Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
April/May 2015
In This Issue
Faculty  Scholarly Actvities
Brian Roberts
Brian W. Roberts, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and an Emergency Medicine physician, was awarded a grant by the NIH- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for more than $630,000. Dr. Roberts will use the grant money for his study on post-resuscitation partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide and neurological outcome after cardiac arrest. 

David Fish MD,

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and Saifuddin T. Mama MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, visited Rwanda for two weeks in February, where they treated 150 and performed fistula surgery on 60+ women. The two were volunteers for the non-profit International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD).

Saifuddin T. Mama MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was appointed to the

Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Presidential Task Force on Global Health Strategy

In April, Dr. Mama co-presented a workshop at North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology on "Common Pediatric Urological Problems in Children."


Hope Kilgannon, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, was the keynote speaker at Penn Medicine's twice annual Hypothermia and Resuscitation Training (HART) course, a CME course held at the Loews Hotel in center city. Over 90 clinicians from around the country attended this sold-out continuing medical education event.  

John McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, was named to the Advisory Committee of the Advancing Holistic Review Initiative of the American Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).                                                

The Cooper Learning Center, led by Director Richard Selznick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, received a $10,000 grant from the Stan McKee Reading Foundation to develop individual learning therapy for children who have been identified in K, 1 and 2 who are at risk for showing signs of dyslexia in the Brooklawn School District in Camden County, NJ.


Sangita Phadtare, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, recently gave a presentation at the AAMC's NEGEA Annual Retreat at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The
presentation was based on the "Innovation" abstract she submitted along with
Hector Lopez, MD,and Evan Goldman, PhD, both Assistant Professors 


of Biomedical 

Sciences titled
"An interactive session to discuss advanced human anatomy using various clinical 

scenarios."  Dr. Phadtare was also a co-author in a poster presented in this meeting titled, "Effect of student engagement and self-reflection on enhancing personal meaningfulness of learning biochemistry."


Dr. Phadtare recently presented at the American Society for Nutrition's (ASN)

Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology (EB) in Boston. She spoke about the nutrition curriculum at CMSRU and the approaches she and Joshua DeSipio, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, are taking as course directors to teach nutrition in the Gastroenterology course given to M2 students.


Dr. Phadtare also presented a poster titled, "Cold shock proteins as RNA chaperones" in the Rowan-SOM Annual Research Day.  


CMSRU librarians Nancy Calabretta (retired), Sharon Whitfield, and Barbara Miller had a poster accepted for the AAMC's Northeast
roup for Educational Affairs. The poster focuses on discipline specific LibGuides as a means for promoting and encouraging efficient use of information resources in the medical library. 


The librarians worked with 
Brian Gable, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Debra Meislich, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the research project.

The dermatology residency program at CMSRU (formerly UMDNJ-RWJ) was cited in Cutis for having 3rd highest percentage in the United States of full-time faculty members graduating from the program. Congrats to Dr. Warren Heymann and his colleagues!

Student Accomplishments

M3 student Christian Barrios collaborated with a team of CMSRU faculty and Cooper physicians to publish an article in the Austin Journal of Radiation Oncology and Cancer this month addressing the safety and efficacy of radiosurgery for patients with metastatic cancer. The team included: Tamara LaCouture, MD, Chair of Radiation Oncology; Ashish Patel, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Benjamin E. Goldsmith, MD; Sucha O. Asbell,MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Q. Xu, MD, David P. Warshal, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Gregory J. Kubicek, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology. The article, entitled "Radiosurgery for Patients with Oligometastasis to Retroperitoneal Lymph Nodes," found the use of aggressive stereotactic body radiotherapy for these patients was well tolerated and resulted in 80 percent local control of tumors. 


Erin McIntosh, M3, won first place in the 2015 Best Paper competition in the Single Author Medical Student category awarded by the NJ Psychiatric Association for her case report on "Pediatric Narcolepsy."


Michael Coletta, M3, co-authored a manuscript with Brian Roberts, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, that was recently accepted to be published in Resuscitation. "Micheal played an integral part in this project and it would not have been successful without him," said Dr. Roberts. The paper is entitled "Effects of PaCO2 derangements on clinical outcomes after cerebral injury: A systematic review." 


JC Lopez, M3, and Cooper PGY-2 resident David Clements IV, MD, won first place in the 2015 Best Paper competition in the Joint Submission by Residents and Medical Students category awarded by the NJ Psychiatric Association for their collaboration on a paper titled "Physical Pain and Prescription Drugs: Prescription Drugs As a Cause of Addition in the Twenty First Century."


Christopher Smith, M2, was part of a team of student researchers who won the Rowan University College of Science and Mathematics 18th Annual STEM Symposium award for their poster submission Kinetics of Subclasses of Antibodies Against Pneumococcal Serotypes 6A, 8, and 12F Induced by Prevnar®13 orPneumovax®23. Osvaldo Lopez, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, mentored this winning team, which also included five Rowan undergraduate students - all of whom are alumni of CMSRU's PULSE program and one who has accepted admission to CMSRU's Class of 2019. The results presented in the awarded poster are part of a project that includes CMSRU M2 students Mary Noory and Christopher Perez. This research will be presented this summer at the 115th meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. 


