Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
 May/June 2013
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty News
How to Submit Story Ideas
Message from The Dean
Faculty Assembly July 11
Legacy Society Closing June 30
CMSRU Takes Over Library Services
Time Capsule Interred
Dr. Roberts Publishes Study in Circulation
Focus on Faculty: Dr. DiSanto
CMSRU Breaking News! 

CMSRU Student Earns Prestigious Award  

Imoh Ikpot, a member of the Class of 2016, was awarded the 2013 Medical Student Rotation Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The award is a grant that will allow Mr. Ikpot to pursue a clinical oncology research opportunity this summer. He will work with Cooper radiation oncologist Gregory Kubicek, MD. The Medical Student Rotation Award is funded by the 2013 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO for Underrepresented Populations, and is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Medical Student Reflects on First-Year Lessons

Since last August, the Courier-Post has been following one medical student, Daniel Lefler, on his academic journey. Click HERE to read the final installment of this feature. 

Faculty News
A Letter to the Editor by James B. Alexander, MD,
Associate Professor of Surgery, Vijay Rajput, MD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Phase II, and Dean Paul Katz, MD, was published in the June 2013 edition of Academic Medicine. In the letter, Drs. Alexander, Rajput and Katz discuss CMSRU's mission to create a culture of respect, and note specific strategies the school is employing to achieve that mission. Click HERE to read a copy of the letter.

The Cochrane Collaboration recently published a systemic review on the use of pulmonary artery catheters (PAC) in adult ICU patients by a team that included several experts from Cooper. Authors include: S. Sujanthy Rajaram, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine; Cooper resident
Nayan K. Desai, MD;
former Cooper residents Ankur Kalra, MD, and Mithil Gajera, MD; and CMSRU medical librarian Susan K. Cavanaugh. The study concluded that PAC is useful as a diagnostic and haemodynamic monitoring tool, but not a therapeutic intervention. Click HERE  to read the Cochrane review. 

Andrés J. Pumariega, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, was lead author of "Practice Parameters for Cultural Competence in Child Psychiatric Practice," which was accepted by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(AACAP). Rama Rao Gogineni, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, was a co-author.
These are the first official Practice Parameters on culturally competent care by a medical specialty organization in the US.

AACAP Practice Parameters are clinical practice guidelines developed by the AACAP Committee on Quality Issues to encourage best practices in child mental health. Click HERE to read the guidelines.

John F. McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, was lead author on a paper published in the British medical education journal The Clinical Teacher. The paper, "A community continuity programme: volunteer faculty mentors and continuity learning," looked at how longitudinal generalist preceptorship experiences early in medical education affects students. Click HERE to read the full article. 

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has awarded Alicia Barnes, DO, PGY1 with a prestigious SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) fellowship for the academic year beginning July 2013. SAMHSA is a component of the APA's Minority Fellowships Program (MFP), which endeavors to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and substance abuse care by providing specialized training to psychiatry residents and medical students interested in serving minority communities.

Congratulations to Cooper University Hospital's Internal Medicine Residents on their third place victory in the American College of Physicians (ACP) competition Doctor's Dilemma. Also known as Medical Jeopardy, ACP Doctor's Dilemma is held each year at the scientific Internal Medicine meeting. Up to 32 teams of residents from around the world compete for the title of national champion. Representing Cooper were Nayan Desai, MD, PGY2; Kashif Qaseem, MD,
PGY3; and Phil Willsie, MD, PGY-3.
CMSRU Biomedical Scientist Michael DiSanto, PhD and Sang Rhee, MD, a fellow in the Urogynecology Division at Cooper, were awarded a $25,000 Research Grant from the Cooper Foundation.  With the one year grant, Drs. DiSanto and Rhee will research alterations in elastic fiber assembly and sphingosine-1-phosphate molecular pathways in vaginal smooth muscle of women with pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Rhee will perform the research in Dr. DiSanto's lab at CMSRU, under his direction. 
For the 7th year in a row, Cooper's anesthesiology residents achieved 100 percent board certification, becoming Diplomats of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Congratulations to them and to the clinical faculty from the Department of Anesthesiology on this significant accomplishment. 
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End of Year Message from the Dean

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It's hard to believe, but the first year -- the inaugural class year -- of CMSRU is drawing to a close.  Students have completed their finals and are off to a much-deserved (and needed) vacation, or for many of them, off to a summer project in Camden!  This year was the culmination of hard work by many people, and certainly in no small part to the significant contributions of the course directors and faculty of CMSRU.  Many of you have already been working diligently on courses for year two and beyond.


We have much of which to be proud.  Through your efforts we have not only completed this first year, but have recruited an outstanding class to begin in a few short months - the second class of CMSRU (more on them soon!).  So, please take a moment - just a moment - to celebrate.  Only a short moment, though, because as you know, August 12th will come sooner than we can believe, and we will have two classes of accomplished, inspiring, and mission-driven students who will likely teach us as much as we teach them.



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Don't Miss the Annual Faculty Assembly on July 11
A full house at last year's Faculty Assembly meeting
 All faculty members are encouraged to attend the CMSRU Annual Faculty Assembly Meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. According to Perry J. Weinstock, MD, President of the CMSRU Faculty Assembly, it will be an action packed session in which many important topics will be presented, reviewed and discussed. 


