News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
May 2012
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Newsletter Submissions
CMSRU Holds "2nd Look Day"
Faculty Development Week
Construction Update
Volunteer for "JUMP High"
Focus on Faculty
New Facilities Director
CMSRU Breaking News! 
Dr. Dellinger Leading International EUPHRATES Trial

The Gloucester County Times recently published an article about Cooper's involvement as the flagship investigative center for an international clinical trial to find a treatment for septic shock. R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, Director of Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Medicine at CMSRU, was interviewed and spoke of his research in the field of critical care medicine. The study, referred to as EUPHRATES (or Evaluating Use of Polymyxin B Hemoperfusion in a Randomized controlled trial of Adults Treated for Endotoxemia and Septic Shock), will be conducted on patients experiencing symptoms of septic shock in 30 academic medical centers in the U.S. and Canada.



Click HERE to read the complete article.           


Dean's Blog Covers Trends, News and Other Topics


What does "Obamacare" mean for CMSRU? What effect does medical student debt have on the healthcare system? What is the role of simulation training in CMSRU's curriculum?   


These are just a few of the many topics covered recently in "Dean Katz's Blog," a series of essays by Founding Dean Paul Katz and his "guest" bloggers.   


The blogs, which are posted about twice monthly on the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University website, cover a range of topics related to Cooper Medical School, trends in medical education, and issues in healthcare locally, regionally and nationally. 


Click HERE here to review the articles in "Dean Katz's Blog."         



Recent CMSRU Faculty Accomplishments

The following academic achievements were submitted to "Making the Rounds" by CMSRU faculty. 


If you have an achievement you would like to share with colleagues, submit it to coopermednews@rowan.edu



Faculty members from the Division of Endocrinology are presenting six posters at the 2012 national meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Topics include:    


-"Massive elevation of LDL cholesterol due to mitotane"   

-"Severe hypomagnesemic hypocalcemia due to carboplatin"  


-"Heart block in myxedema coma"  


-"Malignant pleural effusion in papillary thyroid cancer"  


-"Concurrent primary hyperparathyroidism and hypercalcemia of malignancy in a patient with hypercalcemia"  


-"Concurrent primary and secondary hypothyroidism in a patient with pericardial effusion"


The Division of Endocrinology had a 7th poster accepted, this one at the national meeting of The Endocrine Society.  The topic is "Rapid Progression to Overt Hypothyroidism with Very High Levothyroxine Requirements Following Initiation of Antiepileptic Drugs." 


Congratulations to the Endocrine Division! 



Annette C. Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU, co-authored a study that was published in the April 2012 edition of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study -- "Impact of treatment strategy on outcomes in patients with candidemia and other forms of invasive candidiasis: a patient-level quantitative review of randomized trials," -- analyzed data from 1915 patients from seven clinical trials for invasive candidiasis to identify optimal therapy. The accompanying editorial called the study "among the most notable on invasive candidiasis in recent years."




Published as the lead article in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Joseph V. Lombardi MD, Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at CMSRU, presents the results of the STABLE trial for the minimally invasive treatment for Type B aortic dissection.  "Compared to other forms of therapy for Type B aortic dissection, this approach has the lowest documented morbidity and mortality," said Dr. Lombardi, Global principal investigator of the STABLE trial.

Enrollment continues at Cooper for the STABLE trial. Cooper is one of only five centers in the United States offering this groundbreaking therapy.


To read the complete article click HERE.  


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Admissions Update: Look Twice Before You Leap 
Future students touring the MEB at "2nd Look Day." 

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to showcase the benefits of attending CMSRU to 45 students who were accepted for admission in the charter class and their families or significant others. The visitors participated in "2nd Look Day," a special open house designed to assist students in making their final medical school decision, which must be completed by May 15. "Being a member of a charter class is a unique privilege, but with that comes unique responsibilities," noted John F. McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions."We want our students to be confident that they've made the right choice."


During "2nd Look Day," students were able to interact with CMSRU faculty and administrators during formal and informal programs and question and answer sessions; learn more about Cooper, Camden and the surrounding communities; tour the nearly-completed Medical Education Building; and meet with representatives regarding curriculum, campus safety, scholarships, financial aid, and student housing. 


The accepted students came away from the event expressing positive impressions and excitement. "I just wanted to tell you how wonderful today was," emailed one student after the event. "I am officially sold - I am pulling out from all other schools. Cooper it is!"


CMSRU's charter class of 50 students arrives August 13. 

CMSRU Faculty Development Week: May 8 through May 11 

CMSRU's first Faculty Development Week is Tuesday, May 8 through Friday, May 11. Designed to help prepare faculty to be better teachers, Faculty Development Week will include formal presentations at various departmental grand rounds, workshops and observation rounds by in-house and guest faculty.The program is being co-sponsored by Cooper University Hospital and CMSRU.