Kenyetta Givans, M2, presented her poster titled "PICC Line Can Pick the Heart!" at the 2015 Internal Medicine Meeting of the American College of Physicians in Boston as a part of the 21st Annual Medical Student Member Abstract Competition. 


Mitra Daneshvar, M2, presented two posters at ACC.15, the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session & Expo in San Diego. Her posters were titled "Understanding Sex Differences in Patient Characteristics and Symptom Presentations in Patients Admitted with Heart Failure Complicated  by Atrial Fibrillation: A Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Study," and "Sex Differences in Treatment of Patients with Heart Failure Complicated by Atrial Fibrillation: A Get with the Program Heart Failure Study."


Amanda Malik and Ronald Ikechi, both M1's, were awarded scholarships to go to the 15th Annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia, where they attended lectures on innovative ways to address pressing population health issues in the U.S. 


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Symposium for winners of Camden Scholar's Forum set for Friday


April 20th marked the launch of the second annual Camden Scholar's Forum. For three days, 120 accepted posters were available for viewing on the 10th Floor Pavilion of Cooper University Hospital.


Each participating poster was eligible to win first place in one of seven categories: clinical, basic science, case study, medical student, nursing research, allied health, and non-research performance improvement. Click HERE to see the list of winners, or stop by the CMSRU lobby this week where the winning posters are on display.


Winners will present their projects on Friday, May 15th during a special symposium in the CMSRU auditorium. The event is from noon-1 p.m., followed by a reception in the Learning Commons.  Please support your colleagues and medical students by attending this event!

Save the Date for the 2015 Faculty Assembly


CMSRU's 2015 Faculty Assembly will be Thursday, July 16 at 4:30 p.m., announced Annette C. Reboli, MD, Vice Dean of CMSRU.  The event will commence with hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and networking in the Learning Commons followed by the assembly at 5:15 p.m. in the auditorium


"I urge all faculty members to attend this important annual meeting," said Dr. Reboli.  "It's a great opportunity to network with colleagues and learn important information about the status and future plans for CMSRU,"

An agenda for the 2015 Faculty Assembly will be emailed to all faculty members closer to the meeting date.  

CMSRU unveils new academic, office and wellness space


On April 16, Dean Paul Katz, MD, Vice Dean Annette Reboli, MD, and Associate Dean for Finance, Administration and Operations Valerie Weil, MD, participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially open the west side of the 4th floor of the medical education building. This new space includes a 1,512 square foot multipurpose "wet" lab (MPL) which seats 120 and includes state-of-the-art AV equipment; two new Active Learning Rooms; office space for Student Affairs and Admissions and Information Technology staff, including a recording room for lecture recordings; and wellness spaces for use by students, faculty and staff.


"When we built the Medical Education Building, we purposely left unfinished space on one whole side of the 4th floor so we could build it out based on future needs," explained Dean Katz.  "I'm really excited about the MPL, which will give our faculty state-of-the art space for hands-on labs and lectures. The fitness studio and meditation rooms are important, too, as we continue to establish a culture of wellness at CMSRU."


The Wellness Studio, Yoga/Meditation, and Private Meditation rooms, located on the northwest side of the 4th floor, are available for use by all CMSRU faculty members. The 1,690 square foot studio will be used for instructor-led and/or video recorded fitness sessions. Some small equipment will be available in the space, including fitness balls, yoga mats, free weights (up to 10 lbs.), weighted bars, jump ropes, resistance bands, medicine balls, and a punching bag. The Yoga/Meditation Room is for small yoga or fitness classes (4-8 capacity) or for group meditation or prayer.  The Private Meditation Room is intended for brief (15-20 minute) individual meditation/relaxation time.  It will also serve as a quiet retreat for prayer or nursing. Click HERE for guidelines on using the Wellness spaces.  If you have specific questions or would like more information about scheduling, please contact Brittany Gottsch, a member of CMSRU's Wellness Committee, by emailing gottsch@rowan.edu

4th Year Curriculum Update


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The fourth medical school year for CMSRU will be rolled out for the first time for members of the CMSRU charter class on July 6. The fourth year has been designed to ensure that our students will be prepared for their future residencies and careers by giving them a broad experience while also allowing them to pursue rotations in the field of their interest.  They will complete 16 weeks of required rotations as well as 40 hours of service learning.  There are four required rotations: Critical Care Clerkship in Medicine or Trauma, a Sub-Internship, Emergency Medicine, and a unique Chronic Care rotation that focuses on the care of patients living with chronic medical conditions.  Students must take these four clerkships in the Cooper Health System.  Students will then have 20 weeks of elective time, of which 16 weeks can be done at any LCME accredited medical school in the country. They will be allowed to add and drop courses six weeks prior to the start of a rotation block.  This flexibility will allow our students to design an incredible individualized education in their fourth year. 

