Nov. 16, 2018
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all that you do for our medical school. The Weekly View will return on Nov. 30. 
Dr. Carson Inducted into Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Jeffrey L. Carson, MD , provost-New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and Richard C. Reynolds, M.D. Chair in General Internal Medicine at the medical school, who was inducted into the National Blood Foundation's (NBF) Hall of Fame. The NBF's Hall of Fame honors a select group of NBF-grant recipients each year who leveraged their early-career grant funding into successful blood management-related careers. Dr. Carson, one of three inductees this year, was recognized for reshaping transfusion medicine through National Institutes of Health-supported clinical trials, the evidence from which was used to establish and revise national standards, saving vital pints of blood and enhancing care for even the most critical of patients. 
STEM Pioneer Speaks at Medical School
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School welcomed a distinguished researcher and woman pioneer in STEM, Vivian W. Pinn, MD, senior scientist emerita at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center, this week. Dr. Pinn spent time with faculty and residents over tea on Tuesday evening, discussing both her personal history, her perspective of the progression of health care and career advancement for minorities and for women, and initiatives she worked on with faculty members at the medical school and university. On Wednesday, she spoke during a noon lecture to an audience that included health professionals and nearly 50 11th-grade students from New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School.

Dr. Pinn was the inaugural full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH from 1991 and associate director of
NIH for Women’s Health Research from 1994 until her retirement in 2011. Under Dr. Pinn's leadership, the office led the implementation of NIH research inclusion policies, developed the first-ever, as well as subsequent, national strategic plans for women’s health research and established many new research funding initiatives and career development programs, including interdisciplinary initiatives, in collaboration with NIH institutes and centers. Dr. Pinn was invited to the medical school by Gloria A. Bachmann, MD , professor, associate dean for women's health and director of the Women's Health Institute, along with Joan W. Bennett, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Office for Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at the university.
Social Media Post of the Week
As part of Dr. Pinn's visit, the students from New Brunswick Health Sciences and Technology High School were asked to draft an essay answering the question, "How would you be a pioneer in STEM?"

Michael Fanelli, principal of the high school, congratulated the winners on his Twitter feed, along with sharing their photo with Dean Sherine Gabriel ( left), Dr. Vivian Pinn ( center) and John Gantner, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Look for more information about the essay winners in an upcoming Weekly View.
Inaugural Lecture Honors Parvin Saidi, MD
The Division of Hematology in the Department of Medicine hosted the inaugural Parvin Saidi, MD, Lecture in Hematology . Andra H. James, MD, MPH ( far right ), professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as a consulting professor in the Division of Hemotology at Duke University School of Medicine, was welcomed as the keynote speaker at the newly endowed lecture by Claire S. Philipp, MD , professor of medicine and the Melvyn, Ab and Yetta Motolinsky Chair in Hematology. Dr. Saidi's daughters (center ) attended.

The lecture honors Dr. Parvin Saidi , who was one of the first female faculty members of the medical school, joining the Department of Medicine in 1968. She was recognized nationally and internationally for her work in hemostasis and served as a leader in hematology/oncology disorders and research, having garnered nearly $19 million in grants during her 40-year career at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Drs. Jahn and Dodsworth-Rugani Awarded Grant for Telehealth Initiative Project
Eric Jahn, MD , associate professor and senior associate dean of co mmunity health at the medical school and program administrator, RWJMS Telehealth Initiative, and  Kathy   Dodsworth-Rugani, PhD ,   executive director, RWJMS Telehealth Initiative,   were awarded a   $1,592,002 grant from the Nicholson Foundation for the medical school's telehealth initiative. It supports Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), which is a collaborative model of medical education that builds relationships among a team of interdisciplinary specialists with primary care providers through videoconferencing sessions designed to help them treat more complex conditions in a primary care setting.
As part of the grant, Drs. Jahn and Dodsworth-Rugani will   continue to grow and plan for the future sustainability of the Endocrinology, Pediatric Behavioral Health and Chronic Pain ECHO clinics. They will design and pilot a new ECHO clinic focused on treatment and community interventions for families with substance-exposed infants and will pilot the use of electronic, asynchronous, non-face-to-face consultations between primary care clinicians and specialists using a secure platform referred to as eConsults.

