June 29, 2018
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Volunteer Faculty Presented with Awards
Held on June 25, the Volunteer Faculty Awards Ceremony and General Faculty meeting honored 21 outstanding volunteer faculty members.  Dean Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, department chairs and other representatives of the departments and Office of Education recognized t hese important members of our team, who welcome students and residents into their practices, mentoring and teaching them to become excellent physicians. 

Please congratulate the following volunteer faculty memners on their dedication to student learning.
Alumni Create Scholarships as Part of the Chancellor’s Challenge
Two alumni created named scholarships as part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences  Chancellor   Brian L. Strom’s, MD, MPH , Scholarship Challenge. Sukumar Nagendran, MD ( photographed left), pledged $75,000, which was matched by an additional $25,000 from the challenge, to create a $100,000 endowed scholarship, titled the Sukumar and Anne Nagendran International Medical Study Scholarship. Dr. Nagendran chose to establish the scholarship to support medical students in their travels abroad to study international health care systems.

Elena Frid, MD ( photographed at left in the top right image, with Director of Development Melissa Magyar ), vice president of the Alumni Association board, pledged $12,500, with an additional $12,500 match from the challenge, to create a $25,000 scholarship for students interested in neurology or neuroscience—the Dr. Frid Annual Scholarship.

Thanks to our alumni for their dedication to our students! Faculty, staff and alumni are integral to the success of this challenge, which matches every donation up to $25,000 1:1; and 2:1 for new donations and faculty alumni donations. Help support our students by making your donation today here
First-Ever Staff Counsel Inaugural Meeting
On Monday, June 25, the medical school hosted its inaugural meeting of the Staff Council (SC). The Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Staff Council is a representative body of non-faculty employees who will work to increase staff involvement in the governance of the school by broadening and strengthening lines of communication within the entire community.

The mission of the SC is to provide a collective voice to improve the morale and effectiveness of the school. The council will listen and respond to the ideas and opinions of our staff, and convey them to medical school leadership. The SC will provide avenues for the school’s diverse staff to participate in policy making, promote visibility, foster a supportive work environment and strive to develop a sense of community among students, staff, faculty and senior administrators.
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Dr. Bachmann Receives PROUD Physician Leadership Award
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's Promoting Respect, Outreach, Understanding and Dignity (PROUD) Business Resource Group recognized and honored community leaders and advocates for their commitment and contributions to the advancement of the LGBTQ community’s health care needs during the first annual Pride Awards.

Gloria Bachmann, MD ,  professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, associate dean for women’s health and director of the Women’s Health Institute, received the PROUD Physician Leadership Award. See a list of all the awardees here.
Join the Great Alumni Hunt for a Chance to Win an Apple Watch
The Office of Alumni Affairs is happy to annouce the first Great Alumni Hunt . This new initiative aims to reconnect alumni back into the medical school community. Our alumni learn about events, networking opportunities, mentorship, news and more primarily from e-mail communications. Because less than half of the alumni population has a valid email address with the school, far too many are missing out on opportunities and connections.

Faculty, staff and students can be a part of the Great Alumni Hunt by submitting a survey  here  of all the alumni you know with their email addresses. To protect privacy, alumni will be contacted to confirm they would like to be emailed before any communication is sent to them. The person who submits the most email addresses will win the Apple Watch Series 3. There will also be a random drawing for everyone who participates to win wireless earbuds. Whether you submit two or 20 names, each one is important in helping the medical school reconnect with alumni.
Students Present TeamSTEPPS at Conference
Medical school students Richard W. Lang III ( left ) and Thomas Kuriakose ( right ) presented “TeamSTEPPS Implementation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: A Student-Led Initiative” during the American Hospital Association (AHA) Team Training national conference June 20-22 in San Diego. The poster was a result of Lang’s Distinction in Medical Education project, supported by faculty advisers Carol A. Terregino, MD , and Gregory Peck, DO . The project was also supported and worked on by fellow students Kevin Fitzpatrick and Kristin Raphel , and faculty members Robert Lebeau, EdD ; George Mulheron, PhD; Joyce Afran, MD; Karen Lin, MD; Robert Like, MD; and Paul Weber, MD, RPh, MBA .

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School students gave one of only two medical student poster presentations, with multiple faculty from across the country asking the students to share their presentation with them. In addition, the director of the AHA Team Training Conference recognized the hard work of this team and suggested a partnership with the AHA in developing a standardized TeamSTEPPS-based teamwork training curriculum for graduate health schools to utilize. Lang and Kuriakose were invited to the Annual AHA Reboot meeting, to be part of the education group and share their project.
Family Medicine Residents and Faculty Win Poster Awards
The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health residents and faculty presented research and won multiple poster awards during the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians meeting this spring. Residents  Marcella Perez, MD , presented two posters,  Patrick Wong, MD; Mariam Mufti, MD; and  Nithya SettyShah, MD , each presented their fellowship track work, and graduating women’s h ealth fellow, and new faculty member,  Anna Sliwowska, MD , presented her poster and also a lecture at the scientific assembly.  Karen Wei-Ru Lin, MD , professor of family medicine and community health, and three students presented on " Effectiveness of Medicaid Enrollment and Health Outcomes in Former Patients of a Student-Run Health Clinic."

Dr. Perez received second place in the resident poster contest for her community project titled “Improving Medical Student and Resident Training in Women's Health by Implementing a Free Cervical Cancer Screening Program.” Fred Kobylarz, MD, MPH , associate professor of family medicine and community health, received a first-place award for “Addressing Falls in Older Adults in a Primary Care Practice: Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative.” Alicia Dermer, MD, FABM, IBCLC , associate professor of family medicine and community health , received second place for her research, titled “A Family Medicine-Based Breastfeeding Medicine Elective for Fourth-Year Medical Students: Outcomes of the First Two Years.”

Congratulations to all who participated!   
Rutgers Health Pediatric Surgical Specialists to Move Offices
The pediatric surgical specialists who comprise the "Surgical Care for Kids" practice of Rutgers Health will be moving their offices from Plum Street to the Clinical Academic Building, as of July 9. The new offices, located in Suite 3300 of the CAB, feature nearly double the number of exam rooms, more spacious waiting rooms and more patient-friendly space, designed to better accommodate the growing practice. The new space will also enhance and expand the services provided, including the addition of a fetal counseling center, intestinal care center, coordinated trauma care, special procedures rooms and larger consultation areas for multidisciplinary care of children with more advanced surgical needs. 

The practice includes members of the medical school's divisions of pediatric surgery, pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric urology. Specialists who will be moving to the new space are Joseph Barone, MD, MBA Yi-Horng Lee, MD ; Prithvi Narayan, MD Joelle Pierre, MD ; Robert E. Stickler, MD ; and  Shaheen Timmapuri, MD .

An open house is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m.
Weekly View on Vacation
The Weekly View will be taking a vacation next week, to return on July 13. Enjoy a happy and healthy Independence Day!
With the new academic year almost upon us, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences will begin its Grand Rounds Series on Friday July 13, with Department Chair Mark Sauer, MS, MD, as the kick-off speaker. Please note that there is a new day of the week ( Friday) and location (MEB 102A) for these Grand Rounds. 
 
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!
 
-- Paul Weber, MD, RPh, MBA , associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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