Faculty member named Fellow of Academy of Clerkship Directors


James B. Alexander, MD, FACS, has been awarded "Fellow" Certification in the Association of Surgical Education Academy of Clerkship Directors. He is one of six members of the Charter group of surgeons who were awarded Academy Certification at the organization's annual meeting in Seattle, WA in April 2015. Dr. Alexander is Professor of Surgery and General Surgery Program Director at CMSRU. He has served as surgical Clerkship Director for over 20 years here and at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Camden.


Academy Certification signifies serving as a medical school surgery clerkship director, scholarly activity in surgical education and participation in Association of Surgical Education research and faculty development. The Association of Surgical Education's mission is to promote, recognize and reward excellence, innovation and scholarship in surgical education. The organization was founded in 1980 and its 850 members represent over 190 medical schools and institutions throughout the United States and Canada.

PULSE call for summer mentors


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is seeking clinicians and faculty members to mentor undergraduate students enrolled in the 2015 Premedical Urban Leaders Summer Enrichment (PULSE) program this summer. If you would like to mentor students who are interested in research, or simply have a need for extra hands with your research project(s), please contact Octavia Nash, Assistant Director for Special Programs in the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs at CMSRU, at nash@rowan.edu.


Please include the following information in your message: 

  • Research topic, project, and/or needs
  • How many students are needed


PULSE is a 6-week program providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain academic, clinical, research, and service experiences that encourage interests in careers and education in medicine and science. In the past, CMSRU faculty members have been a great help with mentoring students in the area of research. PULSE students will be expected to dedicate 10 hours per week (3.5 hours/3 days per week) to their individual projects. The PULSE program begins on June 8th and concludes with a Poster Symposium on July 17th.

Cooper doctors, med students explore medical ethics then and now


Nearly 200 students, faculty and staff attended The 3rd Annual Berkowitz Lecture held in the CMSRU auditorium in April. The event featured Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, who illustrated the history and evolution of biomedical ethics with cases he collected from his late father's personal journals from the 1960s through the 1980s.


"My father, like his colleagues at the time, knew his patients well and understood their values and their beliefs about medicine," explained Lerner, an international leader in the history of medical ethics."This was during an era when doctors assumed responsibility for making important life and death decisions on their patients' behalf - 'playing God' -- sometimes without their patients' knowledge." 


Much has changed in medicine. Being an ethical doctor today, explained Lerner, means empowering patients to make their own decisions. But this evolved philosophy comes with its own set of very challenging ethical issues for physicians.


The Berkowitz Lecture series is made possible by a generous gift from The Berkowitz Family Foundation to the Cooper Foundation to sponsor annual educational programs for physicians and medical students on a variety of medical ethics featuring world-renowned experts in the field.


If you missed the lecture or would like to watch it again, you can view it HERE.  

CAMP ends year with special symposium

The Cooper Afterschool Mentoring Program (CAMP), one of many service learning projects developed by CMSRU students, recently hosted an end-of-year symposium for their high school mentees. In all, 16 students from Pennsauken High School, Cinnaminson High School, LEAP Academy, and Brimm Medical Arts High School offered short presentations on a range of health topics. The goal of CAMP is to help keep motivated students from local high schools on the path toward academic and personal success. Channel 6 Action News and a reporter with the Courier-Post covered the symposium. Click HEREto read the Courier-Post article.

CMSRU Associate Dean earns Diversity Award


The Rowan University Senate Diversity Committee awarded Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs, a 2015 Senate Excellence in Diversity Award.

Dr. Mitchell-Williams received her award during special reception held on the Glassboro campus in April. She was acknowledged for her leadership in student recruitment and retention at CMSRU, promoting cultural competency in the curriculum, initiating and developing pipeline programs, and her support and guidance of student clubs and organizations.


Congratulations Dr. Mitchell-Williams!

Six M1 students head to Chicago for national challenge

A team of six M1 students are heading to the American Medical Association's Annual Meeting 2015 in Chicago to compete in the Medical Student Section's Public Health Case Competition. Their video was one of five chosen from 18 national submissions for the National Qualifier, including two submitted by other CMSRU teams.


The focus for this year's Medical Student Section's Public Health Case Competition National Qualifier addressed mental illness in the homeless population. Members of CMSRU's winning team --  Hely Shah, Jennifer Rosenbaum, Gabrielle Hassinger, Kyle Marden, Catherine Marchetta, and Amanda Malik -- produced a video which suggests that community connections are necessary in ending homelessness and altering the state of mental illness. They will present their video live during the conference.


The American Medical Association (AMA-MSS) Public Health Case Competition is an intensive exercise in real-world problem solving. The competition features a scenario with real public health problems that challenge our healthcare system every day. Participants develop solutions complete with budgets and timelines that are judged by leaders in the fields of health policy, public policy, and entrepreneurship.

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