This year's guest faculty include the following nationally renowned leaders in faculty development: Joseph O. Lopreiato, MD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Simulation Education, Uniformed Services University; Gregory Blaschke, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Oregon Health and Sciences University; and Gregory J. Toussaint, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Wright State University. 


"I encourage faculty, residents, and students to attend as many programs of Faculty Development Week as possible," said Annette C. Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU.  "The information provided will help us be well prepared for the arrival of our students in August."

Click HERE to the view the full schedule of events. 
Construction Update 
Drs. Viner, Jaffe and Weinstock take a hard hat tour of the new MEB with Dr. Reboli 

One month to go until substantial completion, and it's looking like we will really make it!  The many months of hard work are bearing fruit, as we begin to finalize construction, floor by floor. All of the major building systems are currently being tested, with boilers, chiller, air handlers, water heaters, all beginning to hum. 


Terrazzo floors are polished, paint is going on the walls, carpeting is being installed, and doors are appearing where there used to be just holes in the wall. Our planned "green roof" is finally green - with a massive amount of sedum brightening up the view of the 2nd floor roof.


Even the streets surrounding the school are getting an upgrade. Paving of the perimeter streets is almost finished, and we have new sidewalks already in place. In addition, this week you'll see trees appearing around the entire perimeter of the building, with new lamp posts arriving soon.


Upon substantial completion on June 1, we'll have another month of ongoing work - finalizing punch lists, installing furniture and equipment, and making final adjustments to the systems and facility. Once those adjustments are complete, we'll be ready to move in and welcome our inaugural class!

Faculty Volunteer Opportunities Available for May "JUMP High" 

The final "JUMP High" of the spring is being held on Saturday, May 19 and Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Multicultural and Community Affairs, invites Cooper physicians, fellows and residents to be part of this fun and rewarding day."Twenty-five amazing students attended our last JUMP High session, and the feedback from our physician volunteers was tremendous," she said."It's a great opportunity to get involved in the community. "To volunteer or recommend a South Jersey high school student for the program, contact Octavia S. Nash, Program Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural, Community and Special Academic Programs at CMSRU, at nash@rowan.edu or 856-361-2818.

Focus on Faculty:
Ira R. Josephson, PhD


Ira R. Josephson, PhD, an internationally-respected researcher and medical science educator in physiology with a focus on the electrophysiology of cardiac ion channels, has joined CMSRU's faculty as Professor of Biomedical Sciences. 


Dr. Josephson was awarded his doctoral degree in Physiology from the University of Virginia in 1981. His postdoctoral research fellowship was performed at the University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston. 


With a career spanning over three decades in the field of cardiac cellular electrophysiology and as a medical science educator, Dr. Josephson has held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and was awarded a National Research Council Senior Fellowship at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. Prior to joining CMSRU, Dr. Josephson was Associate Medical Professor at City College of New York (CUNY) where he taught medical physiology and pharmacology courses. Dr. Josephson has received numerous research grants and awards including a $1.7 million SCORE grant award from NIH for his research at minority-serving institutions. 


An early investigator in the field and pioneer in cardiac cellular electrophysiological methods and techniques, Dr. Josephson has authored numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters and presentations. His current research focuses on single cardiac calcium channels and the electrophysiology of cardiac-directed stem cells.

Dr. Josephson is currently developing the Physiology curriculum and will coordinate the Physiology teaching in the Biomedical Sciences Department at CMSRU.

CMSRU Appoints Facilities Director


Dennis P. Collins has joined CMSRU as Director of Facilities. He brings with him nearly 20 years experience at the University of Pennsylvania where he most recently served as Interim Director of Facilities. At Penn, Mr. Collins worked with school deans, chairs and directors in developing capital and facilities renewal projects, and managed the organization's routine and preventive maintenance, including housekeeping and contract services. 


"Dennis was well known at Penn for his success in creating a culture of excellence and collaboration among his employees and with the constituencies served by the Facilities Department," said Valerie P. Weil, MD, Associate Dean for Finance, Administration and Operations. "His positive leadership style is a great fit for the culture we are creating at CMSRU."


Mr. Collins will oversee CMSRU's physical campus--its academic, research and administrative spaces, the infrastructure that supports the building, and the landscape that surrounds it. He will be responsible for managing more than 20 new employees in housekeeping and the mechanical trades, and directing a range of contracted services. 

"I'm pleased to be part of this exciting endeavor," said Mr. Collins."The faculty and future students will be coming into this building with big dreams, so it's important that the Facilities Department sets the bar high and strives for excellence in all that we do."
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