Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
May/June 2014
In This Issue
CMSRU Breaking News!
Faculty News
Congratulations to the following faculty members on being awarded cancer research grants from The Cooper Foundation. The grants were made possible by the
Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch and the
Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund:


Elyce Cardonick, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

"Developmental, Behavioral and Cardiovascular Follow-Up of Children Exposed to Chemotherapy in Utero for Maternal Breast Cancer Treated During Pregnancy"


Kelly L. Gilran, PhD,
Assistant Professor of Medicine:

"Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavior Therapy Plus Hypnosis Intervention to Improve Radiotherapy-related Fatigue in Patients with Advanced Cancer"


Yize Richard Wang, MD, PhD,
Assistant Professor of Medicine:

"Incidence and Predictors of Colorectal Cancer among Medicare Beneficiaries with Crohn's Disease in the United States"


Wissam Abouzgheib, MD,
Assistant Professor of Medicine:
"Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation During Large Volume Thoracentesis to Prevent Procedural Side Effects"


Gregory Kubicek, MD,
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Kumar Rajagopalan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine: "Stereotactic  Radiosurgery and Systemic Dose Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Lung Cancer"


Faculty Accomplishments
It was standing-room only at the panel discussion chaired by Cori McMahon, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Kelly Gilrain, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, held this spring in Philadelphia. The talk, entitled "Establishing behavioral medicine programs within hospital systems: Navigating challenges while focusing on patient-centered care," featured panelists from local academic centers as well as CMSRU faculty member Mark Thomas, MD, and Sunil Marwaha, Administrative Director of the Adult Health Institute at Cooper. The conference focused on dissemination of evidence- based treatments in Behavioral Medicine as well as the impact of the Affordable Care Act and how Behavioral Medicine intervention can help hospitals save money by decreasing readmission rates. The CMSRU group was also involved in a few research poster presentations.


Saifuddin T. Mama, MD,MPH FACOG, Associate Professor and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, presented at two national conferences recently. At the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons April 2014 Meeting, he co-presented "Novel neourethra construction in female epispadias complex without bladder extrophy." Also in April, Dr. Mama attended the North American Society for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology meeting. Here, he presented a poster entitled "Dual laparoscopic abdominal and vaginal approach in surgical correction of adolescent symptomatic hematocolpos" and participated in a round table on "Future Reproductive Consequences of Congenital Gynecologic Anomalies" where he invited debate on pros and cons of robotic surgery for pediatric and adolescent gynecologic patients.  

  Faculty in the Media
Jocelyn A. Mitchell-Williams, MD,
PhD, FACOG, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was among the experts interviewed by SJ Magazine for an article titled, "Daddy Data - What Every Father-to-Be Should Know," that appeared in the April 2014 issue. Click HEREto read the full article.

Michael A. Kirchhoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, was interviewed by CBS 3 about a recent study that shows a 30 percent increase in the number of emergency room visits for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries over a four-year period from 2006 to 2010. Click HERE to watch the clip.  

For the past year,
National Public Radio's
"Marketplace" has been producing a series of reports on the impact of health care reform and related issues in Camden. In the most recent segment, the program interviewed CMSRU faculty member Jeffrey Brenner, MD
about the use of data to make improvements in the way health care is delivered and to reduce costs. ClickHERE to listen to the segment.   
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Drug Abuse CME Scheduled for June 12


"Do No Harm: A Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium for the Medical Community" is an important Continuing Medical Education activity being held at CMSRU on June 12, 2014 that will address the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and the rising levels of heroin abuse and deaths. Moderated by Thomas Matthews, on-air radio personality for 98.1 WOGL, the panel includes national leaders on the topic and CMSRU faculty members Eric E. Kupersmith, MD, SFHM, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Karim W. Ghobrial-Sedky, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; and Michael A Kirchoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. The CME program is free, but pre-registration is required.  Please click HERE for details and registration information.

Assistant Advisory College Directors Sought


Looking for an opportunity to engage more directly with our medical students? CMSRU is currently seeking four committed faculty members to become Assistant Advisory College Directors.


"This is an excellent opportunity for faculty members who are interested in working with students on a more personal level," says Rachael Berget, Director of Faculty Affairs and Educational Operations at CMSRU. "They will join four very strong Advisory College Directors in making sure our students have the support they need to succeed in medical school."


