Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
 September/October 2013
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty News
How to Submit Story Ideas
Message from The Dean
New Associate Dean
Legacy Society Closing June 30
CMSRU Takes Over Library Services
MOCA Course at CMSRU
Vietnam Mission
CMSRU Breaking News! 

AAMC Holding Annual Meeting in Philly Next Month

This year, the American Association of Medical Colleges' (AAMC) 2013 annual meeting is being held Friday, November 1st through Wednesday, November 6th right across the bridge in Philadelphia. This year's theme,"The Change Imperative," will allow you to engage with current and future leaders on the issues that are vital to Cooper and the future of academic medicine, and take part in critical conversations about the changing landscape of medical education, research, and patient care. It's not too late to register for this premier learning and networking event! Click HERE for more information.

Students Recognized for Service

During the "Introduction to Community Service"

session of the Class of 2017 Orientation Week, Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD,
Associate Dean for Diversity & Community Affairs, gave special recognition to CMSRU's Charter Class for their service to the Camden community last year. 

Projects ranged from feeding the hungry, providing support to the homeless and recovering addicts, tutoring students of all ages, and coaching youth sports.

Special congratulations to CMSRU M2 students Juan Carlos (JC) Lopez and Michelle Breda for earning Outstanding Service Awards for their exemplary service leadership.

Upcoming Faculty Development & Grand Rounds

November Grand Rounds

"It's Not What You Think"

(Evaulation and Milestones) 

November 12, 2013  

7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

CMSRU Auditorium

Presenter:  Jeffrey Wiese, MD

Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for GME

Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, La.  

No RSVP required 


Faculty Development Week

November 18-20  

Click HERE for a complete list of events and activities.


Faculty Development Week Special Grand Rounds "Simulation"

November 19, 2013

7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

CMSRU Auditorium

Presenter: Joseph Lopreiato, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Simulation Education, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md

No RSVP required

Faculty News
Antoinette Spevetz, MD, received the

2013 Distinguished Alumni award from The Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences at Gannon University. Board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Spevetz is Professor of Medicine at CMSRU and an Advisory College Director. She graduated cum laude from Gannon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in health science as part of the Gannon Hahnemann program, and one month later received her MD degree from Hahnemann Medical School. Congratulations Dr. Spevitz!


Paul Katz, MD,

was named "Who's Who in Healthcare" by South Jersey Biz. The publication published its first-ever list of the most influential names in local medicine. Also on the list were; John Sheridan, President and CEO of The Cooper Health System; Dr. Adrienne Kirby, CEO of Cooper University Health Care; and Dr. Michael Christman, President and CEO of CMSRU affiliate Coriell Institute for Medical Research.

John F. McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, was featured in the July 2013 edition of AAMC Reporter where he provided expert comment about CMSRU's holistic review process and its importance in attracting mission-matched students. The article was in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Click HERE to read the full article.

Marc J. Laufgraben, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at CMSRU and Head of the Division of Endocrinology at Cooper, co-authored the recently released Tarascon Adult Endocrinology Pocketbook. This convenient reference guide provides a comprehensive review of major endocrine topics along with succinct presentation of physiology, pathophysiology, and diagnostic and management strategies in endocrinology. Dr. Laufgraben acknowledges his colleagues from Department of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology for their important contributions to this book.

Save the Date!


Eat, Drink & Be Generous

Dessert and Cocktail Party to benefit CMSRU scholarships will be held Saturday, November 16th. Formal invitations will be mailed in October.    


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Message from the Dean

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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Academic Year at CMSRU!


This year is again filled with very important activities, including our Provisional Accreditation visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in March; our ongoing preparation for the launch of the Cooper Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (CLIC) that will begin next July; the start of our new philanthropic campaign in November; our increased role in Cooper's graduate medical education (GME) programs; new educational offerings; and the ongoing planning for the creation of the College of Health Sciences in Camden, to name a few.


With our accelerated growth, the CMSRU leadership team has implemented the following changes to ensure that we continue build upon our early success:

  • Dr. Annette Reboli, Vice Dean, has assumed responsibility for the continuum of medical education, where she will have oversight of both undergraduate education as well as CMSRU's increasing participation in GME. She will continue overseeing Faculty Development, Faculty Affairs, and LCME accreditation.
  • Dr. Michael Goldberg was named Associate Dean for Education with responsibility for Simulation, the Library and academic affiliations while partnering with Dr. Harry Mazurek, Associate Dean for Research, on the development of research programs that are aligned with CMSRU's strategic plan and the strategic plans of our clinical affiliates. Dr. Goldberg will also play an increasingly important role in helping to coordinate his areas across the range of our educational programs, including GME.
  • Susan Perlis, EdD, was appointed Associate Dean for Curriculum and Innovation. Formerly a member of the leadership team at The Commonwealth Medical College, Dr. Perlis will have direct responsibility for the management and continued implementation of all phases of our medical student curriculum and will work collaboratively with Dr. Goldberg in his expanded role. (see article on Dr. Perlis below)
  • Dr. James Alexander, Professor of Surgery, will be joining the Academic Affairs team as Director of the Cooper Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (CLIC). The CLIC takes place throughout the third year of the medical school curriculum and integrates all of the core specialties across multiple settings (inpatient and outpatient).

