News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
December 2012
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty Accomplishments
Message from the Dean
CMSRU Hosts Donor Event
Admissions Update
Skloot Visit & Grand Rounds Recap
Students Participate in "Movember"
CMSRU Breaking News! 

Holiday Drives Underway At CMSRU  

The Office of Multicultural, Community and Special Academic Programs is asking for your help to make the holidays brighter for families in the Lanning Square and Cooper Plaza Neighborhoods.  


There are two opportunities for giving. New hats and gloves for neighborhood children are being collected. You will find the drop off box in the CMSRU lobby. Or, help provide a holiday meal for a needy family by taking a shopping bag and filling it with food.  We've attached a shopping list right to the bag, which you can return to the lobby when you fill it.  


The deadline for both drives is this Friday, December 14. If you have any questions, please contact Octavia Nash, Program Director, at 856-361-2818 or nash@rowan.edu.

STAT Café Opens at CMSRU   

Looking for a new place to meet for coffee or grab a bite to eat? Stop by CMSRU's STAT Café, located adjacent to the Learning Commons on the first floor of CMSRU. STAT Café is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu features Starbucks© coffee (including espresso-based drinks); a bakery with bagels, scones, muffins and cookies; sandwiches, paninis, and hearty soups; yogurt, fruit and other healthy snacks.  


While STAT Café is a take-out restaurant, seating is available in the Learning Commons.


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



Lori B. Feldman-Winter, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, was appointed to the editorial board of Breastfeeding Medicine. In addition, she recently published two articles: "A Model Infant Feeding Policy for Baby-Friendly Designation in the USA" and "The AAP Updates Its Policy on Breastfeeding and Reached Consensus on Recommended Duration of Exclusive Breastfeeding."


Russo Andrea M. Russo, MD, Professor of Medicine, co-chaired the development a consensus statement on pacemaker device and mode selection. The document was developed in partnership between the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology Foundation and in collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. It was published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


Dr. Russo was also recently named Chair of the Health Policy Committee for the Heart Rhythm Society, the national subspecialty organization which focuses on heart rhythm disorders.



Sharon L. Kolasinski, MD, Professor of Medicine, was recognized by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation for excellence in the field of rheumatology education.


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.     

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Making the Rounds

A Message from the Dean  


Paul Katz As 2012 draws to a close, I want to thank each of you for your many contributions to CMSRU. The enrollment of the Charter Class, the Grand Opening of the Medical Education Building, the implementation of our innovative curriculum, the White Coat Ceremony and the launch of the 2012 Legacy Society were among many highlights of a remarkable year.  


We appreciate your support of Making the Rounds and I hope that we have been successful in providing you with information about our school. The faculty are the lifeblood of a medical school and your commitment to and involvement in this great adventure are much appreciated - you have launched CMSRU on a course that is true and unique in medical education. Allow me to also thank you on behalf of our students, current and future - they are the true beneficiaries of your efforts and I know you join me in anticipation of the impact they will have on our community.


My very best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holidays and New Year - may you be healthy and happy!   



Paul Katz, MD

Dean, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 

Donors Recognized at Special Holiday Reception

The medical school lobby was transformed into a twinkling, festive winter wonderland as more than 150 members of the CMSRU 2012 Legacy Society enjoyed convivial company, delicious hors d'oeuvres and tantalizing desserts at last weekend's holiday-themed event, "Cheers to Sweet Success".


Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU, noted that more than 100 philanthropic gifts have been made to Cooper Medical School so far. "This event was to acknowledge our inaugural donors," he said. "As a new school, we lack the usual alumni base to support our philanthropic initiatives. The people who stepped forward and donated have shown they truly believe in our school, our mission and our future."


Legacy members Jeffrey P. Carpenter, MD, and CMSRU student Ian Brown.  

The Legacy Society is the first philanthropic initiative of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Members, who are donors of $1,000 or more, will have their names permanently placed on the 2012 Legacy Society wall in the CMSRU Medical Education Building - a monument acknowledging the gifts that helped lay the foundation for the future of CMSRU. Donors may join the 2012 Legacy Society until June 30, 2013 -- the end of CMSRU's charter year.

For more information and to see the current (and growing!) list of Legacy Society members, click HERE  

CMSRU Admissions Update 

While our charter class has been busy learning about mycobacteria and pharmacokinetics, CMSRU's Admissions team has been hard at work putting together another group of exceptional students for the Class of 2017.


This year, 3,770 applications to CMSRU have been submitted to date, compared to last year's total of 2,900. Of those applicants, 310 have been granted interviews. According to John McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, the quality of the interviewees is outstanding, with an average MCAT of 31 and an average GPA of 3.6. 


Interview Days are held bi-weekly at CMSRU. So far, 51 candidates have been accepted for one of the 60 spots in the Class of 2017. Of these, 65 percent are from New Jersey and 31 percent are underrepresented in medicine.

"The story of Cooper Medical School, especially our hands-on, mission-driven curriculum, is definitely spreading," said Dr. McGeehan. "Last year, we worked hard to find the right students who matched our mission. This year, they are finding us."

Fall Events Engage Students & Faculty on Important Topics

Hundreds of Rowan and Cooper faculty joined CMSRU students for two special and important events held in November.


On November 14, Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, was a speaker for the Rowan University Presidential Lecture series. Hundreds attended the event on Rowan's Glassboro campus to hear Skloot talk about the 10 years she spent researching the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were the origin of the HeLa cell line. About 75 people from Cooper University Hospital and Coriell Institute watched the live streaming of the presentation in the CMSRU auditorium. The event was co-sponsored by CMSRU, Coriell and Rowan University.  


Click HERE to read more about Ms. Skloot's visit.  Or, to read a blog about the event by Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Multicultural and Community Affairs, click HERE.  


The following week was the kick-off to CMSRU's Medical Education Grand Rounds. The school's first Grand Rounds event featured George C. Hill, PhD, Levi Watkins Jr. Professor and Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Hill, a native of Camden and a member of the CMSRU Board of Trustees, discussed health disparities in the City of Camden and explored ways that CMSRU and Cooper can help address the problem. The event was covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Click HERE to read the story.

The early 2013 dates for CMSRU Grand Rounds are January 8, March 12 and May 14. 
CMSRU Students Sprout Moustaches for Charity

Moustaches and beards were the trend in November at CMSRU as many of our male students grew facial hair to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. During the month-long event, dubbed "Movember," CMSRU female students participated as well by bidding for the opportunity to customize facial hair for the men participating in the activity.


"This was a great opportunity for our students to participate in a very fun activity while bringing attention to important health issues," noted John McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions.


The event concluded with a special "Movember Party" on November 30.   

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
401 S. Broadway
Camden, New Jersey 08103