News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
November 2012
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty Accomplishments
CMSRU at Run the Bridge
WOW Recap
Rebecca Sckloot Lecture Nov. 14
Med Ed Grand Rounds Start Nov. 20
CMSRU Breaking News! 


Give the Gift of Warmth 


CMSRU's Office of Multicultural, Community and Special Academic Programs is now collecting NEW winter hats, scarves, and gloves for school age children in the Lanning Square community. A donation box is in the CMSRU lobby, and we will continue to collect items until end of November.  Monetary donations will also be accepted and items will be purchased on your behalf. Contact Octavia Nash, Program Coordinator for CMSRU's Office of Multicultural, Community and Special Academic Programs, at (856) 361-2818 or email nash@rowan.edu.  

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



The sixth edition of Health Care Ethics, co-authored by John McGeehan, MD, CMSRU's Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, was published in October. The book, which is the leading text book on the subject, explores the fundamental concerns of modern medical ethics, including autonomy, beneficence, justice, and confidentiality. It also provides analysis, cases, and insights from professional literature.


Goodman Michael H. Goodman, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, was honored by the March of Dimes during the organization's annual Born to Shine Gala in Atlantic City.  


Newmark The October 2012 edition of Psychiatric Annals features an article by Thomas Newmark, MD, Professor of Psychiatry. The article discusses the efficacy of visualization for improving the performance of elite athletes. Click HERE to read the article.   


Russo Andrea M. Russo, MD, Professor of Medicine, and her cardiac electrophysiology team were the first on the East Coast to implant the new, FDA-approved Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator (S-ICD) System into a patient. It is the world's first and only commercially available totally S-ICD for the treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The S-ICD System sits entirely just below the skin without the need for leads to be placed into or onto the heart. This leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched, offering patients an alternative to standard transvenous implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).Dr. Russo was a principal investigator of the clinical study that led to the recent FDA approval, having had the opportunity to previously implant the device in other patients during the study.


During the first week of November, several members of CMSRU's leadership team participated in the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). The event is the premier gathering of current and future leaders in academic medicine. It is the single best forum for current and future medical school and teaching hospital leaders, faculty, administrators, residents, and students to engage in meaningful discussions focused on shaping the future of health care. Presenting at this year's national conference, held in San Francisco, were: Paul Katz, MD, Dean; Annette C. Reboli, MD, Vice Dean; and John F. McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions.

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CMSRU Students Represent at Run the Bridge

BridgeRun2012 A team of CMSRU students were among the 4,500 participants in this year's Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K race, which also included several CMSRU faculty members. The event benefits The Larc School in Bellmawr, which provides education for students with intensive special needs. Congratulations to all the CMSRU students and faculty who completed the run! 


CMSRU Students Shadow Clinical Faculty During WOW


WOW 2012

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University's (CMSRU) 50 first-year students had a glimpse of what the future might hold for them during their first "Week on the Wards" (WOW). Held October 22-25 -- during week eight of CMSRU's case based, integrated and organ centric curriculum -- WOW was a chance for students to observe the patient care team firsthand.


WOW 2012During WOW, students were divided into small groups that rotated through patient care areas, under the supervision of clinical faculty. They observed all aspects of patient care delivery on the following units: OB/Gyn, pediatrics, medical or surgical intensive care, the operating rooms, internal medicine and emergency medicine. CMSRU's early patient exposure is part of its progressive, mission-driven curriculum designed develop future doctors who are equipped to meet the needs and challenges of patient care in the 21st century.


"Our students were asked to look at the core competencies of communication, teamwork, professionalism, system-based practice and practice improvement," explains Michael Goldberg, MD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. "At week's end, they participated in sessions to reflect on their observations and how it related to the competencies--both good and bad." 


"I found this week incredibly motivating," reflected Daniel Lefler, a CMSRU student from Haddonfield, NJ. "What was most impactful to me was meeting the doctors. Their passion was contagious, and I couldn't help but be excited to be part of the field. I'm so happy that after a difficult exam, I got to be reminded why I am doing this - because a passion in the field makes for a doctor who can't help but heal."


The clinical faculty who worked with the students at Cooper also found the experience to be a positive one. "After 34 years in medical education I am thrilled to admit I was genuinely excited and energized to relate to our own 'Cooper' medical students," said H. Warren Goldman, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chairman and Chief of the Department of Neurosugery. Nearly 75 clinical faculty and residents participated in WOW.


WOW 2012 The next Week On the Wards for the Class of 2016 will be held in the second year. Students will concentrate on one specific patient care area during year two.   

CMSRU to Live Stream Rebecca Skloot Lecture, Nov. 14

Not able to attend the lecture by Rebecca Skloot, author of The  Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, on Rowan's Glassboro campus this month? Join us at CMSRU instead, where we will have the entire program live-streaming in our auditorium. The event is Wednesday, November 14 at 11 a.m. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  is the award-winning book about the origin of the HeLa cell line. It 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. 


This event is being co-sponsored by Rowan, CMSRU and Coriell Institute. CMSRU students will be attending the program as part of the curriculum.The event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is necessary. It is being held in the Ballroom of the Student Center on Rowan University's Glassboro campus.


Medical Education Grand Rounds Series Starts in Nov.

Tuesday, November 20 at 7 a.m. is the kick-off to a special series of Medical Education Grand Rounds at CMSRU.  


Hill Join us in the CMSRU auditorium for "The Impact of Health Disparities and the Role CMSRU Can Play in Their Elimination." Our speaker is 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.   


The CMSRU Medical Education Grand Rounds series includes four, one-hour long sessions between November and May which will cover topics in health policy, public health, diversity and cultural competence, and medical education. All Grand Rounds will be held from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the CMSRU auditorium. Additional sessions will be held January 8, March 12, and May 14.


If you plan to attend the program on November 20th, RSVP to Deanne Connors at connors@rowan.edu. 

 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.    


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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