Faculty members are also invited to a pre-meeting reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on July 11 in the CMSRU Learning Commons for some light refreshments and important networking opportunities.   


CMSRU Winds Down Inaugural Philanthropic Initiative

The opportunity to join CMSRU's 2012 Legacy Society ends June 30, 2013 -- the conclusion of CMSRU's official first year.  If you are considering joining this inaugural philanthropic initiave, please don't delay! Special thanks to those who have already joined.   

2012 Legacy Society membership levels range from $1000 to over $1 million, and matching gifts count toward memberships.  While commitments are required by June 30, donations may be paid over a period of four years. By joining the 2012 Legacy Society, you will have the opportunity to be part of a permanent monument being installed outside the Dean's suite in the CMSRU building, as well as invitations to exclusive Legacy Society events.  


For more information or to join the 2012 Legacy Society, contact Kim Barkhamer, Director of Development, at barkhamer@rowan.edu or 856-361-2812.    


Library Transitions to CMSRU 

CMSRU Medical Librarians

On July 1, 2013, the library will transition from the UMDNJ Camden Campus library web site to the CMSRU library website (http://www.lib.rowan.edu/cmsru). One of the best things about this transition is that all library resources will be available WITHOUT logging in and from any computer on either the Rowan network or the Cooper network. All CMSRU faculty and staff should already have usernames and passwords that will enable them to use library resources from home or elsewhere. Plans are underway to register all non-CMSRU Cooper staff for off-campus access as well.

Using a sleek, user-centered interface, the new web site will highlight resources not previously available (Embase, Scopus, VisualDX and more). Faculty and staff recommendations formed the basis for a collection uniquely tailored to CMSRU and Cooper. Our collection of e-journals and e-books has expanded both in the areas of clinical medicine and, with the added access to Rowan University resources, in the areas of social sciences, computer sciences, engineering, etc. Library staff will be available to answer questions at 342-2525, 342-2522 or 361-2855. The Librarian@cooperhealth.edu email will also remain in place for information requests of all types.

CMSRU Buries Time Capsule  

Upon walking through the doors of CMSRU, many have wondered about the bronze floor tile engraved with the words "Interred 2013/Open 2063." On Tuesday, May 21, that tile was lifted so CMSRU Dean Paul Katz, along with students, deans and faculty, could fill the chamber beneath it with artifacts and memorabilia commemorating the historic launch of the school and its first year. The Time Capsule vault was then sealed and the tile replaced, not to be opened again for 50 years.


"We chose 50 years in the hope that members of our Charter Class will be able to return for the Time Capsule opening in 2063," explained CMSRU Dean Paul Katz. "I think its contents will be interesting and meaningful to them, as well to our future students, faculty and the public to discover."


The event also included a special exhibit of photos and artifacts celebrating the history of Camden, courtesy of the Camden County Historical Society and Cooper University Health Care Archives.


Click here to view media coverage of the event:




Cooper Resuscitation Research Featured in Circulation

Brian Roberts A new research study from Cooper, led by Brian W. Roberts, MD, and his colleagues, was published in the May 28 issue of Circulation, the premier biomedical journal for cardiovascular disease. The paper is entitled "Association Between Post-Resuscitation Partial Pressure of Arterial Carbon Dioxide and Neurological Outcome in Patients With Post-Cardiac Arrest Syndrome."


"Ultimately, we believe that rapid normalization of blood carbon dioxide levels through early optimization of mechanical ventilation may reduce brain injury," Dr. Roberts said.


Click HERE to read the abstract, or HERE for the complete press release.


CMSRU Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

CMSRU has received Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C., the second highest certification level possible.


  "This recognition of the environmental 'friendliness' of our Medical Education Building is a significant accomplishment for such a complex and high tech building," noted CMSRU Dean Paul Katz, MD. "Only a handful of medical schools nationwide have buildings that are LEED certified at this level, and we are pleased to be among them. We are also proud to have the largest LEED Gold certified building in all of southern New Jersey."


Factors such as water use reduction, use of regional, recycled and sustainable materials, natural lighting in building interiors, and access to public transportation were important to achieving LEED Gold certification.  



Focus on Faculty:  Michael E. DiSanto, PhD

Michael DiSanto Michael E. DiSanto, PhD, was one of CMSRU's very first biomedical science faculty members.  He was appointed Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Surgery and Director of Urology Research at CMSRU in 2010.He also serves as a co-director for CMRSU's Uro-Renal course and is heavily involved in instructing the Fundamentals course.  


Dr. DiSanto has authored over 60 scientific articles in leading basic science and urology journals. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and a standing member of the American Diabetes Association's Grant Review Panel and the NIH's Urologic and Genitourinary Physiology and Pathology Study Section.  He is also Chair of the Basic Science Committee of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America.


Much of Dr. DiSanto's current research has focused on the cell and molecular basis for smooth muscle function in the lower urogenital system.  He has devoted the majority of his time to understanding the regulation of penile erection and bladder function and dysfunction through NIH-funded R01s and program project grants. Most recently, he has developed a strong interest in sphingolipid signaling and its effect on urogenital smooth muscle including the vagina.


Dr. DiSanto received his PhD from Drexel University and held postdoctoral positions at Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, followed by the University of Pennsylvania.  At Penn he was a funded NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow and an American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD)/NIH Research Scholar.  He served on Penn's faculty until 2004, then served as Director of Urology Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY prior to joining CMSRU in 2010.


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