We are all extremely proud of what we have accomplished at CMSRU already, but I believe there is much more to come. I appreciate your commitment to and support of CMSRU. Together, we can realize our collective vision for our medical school.



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CMSRU Welcomes New Associate Dean

CMSRU recently appointed Susan Perlis, EdD, as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Innovation.


Dr. Perlis joins CMSRU from The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), where she served as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Perlis first joined TCMC as Assistant Dean for Evaluation and Assessment, where she was instrumental in establishing high-quality assessment practices for the new medical school. As Associate Dean for Curriculum, Dr. Perlis helped TCMC become one of the first United States medical schools to adopt the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship model as the standard clinical experience for the entire medical school class in the third year.


"Dr. Perlis brings with her a strong experience in new medical school development," explains Dean Katz. "She has also successfully established and managed a longitudinal integrated clerkship, and we look forward to her leadership in this area in the coming months."


Dr. Perlis holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Temple University, where she specialized in higher education administration. She holds a Master of Science degree in Education in the field of Curriculum & Instruction Supervision, is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Healthcare Professions, and has been trained in LEAN/Six Sigma. In addition, Dr. Perlis was accepted as a Fellow in the Class of the Hendwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program and holds a Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) from the AAMC.  

CMSRU Faculty Member Wins "Genius Grant"

Jeffrey Brenner, MD,
a member of the clinical faculty at CMSRU and medical director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Health Care, has been named a MacArthur Fellow by the James D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.The five-year fellowship, popularly known as the "genius grant," comes with a $625,000 unrestricted stipend.


Brenner was selected for his work in creating the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which has helped implement a comprehensive health care delivery model that addresses the medical and social service needs of high-risk patients in poor communities in Camden and throughout the U.S.


"This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Brenner and I'm so pleased to see him recognized for the pioneering work he has done, and continues to do - work that is having a real impact not only on the cost of medical care, but on the actual health of Camden residents and residents of other needy communities around the country," said Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU. "He is an excellent role model for our medical students, and we are proud to have him as a member of our faculty."


Click the links below to read media coverage of this exciting news:




New Medical Students Officially Welcomed at White Coat Ceremony


The 64 medical students who make up CMSRU's Class of 2017 donned their crisp, personalized white coats for the very first time at a special "White Coat Ceremony" on September 21st.


The event, held in the presence of more than 350 family members, friends and faculty, also included a recitation of the Hippocratic Oath. The standing-room-only crowd of parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and friends traveled from all over the United States to witness this special milestone. George E. Thibault, MD, President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, was the keynote speaker at the event.


Click HERE to read the full story about CMSRU's White Coat Ceremony. 

SIM Center Expands to Offer National Certification Course 


The Simulation Center at CMSRU is one of only 36 sites nationwide accredited to offer the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) course. MOCA offers immersive simulation education for American Board of Anesthesiology diplomates seeking to fulfill their Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI) requirement for MOCA. The second program of this fall will be held at CMSRU in November.


According to Amanda R. Burden, MD, Director of Simulation at CMSRU, the program, which brings anesthesiologists from throughout the country to Camden, has been a tremendous success. "Participants are impressed with the design and functionality of our SIM Center, as well as the professionalism of our team," she noted. "Programs like this are helping CMSRU gain recognition among our colleagues across the country."


Teaching Medicine around the Globe

Two CMSRU faculty members recently participated in a volunteer medical mission to Danang, Vietnam, where they provided medical care to patients in need, and offered continuing education to hundreds of local physicians on developments in their respective specialties.


Saifuddin T. Mama, MD, Associate Professor and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, presented "Embryology, Diagnosis & Treatment of Congenital Anomalies in Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology & Urology." His colleague Tuan A. Dinh, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented "Cervical Length Screening: The New Evaluation in Reducing Preterm Birth."


Additionally, Drs. Mama and Dinh were part of a team of physicians that completed 29 surgeries, all for complex pediatric obstetric and gynecologic problems.


"The commitment to service that Drs. Mama and Dinh displayed this summer is truly inspirational," said Annette Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU. "They are wonderful role models for our students."

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