Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
 November 2013
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty News
How to Submit Story Ideas
Legacy Wall Unveiled
Faculty Development Week
Community Garden Harvest
Focus on Faculty
CMSRU Breaking News!

AAMC Meeting Recap

CMSRU faculty, staff and students were well- represented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), held in Philadelphia during the first week of November. CMSRU personnel were involved in a range of activities, including leading sessions, participating on panels, and presenting posters based on  original research. "Seeing so many faces from our school and hearing positive feedback about us from colleagues at other medical schools was very inspiring," noted Dean Katz. Throughout the meeting, CMSRU attendees submitted updates to "Dean Katz's Blog" about the sessions they attended. Click HERE to read some of these thoughtful submissions.   

Faculty News
Michael Golberg, MD, Associate Dean for Education and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, was part of a team of researchers who have identified a biomarker that may predict the effect of ketamine in treatment of patients with bipolar depression. This important research was presented last month at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2013 Annual Meeting. Click HERE
to read coverage of this groundbreaking research.

Robert T. Brown, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, was selected as the 2014 Adele Hofmann Visiting Professor in Adolescent Medicine and Health by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). Dr. Brown will visit Santa Casa de Sao Paulo/Faculty of Medical Services in Brazil, where he will consult on adolescent and young adult patients and provide education, support and program ideas for local physicians and residents on the unique health needs of this population. In addition, Dr. Brown recently presented at national and international professional meetings, including: The 10th World Congress on Adolescent Health in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was a member of the Scientific Organizing Committee and presented "Young Men's Responsibility in Reproductive Health"; and at the National Conference & Exhibition of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he presented talks on "Consent & Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care" and "The Tired Adolescent."

Warren Heymann, MD, Professor of Medicine, was named 2013 Dermatologist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. The annual honor pays special tribute to a member dermatologist who is a leader and role model in the specialty. The award was announced at the organization's annual meeting this fall.  

Erin White Pukenas, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, was part of a team of experts to develop and launch a Pediatric Critical Events Checklist for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. This two year project was completed by the organization's Quality and Safety Committee, of which Dr. Pukenas is a member. Click HERE to read more about this important pediatric surgery safety tool. 
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CMSRU Unveils Legacy Wall


Last month, dozens of CMSRU faculty -- members of the school's 2012 Legacy Society -- attended a special reception to mark the unveiling of the 2012 Legacy Society Wall. This permanent monument, located outside the Dean's office, acknowledges the generosity of those who participated in this charter philanthropic initiative. More than 200 people provided $5.5 million in donations to our new school. Click HERE to read the full story about the event.


If you missed participating in the 2012 Legacy Society, stay tuned for an announcement regarding CMSRU's next initiative, which will raise funds directly for student scholarships.  


"As physicians, we all understand the significant cost of medical school and the importance of providing scholarships to our most qualified applicants," says Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU. "Increasing the availability of scholarships at CMSRU will help us all be more successful."

Faculty Development Week


All faculty, fellows, and residents are invited to hone their education-related skills during CMSRU's 2013 Faculty Development Week -- Monday, November 18th through Thursday, November 21st.


"We've planned a variety of activities to help support CMSRU faculty and residents in their roles as educators," notes Annette Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU. "We have programs to meet nearly everyone's needs, including sessions about scholarly activities and research, and workshops on enhancing teaching skills. I encourage our faculty and residents to participate."


One highlight of the week is a special Medical Education Grand Rounds event on Tuesday, November 19 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in CMSRU's auditorium. This program, entitled "Professionalism and the Millennial Generation," will feature Gregory J. Toussaint, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Click HERE for a complete schedule of Faculty Development Week activities.  

Impacting the Community: Camden Community Garden

On an unusually warm Saturday morning in mid-October, nearly a dozen first and second year medical students from CMSRU gathered at the Camden Community Garden to participate in the annual Autumn Harvest. Here, alongside a handful of other volunteers and community members of all ages, the students harvested a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, radishes, zucchini, various lettuces, herbs and more, filling a street-side urban farm stand with fresh vegetables - available for free to members of the community.


"Access to fresh produce is a significant issue in Camden," says Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs. "Volunteering at the Garden was a great way to positively impact the neighborhood. We're thrilled that so many of our students chose to get involved with this important initiative."


 The nearly quarter-acre garden is a project of the Cooper Lanning Civic Association, in partnership with the Camden Children's Garden, and overseen by Ms. Sheila Roberts, a well-known community leader who lives in the neighborhood. Interested residents and community groups were provided plots where they created their personal vegetable gardens; other plots were planted, maintained and the produce harvested for all to enjoy.


In addition to harvesting the summer produce, students helped prepare the garden for winter crops, like onions, garlic, spinach and peas.  


Click HERE to see more photos from the 2013 Autumn Harvest.

Focus on Faculty: Osvaldo Jorge Lopez, PhD  


Osvaldo Jorge Lopez, PhD, joined CMSRU in February 2013 as Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences. An accomplished microbiologist, Dr. Lopez also brings significant experience with the small-group, team-based active learning model practiced at CMSRU. 


Prior to joining CMSRU, Dr. Lopez was Associate Professor of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he taught immunology, virology and pathophysiology courses. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Medical Education Award from Boonshoft School of Medicine.  


Earlier in his teaching career, Dr. Lopez worked with veterinary, pre-med and nursing students at the University of Buenos Aires School of Veterinary Medicine and Northern Michigan University. He has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, scientific publications, posters and presentations and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Virology and other scientific journals. Dr. Lopez earned his degree at the School of Exact and Natural Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.


At CMSRU, Dr. Lopez leads an Active Learning Group for first year students, and teaches Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. His research activities include looking at the immune response against Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza vaccines in immuncompromised patients.

Palliative Care Symposium:  Wednesday, Nov. 13  


All faculty, residents and medical students are invited to Innovative Approaches to Advanced Illness Care: A Palliative Care Symposium For Physicians and Health Care Professionals, a special program being held this Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in CMSRU's Auditorium. The event, sponsored by CMSRU, Cooper University Health Care, and the New Jersey Department of Health, will feature a keynote address by David Casarett, MD, MA, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. A panel discussion will follow Dr. Casarett's presentation.  Panelists include: Mary O'Dowd, NJ Commissioner of Health; Mark Angelo, MD, Head, Division of Palliative Care Medicine, Cooper University Health Care; Stephen Goldfine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice; Barbara Sproge, MSN, RN, OCN, CHPN, Division of Palliative Care, Cooper University Health Care; and Kava Schafer, M.Div, MA; Chaplain/Spiritual Provider, University of Pennsylvania Health System. Please RSVP to: events-rsvp@cooperhealth.edu OR 856.382.6441 

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