News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
June 2012
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty Accomplishments
Newsletter Submissions
Poster Symposium Next Week!
Faculty Assemby Meeting in July
Construction Update
Med Staff Scholarship Awardees Named
Welcome Dr. Hector Lopez
Dr. Reboli Receives Global Education Award
CMSRU Breaking News! 

Who is the CMSRU Class of 2016?  

After reviewing nearly 2900 applications and conducting 300 student interviews, we finally have an idea of who will make up the charter class of CMSRU.  August 13, the day students arrive for orientation, will be here before we know it.  For an overview of the class demographics, click HERE to read the latest blog post by Paul Katz, MD, Founding Dean of CMSRU.

CMSRU Deans Participate in Rowan Commencement  

Paul Katz, MD, Founding Dean, Annette C. Reboli, MD, Vice Dean, and Michael Goldberg, MD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, recently participated in Rowan University's commencement ceremony.  Congratulations to the Rowan University Class of 2012!  

Record Participation in 14th Annual Research Week

Cooper's 14th Annual Research Week was another tremendous success!  More than 100 posters were submitted by fellows, residents, medical students, nurses, allied health/technical staff and pharmacy students.

"There is a great deal of enthusiasm for this event, especially from the many faculty who evaluated the posters and attended the event," said Harry Mazurek, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Director of the Cooper Research Institute.


Click HERE for the full story about Research Week and the list of winning entries.

CMSRU Faculty Honored at GME Recognition Dinner

Cooper's Department of Graduate Medical Education honored several CMSRU faculty members during the Resident Recognition Dinner held earlier this month.  The event, held annually, recognizes residents and fellows graduating from Cooper University Hospital training programs. Additionally, awards are also provided to a few faculty for exceptional contributions to their respective fields.


Vijay Rajput, MD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Phase II, received the Dorothy and Sol Sherry Award for Teaching Excellence; David R. Gerber, DO, Associate Professor of Medicine, received the W. Eric Scott MD Award for Excellence in Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine; and Saifuddin T. Mama, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Dr. Diane Barton Caring Award.


"Each of these recipients demonstrates an unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care and medical education," said Annette C. Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU.  "We're extremely proud to have them as members of the faculty of CMSRU."

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 from several divisions of the Department of Pediatrics presented at the at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on April 28-May 1. 


Division of Adolescent Medicine

Poster Presentation: Association between Breastfeeding and Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Two Year Olds


Division of Neonatology

Platform Presentation: Release of pro-inflammatory cytokines by TA cells from premature infants: Effects of hyperoxia, resveratrol and caffeine.


Session Chaired: NICU Follow-Up Club: Infants with Congenital Heart Disease: Maximizing Outcomes before and after Repair


Poster Presentation: Correlations in neurobehavioral functioning as measured by system scoring of the Assessment of Preterm Infant's Behavior (APIB) with infants 35-46 weeks post conceptual age (PCA).


Poster Presentation: Routine pneumograms in infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome: A retrospective analysis.


Poster Presentation: Does Humidified High Flow Nasal Cannula Improve Feeding Intolerance in Preterm Infants?


Division of Pediatric Critical Care

Poster Presentation: End of Life Education for Pediatric Residents during a Pediatric Intensive Care Rotation: Emphasis on Improving Communication Skills and Pain Management


Congratulations to the Department of Pediatrics! 

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Save the Date:  P.U.L.S.E Poster Symposium June 22 
A poster entry from last year's P.U.L.S.E. Poster Symposium

Please join CMSRU's Office of Multicultural, Community and Special Academic Programs for the annual P.U.L.S.E. Poster Symposium. The event will be held June 22, 9 a.m. to Noon, in the Robert's Pavilion Conference Room 1014.   


The symposium provides P.U.L.S.E. students with the opportunity to display their posters, which will highlight scholarly research and participation in service learning projects throughout the six week program. Posters reflect students' collaboration with faculty and community leaders to address various medical and community issues.    


"I encourage all Cooper employees to support our program by stopping by to view the students' posters and providing feedback and encouragement," said Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Multicultural & Community Affairs.   

Faculty Assembly Annual Meeting Scheduled for July 26
Mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting of the CMSRU Faculty Assembly on July 26, 2012 at 5 p.m. in the CMSRU Auditorium. All full-time faculty members are invited to attend.


The CMSRU Faculty Assembly is charged with discussing and promoting medical school policies and practices and advising the Dean on matters relating to the educational program. All full-time clinical and basic science faculty are members of the CMSRU Faculty Assembly. 


A formal invitation and agenda will be circulated later in June and posted on the faculty section of our website.