With a commitment of only about 4 hours per week, the Assistant Advisory College Directors will be responsible for mentoring a group of six students from each class. They will meet regularly to discuss careers, shadowing and research opportunities, and become sources of support for their mentees. They will work closely with the Advisory College Directors: Erin Pukenas, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology (Elizabeth Blackwell College); Lisa Reid, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Harvey Cushing College); Antoinette Spevetz, MD, Professor of Medicine (Benjamin Rush College); and Richard Fischer, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (William Osler College).


CMSRU's Advisory Colleges play an important role in the overall well-being and personal growth of our students. These Colleges, to which students are assigned upon matriculation and remain during all four years, provide general academic advisement, student wellness, stress management, prevention of medical school burnout and student oriented social activities. Students are encouraged to participate in activities within their individual colleges as a means for emotional support and wellness.


If you are interested in applying for one of these four positions, please submit a brief cover letter detailing your interest, skills, and experience, your CV, and a letter of support from your division head or departmental chair. Please send all materials to Rachael Berget at berget@rowan.edu, by June 14, 2014.

CMSRU Student Group Earns National Recognition


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University's (CMSRU) chapter of the Student National Medical Association was recently recognized as a regional Chapter of the Year during the 50th Anniversary National SNMA Banquet in Washington, D.C.!


CMSRU also took second place nationally for its community service poster highlighting an outreach program to school children in Camden, and CMSRU second year student Imoh Ikpot was elected the SNMA regional community service representative for 2014-2015.


"These are amazing accomplishments given that CMSRU just became an SNMA chapter last year," explained Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs at CMSRU.

Click HERE to see the full story about this significant accomplishment

Med Students Flock to CMSRU, Cooper for Summer Research


This summer, 45 of the 64 first year medical students at CMSRU will remain in Camden to work with faculty on a variety of research and scholarly activities. The students, who will work 35 hours per week, are each receiving a stipend for their work.


According Harry Mazurek, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, CMSRU's summer research program provides a great opportunity for both students and faculty. Students can explore areas of interest, develop professional contacts and mentors, and have the opportunity to produce scholarly work. For faculty, it provides an opportunity to engage in teaching and mentoring, and access to eager and willing assistants to help them with their scholarly activities.  


"The fact that we found research sites for 45 students this summer is phenomenal," says Dr. Mazurek. "This shows that our clinical and biomedical science faculty are truly committed to our school. These experiences will be invaluable for our students."


Faculty members from nearly every department at CMSRU responded to the request to provide opportunities for students, offering research opportunities in basic science, translational science, and clinical research, as well as scholarly activities in areas such as quality assurance, population health, performance improvement, medical and patient education, disaster planning and hospital finance.

CMSRU Medical Librarians Earn Accolades at National Conference 


CMSRU Medical Librarians Susan K. Cavanaugh, MS, MPH, Nancy Calabretta, MS, Med, and Barbara Miller, MS, presented a poster at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago this month. The poster, "The Scholar's Workshop: Information Literacy in the Curriculum," highlighted the librarians role in providing medical students with the tools to develop critical thinking and investigative skills needed for successful careers in contemporary medicine. According to Cavanaugh, the goal was to introduce medical librarians to the Scholar's Workshop concept and to highlight a sample of sessions which focus on the librarian domain of information literacy.


During the event, Cavanaugh was also awarded the Medical Library Association's Ida and George Eliot Prize. This award is presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship.


Dr. Danielle Ofri Visits CMSRU for 2nd Annual Berkowitz Lecture


Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, D.Litt (Hon), FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Editor-in-Chief of Bellevue Literary Review, a writer for The New York Times and author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Berkowitz Lecture, held at CMSRU in early April.  


Presenting to physicians, fellows, residents, medical students and other health professionals, she offered a thoughtful perspective on humanism and medicine with her presentation "The Amygdala and the Stethoscope: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine."


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 students on a variety of medical ethics topics featuring world-renowned experts in the field.

CMSRU Faculty Recognized as Top Docs

Philadelphia magazine, South Jersey Magazine and SJ Magazine each featured "top doctor" listings this spring and, as usual, Cooper was well represented. Congratulations to all who were named among the best doctors in the region:


Philadelphia magazine  

"Top Docs" (May 2014) - click HERE


South Jersey Magazine   

"Best Physicians for Women" (May 2014) - click HERE   


SJ Magazine

"Top Female Docs" (May 2014) - click HERE 

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