News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
 March 2013
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Breaking News!
How to Submit Story Ideas
Dr. Arthur Caplan Visit
Dr. David Hirsh Visit
Interprofessional Education at CMSRU Gets National Attention
Faculty Persepctive on Flipped Curriculum
In Need of Summer Research Assistance?
CMSRU Breaking News! 

March 2013Stephen W. Trzeciak, MD, MPH,  Associate Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, is the recipient of a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a Research Project Grant (R01) to study neurological and cognitive effects of hyperoxia after cardiac arrest. Dr. Trzeciak is the lead researcher on the project which will include multiple centers throughout the United States. Click HERE to read more about this important grant. 

Saifudden T. Mama, MD,  Assistant Professor of OB/GYN, participated in a roundtable discussion at the January 2013

Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Faculty Development Seminar entitled "Lessons from Abroad: Shared Learning in Three African Countries."


The talk focused on common themes that apply in working with medical students and residents in Ghana, Rwanda and Eritrea.

March 2013 Congratulations to faculty members from the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine on publishing the lead article in the March 2013 issue of SHOCK entitled "Nitric Oxide Donor Agents for the Tre

atment of Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Human Subjects: A Systemic Review." The authors are Drs. Brian W. Roberts, Jessica Mitchell, J. Hope Kilgannon, Michael E. Chansky and Stephen Trzeciak.

Brian Roberts
Dr. Brian Roberts


Click HERE to read the review article, or HERE to read the editorial summary.  


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Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU, will serve as a panelist at the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Annual Expo Breakfast. The theme of this year's event, "South Jersey as a Research Destination," is meant to emphasize the considerable impact that Rowan will have on our regional economy as well as its stewardship of both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.


March 2013 AAMC recently released an economic impact analysis report by the consulting firm Tripp Umbach that said that U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals had a combined economic impact of $587 billion and supported nearly 3.5 million jobs directly or indirectly in 2011. The total economic impact attributable to AAMC member institutions represents a 15 percent increase over 2008. "This study demonstrates how important medical schools and teaching hospitals are to the nation's health," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD. Click HERE to read the full report.  


March 2013

Rowan University's Board of Trustees
held its annual meeting in February, where several important initiatives were discussed, including the University's presence in Camden, the development of the College of Health Sciences in conjunction with Rutgers-Camden, and the proposed transportation line linking the Camden and Glassboro campuses. Click HERE  to read more.



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Making the Rounds

CMSRU To Host Dr. Art Caplan on Tuesday, March 5  


CMSRU is proud to host the First Annual Berkowitz Lecture, a special Grand Rounds event featuring renowned bioethicist Arthur Caplan, PhD. The lecture, entitled "Medicine Just for You? The Promise and Perils of Personalized Medicine," is sponsored by The Cooper Foundation and will be held Tuesday, March 5, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CMSRU's auditorium. Cooper faculty, residents, fellows and medical students are invited to attend.   


"This is an excellent opportunity for our students and faculty to hear one of the nation's leading experts on medical ethics," said Annette Reboli, MD, CMSRU's Vice Dean."Dr. Caplan is widely known for his thoughtful, engaging and provocative discussions, and I'm sure this program, which will delve into the ethics of personalized medicine, will be an event to remember."


Dr. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Chair and Director, Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center.Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Caplan was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. He also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University.


The First Annual Berkowitz Lecture is being funded by a grant to The Cooper Foundation from The Berkowitz Family Foundation. Its patriarch, Mr. Edwin Berkowitz, is a successful industrialist and philanthropic leader with a strong interest in medical ethics.  His foundation provided a significant gift to Cooper for an annual educational program on medical ethics featuring a world-renowned expert in the field.  Cooper urologist Joel Marmar, MD, Professor of Surgery at CMSRU, who has had a professional relationship and long term friendship with Mr. Berkowitz, was instrumental in securing the grant to The Cooper Foundation.


To register to attend for the First Annual Berkowitz Lecture, email CMSRUevents@rowan.edu or call 856-342-6441.

Grand Rounds Featuring Dr. David Hirsh Scheduled for March 12   

On Tuesday, March 12 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., CMSRU is hosting an important event to help prepare faculty for the Cooper Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (CLIC) experience for third year medical students. This faculty development event will feature David Hirsh, MD, Director and Co-founder of the Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship (CIC). The Harvard CIC is a highly innovative model of medical education based at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated health system.   Dr. Hirsh will conduct medical education grand rounds and present data on the student experience.


The CLIC is expected to be a transformational educational experience for CMSRU's third year students. Through continuous immersion with a cohort of patients in the core disciplines of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Women's Health, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery, students will gain valuable insights into being a member of the patient care team and treating patients in a variety of medical disciplines across the lifecycle. Click HERE to read more about the Cooper Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.

CMSRU's IPE Program to be Highlighted at Upcoming Meeting

Anna Headly, MD, MFA, Assistant Professor of Medicine at CMSRU, and Gladys G. Dueñas, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, will present at this spring's Educational Retreat of the Northeastern Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA), one of four regional groups of the AAMC's Group on Educational Affairs (GEA). The conference will take place at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.  


The presentation by Drs. Headly and Dueñas, "The Interprofessional Ambulatory Care Clerkship: A Medical and Pharmacy Student Collaborative Practice Initiative," will describe CMSRU's collaboration with the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in creating a longitudinal interprofessional education (IPE) experience for medical and pharmacy students. The IPE experience is more widely known as the Ambulatory Clerkship, based in the new Camden Community Collaborative Practice, the free student-run medical clinic located at 3 Cooper Plaza.


Flipped Curriculum a Success at CMSRU 

March 2013 Last month, Anat Feingold, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, became CMSRU's first faculty member to "flip" a lecture. Her assessment? It was a great experience for her and for the students.


"The flipped curriculum forces more engagement between you and the students," explained Dr. Feingold, whose lecture was on fever and rash, part of the Infectious Disease course. "I believe strongly that it encourages better attention and interaction with the instructor and among the students. They will benefit from a depth of knowledge that will develop best in this type of format. "


In CMSRU's flipped curriculum format, course instructors will direct students to obtain specific content on their own time in advance of the class. The information, selected and organized by the instructor, can be delivered via a variety of methods, including a video presentation of a formal lecture, PowerPoint, reading materials, etc. The actual class will be an interactive session, facilitated by the instructor, which leverages what they learned in advance and builds upon it. This interactive work could take the form of case-based practice problems, skill development, or other group and individual projects.


"The flipped curriculum format is an extension of CMSRU's emphasis on active engagement of students," explained Michael Goldberg, MD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. "We encourage self-directed, active learning. We believe in teaching students to work in a team environment. I'm confident that this new format will be very successful as it has been at other medical schools."

CMSRU Seeks Summer Research Projects for Undergrad Students
A 2012 PULSE student presents research at the PULSE Summer Symposium. 
If you are involved in research and can benefit from the work
of an undergraduate research assistant this summer, CMSRU's PULSE Program would like to hear from you. For the third year in a row, PULSE -- a program of CMSRU's Office of Diversity and Community Affairs -- will host 25 college students for six weeks of academic enrichment. Accepted PULSE students will have above average GPAs, solid reference letters, and an interest in medical or science careers. Students will be available to work with faculty researchers five afternoons a week for six weeks, approximately 10 to 15 hours per week. The session runs from June 10 to July 19. For questions or more information, email Octavia Nash, Program Director, at nash@rowan.edu or call 856-361-2818
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