A Note from Dean Cavalieri

This month brings with it the beginning of the year-end holiday season. For me, it is a time to reflect with gratitude on all that has happened during the year as well as to begin preparing for any challenges that will arrive with the coming year. Please know that my gratitude extends to all of you for your continuing commitment to our mission to truly make a difference in the health of the communities we serve.   

Stay strong and be safe, 
Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, MACOI, FACP
Michele Tartaglia, DO Returns to SOM in New Role

We welcome back Dr. Michele Tartaglia, who returns to SOM in a new role as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education.

As Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Dr. Tartaglia will oversee third- and fourth-year clerkships at SOM, and will report to Dr. Millicent Channell, Associate Dean for Curriculum. Dr. Tartaglia will also resume clinical responsibilities in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

A ‘Top Doc’ who received several accolades during her previous tenure at SOM, Dr. Tartaglia is a proven faculty leader, with her most recent role being Obstetrics and Gynecology program director. Her return to SOM follows a term at Christiana Health Care System, where she was honored for her work as a physician and faculty member.
Carla Granger, MBA Named Assistant Dean of Administration

Please welcome Carla Granger, MBA, who is SOM’s new Assistant Dean of Administration. As part of the Dean’s Office team, Ms. Granger will implement projects for SOM and the University, and will direct the functional areas of strategic planning and policy development.

Ms. Granger has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions related to medical education administration, fiscal management, policy development and implementation, strategic planning, and team building. She comes to SOM from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where she most recently served as Director of Education Administration & Senior Administrator of Biomedical Education and Anatomy. 
Third Annual Project Nest Case Competition Showcases Young Entrepreneurs

RowanSOM InvestMed hosted the third annual Project Nest Case Competition on November 8. SOM medical students, along with MBA and undergraduate students from Rowan’s Glassboro campus, showcased their entrepreneurial skills by designing and presenting novel projects intended to fill unmet needs in medicine, health care access, innovation and wellness within the Rowan community. Winners who received cash prizes and institutional support to implement their solutions to problems in our community.

A special thank you is extended to Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the RowanSOM Alumni Association for sponsoring this annual event. Project Nest would not be possible without their support.
Congratulations, Student Doctor Zerpa-Blanco

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announced that RowanSOM Student Doctor Ethan Daniel Zerpa-Blanco was one of five students nationally to be awarded this year’s Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Scholarship. Endowed by the Arnstein family, the scholarship honors her legacy as a former AACOM director who spent more than 30 years in public service, including as a federal official leading the strategy, in the early 1960s, to desegregate all U.S. hospitals. Zerpa-Blanco said that he aspires to “care for the underserved patients who need it most, whether I’m at a rural critical-care hospital, a community hospital in a disadvantaged neighborhood, or an inner-city hospital.”
RowanSOM and GSBS Place in Top Tier of National Competition

Congratulations to two students affiliated with RowanSOM and GSBS who received two of the top awards at this year’s 2021 National SOMA Research Symposium.
Second-year Student Doctor Eleni Papadopolous was awarded first prize for her research on traumatic brain injury. Eleni is conducting the research under the guidance of Dr. Rachel Navarra, Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience.
Third prize in the competition went to Christina Padovani, who is also a Rowan SOM/GSBS student in the first year of the PhD portion of her combined DO/PhD degree program. Christina is conducting her research under the guidance of Dr. Cathy Neary, Department of Molecular Biology.
Gold Humanism Honor Society Holds Induction Ceremony

The Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement congratulated this year’s Gold Humanism Honor Society inductees on November 9 during the GHHS Induction Ceremony. The evening included remarks from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a “Getting to Know the 2021 GHHS Class” video that highlighted this year’s inductees, the presentation of inductees, and the recitation of the GHHS Pledge. 

We invite you to view the Getting to Know the 2021 GHHS Class video to enjoy the remarkable stories and advice that each inductee shares.
SOM Observes Veteran's Day

On Thursday, November 11, RowanSOM students and staff gathered to honor our student, staff and faculty veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The event, which was coordinated by the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS), began with brief remarks from Student Doctor Edward Lai and Dean Cavalieri. A presentation of the National Anthem then followed.

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of our SOM veterans for their years of selfless service.
All Star Youth Sports Clinic Hosts Young Athletes in Supportive Environment

Children were all smiles at the All Star Youth Sports Clinic on November 10. The clinic, which is held monthly for children with special needs, is staffed by volunteer medical students led by Alexander Kaiteris, OMS-III and William Civatte, OMS-III. The Wednesday evening sessions allow children ages 6-15 years the chance to play a sport in a supportive, non-competitive and stress-free environment.

The All Star Sports Clinic is offered free of charge to families in the surrounding community, and still has openings. For more information, please email [email protected].
Second Annual Birds, Bourbon & BBQ Benefiting DaVinci Endowed Scholarship

On September 21, the second annual Birds, Bourbon & BBQ event was held at the Hudson Farm to benefit the DaVinci Endowed Scholarship at RowanSOM. The event hosted 110 attendees and raised over $60,000 for the scholarship, increasing the scholarship’s total funds to more than $104,000. We extend our heartfelt thanks to SOM alumnus Dr. David Bollard, his family, friends, colleagues, and local community for continuing to organize and participate in this remarkable fundraising initiative.
Dr. Bollard and his wife Linda Bollard created the DaVinci Endowed Scholarship for a fourth-year medical student who intends to practice primary care in Sussex or Warren County, New Jersey. The first student to receive this scholarship, Nathan Carroll, DO ’21, attended this year’s event. Now in the first year of his psychiatry residency in northern New Jersey, he intends to return to the region to practice.
We truly appreciate all those who came out to support this scholarship initiative. Plans are already in place for next year’s event – we look forward to seeing everyone at the Hudson Farm on September 20, 2022!
Giving Thanks at Friendsgiving

More than 20 student organizations joined together to celebrate ‘Friendsgiving’ on November 11. The event, coordinated by the Student Wellness Committee and the Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement, included hot apple cider, cookie decorating, and delicious dishes provided by each student organization.