesthesia, Pediatrics and Basic Science departments volunteered to participate in the three J.U.M.P. High sessions scheduled this spring. The first class was held Saturday, March 17, and according to Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Multicultural and Community Affairs, it was a tremendous success."The dedication and enthusiasm of the medical professionals really made a difference," she said."The remarkable teens who participated were engaged and motivated, and I'm confident the program will have an influence on their career and educational goals." 


The spring 2012 J.U.M.P. High sessions are April 21st and May 19th. Due to the program's overwhelming success, plans for J.U.M.P. High in fall 2012 are now underway. For information about volunteering, email Dr. Mitchell-Williams at williamsjo@rowan.edu.

About Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
CMSRU is committed to providing humanistic education in the art and science of medicine within a scientific and scholarly community in which inclusivity, excellence in patient care, innovative teaching, research and service to our community are valued.

Core values include a commitment to diversity, personal mentorship, professionalism, collaboration and mutual respect, civic responsibility, patient advocacy and lifelong learning. 
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
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Camden, New Jersey 08103