Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
September/October 2014
In This Issue
CMSRU Breaking News!
Published Research & Scholarly Activities
Assistant Professors of Emergency Medicine J. Hope Kilgannon, MD,
and Brian Roberts, MD, were lead authors on a study recently published by a team from Cooper in the prestigious Journal of Critical Care.  

Brian Roberts The study, "Arterial Blood Pressure and Neurologic Outcome After Resuscitation From Cardiac Arrest," measured blood pressure over time during the postresuscitation period in post-cardiac patients and tested its association with neurologic outcome. They concluded that time-weighted average mean arterial pressure was associated with good neurologic outcome at a threshold mean arterial pressure greater than 70 mm Hg. Stephen Trzeciak, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, mentored the clinical research team from Cooper. Vikram Dhawan, MD and John Oropello, MD, from the Institute for Critical Care Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, published a complementary editorial in the same journal regarding the research by Dr. Kilgannon et al. "In conclusion, although observational in nature, this study raises important questions about the role of BP in post-cardiac arrest neurologic outcomes," the doctors wrote.  

HERE to read the Journal of Critical Care article and HERE to read the accompanying editorial.
Stephen Trzeciak, MD,
Associate Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, was the lead investigator on a study by a team of CMSRU faculty that was published in Critical Care Medicine in July.  The study "Randomized Constrolled Trial of Inhaled Nitric Oxide for the Treatment of Microcirculatory Dysfunctiono in Patients with Sepsis"  was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Click HERE to read the article.  
Nagaswami Vasan, DVM, MVSc, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Susan M. Perlis, EdD, Associate Dean for Medical Education, presented posters at the Harvard Macy Programs 20th Anniversary Conference, which was held in Boston at the Harvard Medical School this summer. Dr. Vasan was a scholar in this prestigious program in 2006, and since then has been participating in the program as an invited faculty member.  His poster was entitled
"Growth and Outgrowth of Harvard Macy Project Teaching Medical Gross Anatomy Using of Team-Based Learning Strategy."  Dr. Perlis, who is a current scholar, presented her poster entitled
"Implementing Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships at Two New Medical Schools."
Saifuddin T. Mama, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was an invited panelist at two important conferences this summer.  In June, he addressed contraception, abortion, pregnancy and the issues of confidentiality and legal age of consent, both federal and state, as it pertains to adolescents, at the Delaware Valley Adolescent Reproductive Health Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  In July, he served as a panelist at the American Urogynecologic Society meeting where he discussed global health programs for professionals in female pelvic medicine and reproductive surgery careers. Dr. Mama offered perspective on understanding and identifying needs, appropriate preparation, curriculum development and sustainability of programs.

CMSRU M3 student Gita Byraiah was co-author on a study that was recently published in The Open AIDS Journal.  The study, "Cervical HPV Infection in Female Sex Workers:  A Global Perspective," concluded that because of the high prevalence of HPV infection and an increased risk of cervical cancer among female sex workers, prevention campaigns should be specifically targeted to this group.



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Special Ebola Grand Rounds Scheduled for Nov. 12


Join Cooper University Hospital epidemiologist Henry Fraimow, MD, and emergency/disaster medicine expert Rick Hong, MD, for an informational session on Ebola on Wednesday, November 12 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the CMSRU Auditorium. The session will include a review of the current outbreak and what Cooper --and the region-- are doing to prepare for the emergence of this virus in North America. Senior vice president and chief medical officer Anthony Mazzarelli, MD, and senior vice president of hospital operations and chief nursing officer Stephanie Conners, MBA, RN, BSN, NEA-BC will join Drs. Fraimow and Hong for an interactive panel discussion following the presentation.  If you cannot make the session, video of the event will be posted at www.rowan.edu/coopermed/ebola (link will not be active until the day of the event). Click HERE to download the event flier.

CMSRU Faculty Participate in Groundbreaking Epilepsy Study


Russell J. Buono, PhD, and Thomas N. Ferraro, PhD, Professors of Biomedical Sciences at CMSRU, were part of a team of more than 100 epilepsy researchers from around the globe who collaborated on an important epilepsy research study that was published in the September edition of the prestigious periodical The Lancet Neurology.


The study analyzed the largest genome wide association data set to date on DNA samples from epilepsy patients in order to identify the genetic influences on common forms of human epilepsy. Through their analysis, they successfully identified new genetic variants associated with common forms of the disease. This multi-national collaboration of researchers organized and published as the Consortium on Complex Epilepsies under the umbrella of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).  


Click HERE to read the news release or HERE to read the abstract and link to the Lancet article.  


December Grand Rounds to Address GME Financing Reform


Malcolm Cox, MD, Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. and adjunct professor of medicine at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, will visit CMSRU on Tuesday, December 2 to discuss GME Financing Reform. The Grand Rounds will be 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the CMSRU auditorium. 

New Students Recognized at White Coat Ceremony


Last month, CMSRU's 72 new M1 students were officially welcomed into the medical profession during the school's third annual White Coat Ceremony.  More than 400 people attended the event, including family and friends of the students and members of the CMSRU faculty.  This year's keynote speaker was Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Click HERE to read the full story about this year's White Coat Ceremony.

Clinical Faculty Input Sought for New Educational Program

s part of the Robert Wood Johnson grant awarded to Rowan University this academic year, we are putting together a new faculty educational program that will ultimately be available for all clinical faculty (and others) to enhance teaching skills in medical education.  By now, you have likely received your brief survey from Qualitrics.  If you haven't yet completed the 10 minute survey, you can link directly to it by clicking HERE.  Please complete the survey so that CMSRU can identify educational needs and plan appropriately. If you have questions, please contact Valerie Weil, MD, Associate Dean for Finance, Administration, and Operations at weil@rowan.edu or 856-361-2804.

Biomedical Sciences Seminar Scheduled for November 24


Scott Waldman, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Thomas Jefferson University, will be the guest presenter at the Biomedical Sciences Seminar scheduled for November 24, noon to 1 p.m. in CMSRU's Multi-purpose Room.  Bring your lunch and participate in this important program entitled "Bench-to-Bedside Translation in Colorectal Cancer:  From Knowledge Generation to Healthcare Delivery."  All faculty, fellows, residents and students are invited to attend.

Student Interest Group Seeking Faculty Advisor

Are you looking for an opportunity to have more direct engagement with our students?  If so, please consider volunteering to be a faculty advisor for a student interest group.  Currently, CMSRU's LGBT Group is seeking a faculty member to provide guidance and mentorship for students. This is a social group at CMSRU for LGBT students and allies, as well as an interest group focused on LGBT health concerns. The faculty advisor position is not time-intensive.

"Our faculty who serve as advisors for student interest groups find the experience extremely rewarding," says Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Outreach. "It's an opportunity to really get to know our students and have a strong impact on them both personally and professionally." 

For more information or to volunteer for the faculty advisor position with the LGBT group, please contact Dr. Mitchell-Williams at williamsjo@rowan.edu or 856-321-2808.


CMSRU in the Media

CMSRU's first medical students from the city of Camden were featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The story focused on the support and encouragement first-year students Samantha and Susana Collazo continue to receive from family, friends and the community as they pursue their goals of becoming medical doctors. CMSRU's PULSE Program, and its importance in increasing diversity in the medical profession, was also highlighted -- as was the school's focus on community service. Click HERE to read the full article.


CMSRU's Camden Community Collaborative Practice (CCCP), also known as the student-run clinic in 3 Cooper Plaza, was featured in a recent article in the Courier-Post.  The story highlighted the important service that this clinic provides for uninsured Camden residents. Click HERE to read the full article.

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