Oct. 5, 2018
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Nanda Honored at Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting
Anil Nanda, MD , chair, Department of Neurosurgery ( right) , was the honored guest at the Gold Coast 74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Neurosurgical Society in Australia. Dr. Nanda was invited to be the Jamieson Memorial Lecturer, which is the highest honor an international neurosurgeon can receive at the conference.

Dr. Nanda presented four talks at the event, including “Skull Base Surgery: Butchering Versus Beauty," "Vascular Complications with Routine Lumbar Disc Surgery” and “Vascular Injuries During Transphenoidal Surgery.” He gave the Jamieson Memorial Lecture presentation, titled “Gallipoli: Leadership through the Prism of Ataturk, Churchill and Gandhi,” during which he explained the close intersections of history and neurosurgery, and the lessons that can be learned from the past. 
Drs. Walker and Fisher Named Masters of the American College of Physicians
John A. Walker, MD , professor of medicine ( left ), and Bruce Fisher, MD , clinical professor of medicine ( right ), will be named Masters of the American College of Physicians (ACP) during the Spring 2019 ACP meeting. A master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the field of medicine. “Drs. Walker and Fisher belong to a highly selective cadre of stalwarts of education in our state, and this honor is well deserved,” says Ranita Sharma, MD , associate professor of medicine and past governor of the New Jersey ACP.

Dr. Walker is a clinical nephrologist, associate dean for faculty development and the clerkship director for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Fisher is an infectious disease specialist who teaches the art of bedside medicine and clinical reasoning to students during their medicine clerkship at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Saint Peter's University Hospital. Congratulations, Drs. Walker and Fisher, on this honor.
Students Collect Alumni Emails to Build Database
Last week, students participated in the first-ever Great Alumni Hunt phone-a-thon. This new initiative aimed to reconnect with alumni and invite them back to 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.
Students called alumni to ask for their email addresses and answer questions they had for students. It was a great networking opportunity for students, as well as a chance for our alumni to be reengaged with the school. Over the course of a two-day period, more than 500 alumni were reached. 
Submit a "Big Idea" for RBHS
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Chancellor Brian Strom, MD, MPH , invites all faculty, staff and students to submit a proposal for a “Big Idea.” Big Ideas are multidisciplinary, innovative, large-scale projects that have the potential to create lasting, transformational impact by leveraging areas where RBHS is already uniquely positioned to lead.

In 2014, we closed Our Rutgers, Our Future , the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university’s history, with a surpassed $1 billion goal. Just four years later, our ascent has steepened even further and we continue to climb in national rankings and draw record-breaking philanthropic support year over year. As we prepare for the launch of our next comprehensive campaign, Big Ideas will help us enhance how we communicate transformational impact, heightening philanthropic support and further accelerating our momentum.

You can submit your Big Idea, and read more about the submission process and review examples here .
Social Media Post of the Week
rwjms There was a great turnout of faculty, staff, students and alumni for the first Networking Mixer, hosted by the Student Government Association. Hope to see you at the next event on Oct. 26 at Roosterspin!

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Dr. Schlesinger Presents at Conference
Naomi Schlesinger, MD, professor of medicine, gave two lectures at the Academy of Autoimmunity’s 11th International Congress on Autoimmunity in Lisbon, Portugal, in May. Dr. Schlesinger discussed the diagnosis and management of gout.

The Academy of Autoimmunity is a systematic review in autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases that focuses on the recent innovations in diagnostic measurements, criteria and clinical manifestations to the best protocols currently available. 
October is SIDS Awareness Month
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, and in recognition, Gov. Phil Murphy issued an official proclamation in support of the SIDS Center of New Jersey. In the United States, SIDS is the leading cause of infant mortality from 1 month to 1 year of age. The SIDS Center of New Jersey promotes safe infant sleep practices. Those efforts have helped keep New Jersey’s rate of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths among the lowest in the nation.

“Knowledge is empowering, and we urge families to download our new and free mobile SIDS Info phone app to learn more about safe infant sleep,” says Barbara M. Ostfeld, PhD , professor of pediatrics and program director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey ( right ).

“During SIDS Awareness Month, caregivers should review how well they are educating families about safe infant sleep and other risk reducing practices. Doing it well does not mean that it can't be done even better,” says Thomas Hegyi, MD , professor and vice chair of pediatrics and medical director of the SIDS Center ( right ).
More information about reducing the risk of SIDS may be found on the SIDS Center of New Jersey website
Chandler Receives HRSA Grant
Eric B. Chandler Health Center is the proud recipient of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s supplemental grant funding for Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH). The purpose of SUD-MH funding is to support health centers in implementing and advancing evidence-based strategies to expand access to quality integrated substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment services, including those addressing opioid use disorder (OUD) and other emerging SUD issues to best meet the health needs of the population served by the health center; and to expand access to quality integrated mental health services, with a focus on conditions that increase risk for, or co-occur with SUD, including OUD.
Chandler Health Center will receive $285,000 for this grant, which is in addition to the $175,000 Fiscal Year 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services supplemental funding. 
Ira Black Lecture in Neuroscience and Cell Biology Next Thursday
Hosted by the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, the Ira B. Black Memorial Lecture takes place on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in the West Lecture Hall in Piscataway. The speaker, William Mobley, MD, PhD, associate dean for neurosciences initiatives, distinguished professor of Neurosciences, and Florence Riford Chair for Alzheimer Disease Research at UC San Diego School of Medicine, will discuss, “Neurotrophin Signaling Deficits in Neurodegeneration: Insights into the Imperative for Moving Information in Neurons.”

All attendees are invited to a reception following the lecture in the Old Student Lounge.
Staff Council Launch on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Staff Council invites you to a launch event at which staff members from throughout the medical school can meet their department representatives, learn about the mission and goals of the Staff Council and try their luck at a Tricky Tray with exciting prizes!

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9 - 11 a.m.
Great Hall, Piscataway

Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon - 2 p.m.
Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302
New Brunswick

The Staff Council is a new 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.
Please save the date for the "Fifth Evidence-Based Pediatric Update Symposium" on  Saturday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. , led by  Benjamin J. Lentzner, MD , program director.    The symposium will be held at the Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302, in New Brunswick and represents a collaboration between the medical school's Department of Pediatrics and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Click  here   to view all upcoming CME activities.

-- Paul Weber, MD, RPh, MBA , associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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