News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
October 2012
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty Accomplishments
News Submissions
Grand Rounds Series Announced
White Coat Ceremony
Dr. Andrea Bottaro
CMSRU Breaking News! 

Rebecca Skloot Lecture -- November 14 


Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the award-winning book about the origin of the HeLa cell line, will provide a special lecture to students and faculty on Wednesday, November 14 at 11 a.m.  The program will be held in the Ballroom at the Student Center on Rowan University's Glassboro campus.  


This event is being co-sponsored by Rowan, CMSRU and Coriell Institute.  CMSRU students will be attending the program as part of the curriculum.  Faculty members are encouraged to attend as well. The event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is necessary. 


For those who cannot make the trip to Glassboro, please join us in the CMSRU auditorium at 11 a.m. on November 14th to watch the presentation live-streamed from the main campus.  


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  was selected as a best book of 2010 by more than 60 media outlets, has been translated into more than 25 languages, and is being made into an HBO film by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.  Click HERE to read the New York Times book review of this important piece of literature. 


What's in a Name?  How About a Free Lunch!  


In the coming weeks, CMSRU's long-awaited servery, located adjacent to the Learning Commons, will be open for business! Here, students, faculty and visitors will be able to purchase coffee and other beverages, prepared breakfast and lunch food, and healthy snacks.    


Now, we are offering students and faculty the opportunity to leave their mark on our new school by naming the servery!  If your submission is selected by our panel of judges, not only will you see your creative vision permanently and professionally displayed, you will also win a gift certificate for a free lunch!   

Send your name ideas to

coopermednews@rowan.edu by Friday, October 19 with "Servery" in the subject line.  The winner will be notified by email and announced in the next issue of Making the Rounds.

Recent CMSRU Faculty Accomplishments


The following 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



October 2012 Melissa A. Carran, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at CMSRU, published an editorial, "Treating status epilepticus without coma induction?" in Critical Care Medicine 2012, Vol. 40, No. 9.   


To view the complete editorial, click here HERE.  


 We Want Your News!  


 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, please submit it to coopermednews@rowan.edu and someone from our marketing team will contact you.  

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Special Lecture Next Tuesday on Music & Memory
On Tuesday, October 16th, from Noon to 1 p.m., CMSRU is hosting a program on "Music and Memory" as part of a more extensive program hosted by Rowan University. The speaker will be Daniel Cohen, director of Music and Memory, a nonprofit organization that utilizes music therapy to help the elderly with memory disorders as well as those with chronic and severe health problems. Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at Noon in Room 522 of the Medical Education Building. 

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Deanne Conners at conners@rowan.edu so that we may obtain an accurate count for lunch.  DEADLINE FOR RSVP IS 4 P.M. TOMORROW -- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12!!! 

CMSRU Grand Rounds Series Announced

Cooper Medical School faculty are invited to attend a special series of Medical Education Grand Rounds this academic year. The Grand Round series, which includes four, one-hour long sessions between November and May, will cover topics in health policy, public health, diversity and cultural competence, and medical education. All Grand Rounds will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the CMSRU auditorium. 


The inaugural lecture on November 20, 2012 is "The Impact of Health Disparities and the Role CMSRU Can Play in Their Elimination."  The speaker will be George C. Hill, Ph.D., Levi Watkins Jr. Professor and Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM).  Formerly Associate Dean for Diversity in Medical Education at VUSM, he became Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs and Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs last fall.  Dr. Hill was born and raised in Camden and is a member of the Cooper Medical School Board.   


Additional sessions will be held January 8, March 12, and May 14.


CMSRU Hosts Urban Health Summit 

On October 4th and 5th, leaders from medical schools in Tulsa, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit - members of the University Cooperative on Urban Health - visited CMSRU to participate in a two-day Urban Health Summit.  During this annual conference, the group discussed challenges facing U.S. medical schools in underserved urban communities and shared best practices for health care delivery and community outreach.

October 2012 CMSRU clinical faculty members Anna Headly, MD and Jeffrey Brenner, MD, presented at the event, along with Cooper President and CEO John P. Sheridan, Jr.  Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), provided one of the key note presentations.  The event was organized by Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, Associate Dean for Multicultural and Community Affairs. 

Students Receive White Coats at September Ceremony

October 2012 The 50 members of CMSRU's charter class donned their crisp white coats for the very first time at a special "White Coat Ceremony" last month.  The event, a symbolic welcome into the profession of medicine, was held in the presence of family, friends and faculty. 


"The white coat identifies the medical student as a health professional, a part of the vast and complex healthcare system in our country," noted Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU.  "While they have much to learn on their journeys to truly becoming healers in the true academic sense of the word, donning the white coat marks the first steps on that journey." 


Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), was the keynote speaker.  He warned students not to be surprised if their white coats didn't feel like they fit well. "It's not a problem of tailoring; it's a problem of experience," he said.  "What will happen over the next four years is that you'll have experiences.  Again, they'll be different, just like our pathways to medicine, but they will make this coat finally feel comfortable on you." 


Click HERE to read full coverage of the White Coat Ceremony. 

Focus on Faculty:  Andrea Bottaro, PhD 

Andrea Bottaro, PhD, has joined the CMSRU faculty as Professor of Biomedical Sciences.He was previously on the faculty of the Department of Medicine of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. 


Dr. Bottaro earned his PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Torino in Italy, after which he carried out postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and at Harvard Medical School in Boston. 


Dr. Bottaro is an immunologist, and his teaching at CMSRU will focus on immunology and microbiology.  His primary research interests are on the function of antibody-producing B lymphocytes in normal immune responses and autoimmunity, in both human patients and animal models of disease.  He has published extensively in these fields, is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, and a standing member of the NIH Cellular and Molecular Immunology B Study Section. 


Welcome Dr. Bottaro!

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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