Construction Update 
CMSRU's nearly completed 250-seat auditorium

Final touches are continuing on the Medical Education Building (MEB). Much will be happening over the next 6 weeks as we prepare to actually move into our beautiful new building.


Furniture:  We have ordered, and in most cases, already are in possession of, a large amount of furniture to fill the building.  We had a walkthrough of one of our warehouses last week, and saw many of the workstations, chairs, tables, and other items that will support our work.  We'll start moving it all into the building early next week.


AV equipment:   Once the furniture is in place, we'll bring in the various servers, switchers, and other AV equipment that will allow us to deliver our digital curriculum, communicate with each other and the rest of the world, and provide the infrastructure for a variety of multimedia displays.


Research equipment:  Of course, our scholarly activity will be supported, and the equipment to help with that support will need to be ordered and put in place. We're in the process of placing orders now, and expect to have that equipment moved and ready to turn on in July.


Staffing:  Not only will we be moving "stuff" in, but staff as well! We've been busy recruiting all of the critical staff that will run the myriad of systems in the building, from boiler operators, electricians, plumbers, and equipment specialists, to those who will help keep our building safe and clean - security officers, and custodians/groundskeepers.  We're hiring IT professionals that will help to maintain our high tech toys. All of this to support the new faculty, educational coordinators, and, oh yes, the students that will soon be arriving!


Two Local Women Awarded 2012 Cooper Medical Staff Scholarship

Whether it's local children in need of coats, families without access to holiday food, or students who want to further their education but can't afford the cost, the Cooper Medical Staff has a long tradition of community involvement and generosity. With the pending arrival of the CMSRU charter class, this year is no exception. The Cooper Medical Staff has generously donated funds to create two $10,000 scholarships for incoming students. 

"The recipients of the Cooper Medical Staff Scholarships are both New Jersey residents with exceptional academic backgrounds. Additionally, both already have some experience working in the health care field - one of them as a Cooper employee," said John F. McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. "They are truly deserving of this honor."


Here is an introduction to the recipients:   


Sandra M. Pena

Sandra M. Pena is from Edison, NJ. She began her studies at Middlesex County College, where she majored in biology, then went to Rutgers, New Brunswick where she graduated as a Biology major and Public Health minor. In addition to working as a medical interpreter, Sandra has worked in multiple jobs throughout her education including being a receptionist in a medical office for years.


Erica Schramm

Erica L. Schramm was born in Camden and lives in Wenonah, NJ. She studied at Temple University where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology. She also attended a post-baccalaureate program at Drexel University.  Erica has worked as a patient services representative in the Emergency & Trauma Departments at Cooper University Hospital since 2010.  She has also served as a domestic violence/sexual assault counselor since 2009.


For additional information on giving opportunities and The 2012 Legacy Society, click HERE.

Focus on Faculty: Hector Lopez, MD

Hector Lopez, MD, a renowned educator in morphological sciences, has joined CMSRU's basic science faculty.  Dr. Lopez will educate medical students in clinical and sectional anatomy, human embryology and histology.  He will also direct the anatomy laboratories in the Medical Education Building (MEB). 


A United States Army and United States Navy Reserve veteran, Dr. Lopez earned his medical degree from Iberoamerican University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic in 2001. His postdoctoral fellowship was performed at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. 


Dr. Lopez joins CMSRU from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was an assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology in the Department of Pathology, and director of the Human Gross Dissection Laboratory.  Dr. Lopez also held faculty appointments in Jefferson's Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Radiological Sciences.  During his tenure there, he received multiple awards for teaching excellence, including the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dean's Award for Excellence in Education, and Best Teacher Award. 


Welcome Dr. Lopez!

Vice Dean Receives Global Education Award


Congratulations to Annette C. Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU, for receiving the "Global Education Award" from International Healthcare Volunteers at the organization's annual gala last month.  At the event, Dr. Reboli provided an overview about CMSRU and the school's plans to provide a curriculum that will allow students to care for individuals from around the globe.  The gala was emceed by Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Multicultural & Community Affairs and her husband, Action News anchor Rick Williams.


International Healthcare Volunteers provides free healthcare to women in underserved areas around the world, and continuing medical education to healthcare professionals in those areas.  Over the past 10 years, dozens of students, doctors and nurses from Cooper have participated in missions, providing care to over 8000 women and their families.Funded entirely by donations, International Healthcare Volunteers is headed by James Aikins, Jr., MD, a gynecologic oncologist at Cooper and associate professor of OB/GYN at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Aikins is also secretary of the CMSRU Faculty Assembly.  The next IHCV mission to Ghana will occur September 28 to October 13, 2012.

Click HERE to learn more about International Healthcare Volunteers and how it relates to CMSRU, or visit

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. 
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