In addition, the duo also were awarded funding of $149,413 from the N.J. Department of Human Services' Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to develop a Project ECHO Clinic to provide education and training to primary care and behavioral health practitioners on the assessment, intervention and treatment practices for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) patients. Expert content for this ECHO will be provided by Petros Levounis, MD, and Erin Zerbo, MD, from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School's Department of Psychiatry, and Mary-Catherine Bohan, MSW, from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.
Student Honored with Achievement Award
Third-year medical student Anna Rose Johnson, MPH , was selected as one of the 2018 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Latino/Hispanic Achievement Award honorees. Recipients were chosen from a field of extraordinary candidates for their exemplary commitment to BIDMC and the Latino/Hispanic community. Johnson is in her second year as a student scholar at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston conducting research in plastic surgery.
Learn more about the achievements that led to this outstanding recognition. Congratulations, Anna!
Dr. Drachtman Receives Motolinsky Award
Congratulations to Richard Drachtman, MD , professor of pediatrics at the medical school and clinical section chief of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, who has been named the 2018 recipient of the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his accomplishments and leadership in the field of pediatric cancer and blood disorders. The foundation has generously supported several initiatives at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School aligned with its mission, including The Melvyn H. Motolinsky Laboratory for Hematology Research; the Melvyn and Abraham Motolinsky Fellowship, a permanently endowed fellowship that supports a postdoctoral hematology researcher; and the establishment of the Melvyn, Ab and Yetta Motolinsky Chair in Hematology. Read more about Dr. Drachtman here .
Study Determines Benefits of Service-learning Initiatives
A newly published paper in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved by a team of students, alumni and faculty has analyzed the influence of service-learning activities in medical school, as required by the LCME, on career choices of medical students and residents. As reported in the paper, through semi-structured interviews with physicians who had completed residency training and held leadership positions within the Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project, or HIPHOP, the study identified four main themes: service-learning activities provided an outlet for individuals predisposed to service; participants reported actively seeking underserved populations in their practice; participants described increased sensitivity toward the underserved; and participants reported gaining leadership, organizational and administrative skills. The research concluded that physicians who participated in medical school service-learning activities indicated these experiences influenced their professional development and approach to practice. Future studies may consider these outcomes when evaluating service-learning projects.

The study was led by medical students Jane Hand and Alison Koransky and published along with alumnus J ason Feinman , MD , in addition to faculty and staff members in the Office of Community Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Department of Pediatrics: Maria B. Pellerano , MA, MBA, MPH ; Manuel E. Jimenez , MD, MS Susan Giordano , BA ; and  Eric Jahn , MD .
Medical School Hosts Recruitment Event
On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted DR Day, a diversity recruitment event. First-generation college students, students in underrepresented groups and students who qualify for Educational Opportunity Fund assistance were invited to learn about the medical school and its admissions process.
Faculty Present on Medical School Training Program
From left to right, Payal Parikh, MD , assistant professor; Catherine Chen, MD , instructor; and Sheetal Patel, MD , assistant professor, all faculty in the Department of Medicine, presented a workshop on "Bootcamp for Medical Students Entering Residency" at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Conference in Morristown, N.J., on Nov. 9.
Save the Date for These Upcoming Events!
Special Luncheons Hosted by Dean Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc
Dean Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, cordially invites you to join her for a special celebratory luncheon in appreciation of your hard work and dedication.
Luncheons are being held on:

Thursday, Nov. 29
Noon to 2 p.m. 
Clinical Academic Building
Conference Room 1302, New Brunswick
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Noon to 2 p.m.
Great Hall, Piscataway
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Thank you for your commitment to excellence. 
 We hope to see you there.
Nov. 26 - Dec. 11 - Shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for Eric B. Chandler Health Center's Annual Toy Drive! Collection bins will be located throughout medical school buildings.

Nov. 29 - FREE HIV Testing in recognition of World AIDS Day, hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Program in the Department of Pediatrics .

Dec. 5 - Global Health Fair with keynote speaker XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University.
Upcoming Grand Rounds and CME
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is launching its fourth grant-funded Project ECHO collaborative aimed at transferring specialists’ substance use disorder knowledge to Medicaid primary care and mid-level providers. Project ECHO is a no-cost , videoconferencing CEU program that uses participants’ patient cases as material for learning new treatment plans, the latest medical research, and current best practices. The panel of experts includes New Jersey Medical School addiction psychiatrists Petros Levounis, MD, and Erin Zerbo, MD, and University Behavioral Health Care’s Vice President of Outpatient Services Mary-Catherine Bohan, MSW. Live clinic sessions launch Friday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m., and run biweekly. To enroll or learn more, click here
Registration also is open for other Project ECHOs: Pediatric Behavioral Health (Tuesdays, 8 - 9 a.m.), Complex Endocrinology (Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:45 a.m.), and Chronic Pain (Thursdays/Fridays, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.). To enroll or learn more, click here .
In addition, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, many departments will not hold their regularly scheduled CME programming. Click  here   to view a revised schedule of upcoming events for the week of Nov. 26.
-- Paul Weber, MD, RPh, MBA , associate dean, Continuing Medical Education  
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