Dec. 6, 2019
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Global Health Fair Highlights International Learning Opportunities
The medical school's Office of Global Health, in collaboration with Rutgers Global, hosted members of the Rutgers community at this year's annual Global Health Fair. Held Dec. 4 in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the event featured keynote speaker Joanna Regulska, PhD, vice provost and associate chancellor, global affairs, and professor of gender, sexuality and women's studies at University of California, Davis. Dr. Regulska discussed "Global Learning through Global Health: Advancing Common Goals, Together."

In addition to the keynote address, the Global Health Fair featured more than three dozen students from across Rutgers University, who presented posters about their research and travels related to their global health experience.
2019 Global Health Fair
Research Sets Out to Test Theories on the Origins of Life
The research of Vikas Nanda, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine -- conducted together with colleagues and trainees on the NASA-funded ENIGMA team -- was featured in a recent issue of Rutgers Today.

The project is part of NASA's focus on astrobiology and is testing theories on the origins of all life, including the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

The team is working to determine how proteins emerged from the chemistry of the early Earth, and then evolved to become the basis of life itself.

RWJUH Emergency Department Expansion Complete
Robert Eisenstein, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine (pictured above, holding the scissors), was among those on hand to "cut the ribbon" on the newly expanded Emergency Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The ribbon-cutting event marked the official completion of the hospital's two-year ED expansion project. As a result, the department increased from 40,000 to 60,000 square feet, with more than 100 new private treatment areas for patients; a separate, expanded Pediatric Emergency Department; a fast-track option for patients; in-department radiology imaging; a new walk-in entrance; and a new ambulance bay with capacity for eight ambulances at once.

Learn more in this RWJBH video.
Anesthesiology Open House -- An Evening of Fun and Entertainment
anesthesiology open house performance
Click here to view a slideshow of photos from the Open House for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.
Rutgers Global Profiles Dr. Karen Lin
Karen Wei-Ru Lin, MD, MS, professor of family medicine and community health and assistant dean for global health at the medical school, was highlighted by Rutgers Global in its most recent Rutgers Global Profile. In it, she shares her journey from Taiwan to the medical school and her multiple roles as a faculty member, clinician and mentor, including her work with the student-run HIPHOP Promise Clinic. The profile also highlights her work internationally as an ideal representative for the university as a whole.

"Whenever we have a delegation coming from abroad, we think of Karen Lin," notes Eric Garfunkel, PhD, Rutgers' vice president for global affairs and head of Rutgers Global.

Medical School Again Recognized in National Improvement Challenge for Helping Improve Maternal Health
The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care selected the medical school for a $2,000 second-place award in its National Improvement Challenge on Reduction of Peripartum Racial and Ethnic Disparities. The award followed a rigorous review, including evaluation of the use of the council's patient safety tools, improvements in processes and outcomes, and demonstrated multidisciplinary collaboration.

Awardees will be presenting at a Dec. 11 seminar hosted by the council, outlining how they were successful in this area.

Last year, the medical school received a $1,000 third-place award in the council's National Improvement Challenge on Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Birth: Supported Intended Vaginal Births.
Dr. Amorosa Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Judith K. Amorosa, MD, clinical professor of radiology, was honored by the American Association for Women in Radiology (AAWR) with the 2019 Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award. The award recognizes lifetime achievement and lasting contribution to the AAWR and to the radiology/radiation oncology profession and honors individuals who not only are considered leaders in their profession, but who also have had distinguished careers as mentors, teachers and public service.

Congratulations, Dr. Amorosa, on this well-deserved award!
State Proclamation on Transgender Awareness Presented at Latest Babs Siperstein Seminar
Gov. Phil Murphy's proclamation designating an annual Transgender Awareness Week in the state was presented at the Nov. 25 Babs Siperstein Humanities and Medicine Seminar. The seminar, sponsored in part by the medical school's Women's Health Institute, focuses on a variety of gender issues. The Nov. 25 seminar featured Jason E. Allen, principal and facilitator at xCHANGEs, who discussed "Negotiating Narratives: Reflective Dialogues."

Medical school faculty at the meeting included Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS, associate dean for women's health, director of the Women's Health Institute and professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences (seated, holding the proclamation); Juana Hutchinson-Colas, MD, MBA, associate professor and chief of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery; Alexandre Buckley De Meritens, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; Robert C. Like, MD, MS, professor and director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity; and Joseph B. Vella, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.
Babs Siperstein Seminar
Celebrating AIDET Skills and Patient Experience Successes
AIDET breakfast
AIDET thank you board
AIDET breakfast
More than 50 people attended the recent breakfast hosted by Mindy Rodden, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, director of quality, safety and patient experience, to thank faculty and staff for all they have done to help achieve our clinical patient experience "wins." The event, held on Nov. 22, also offered the opportunity to review the AIDET skills -- Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank You -- that have played a role in improved experiences for our patients and our colleagues.
Dr. Annibali Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatry
Christine Annibali, MD, PGY4 co-chief psychiatry resident and an alumna of the medical school (pictured second from left), received an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychiatry from the New Jersey Psychiatric Association last month at an event at the Pines Manor in Edison.

The award is designed to recognize members "whose efforts embody the objectives and mission of the Association." Specifically, it recognizes individuals who promote the science, art and practice of psychiatry, as well as maintain professional standards in the psychiatric specialty by educating the public and performing community service.

NJPA cited Dr. Annibali's dedication to academia and teaching, noting her recent development and implementation of the first global mental health psychiatry residency program and elective; contribution of several posters and abstracts about the intersection of pop culture, modern psychiatry and social media in the teaching of psychiatric medical students and residents; and her various leadership roles, including co-chair of the Psychiatry Curriculum Committee and Psychiatry Resident Wellness Committee, in addition to her co-chief resident role.

Congratulations, Dr. Annibali, on this achievement!
Anesthesiology Hosts Medical Students in Airway Workshop
The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine hosted members of the medical school's Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine interest groups for an airway workshop last month. The event, which was attended by more than 40 students, is one in a series, culminating with a medical student airway workshop at the Hyatt in April during the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiology annual meeting.
Pathology Residents Present Posters at Annual NJ Seminar
NJSP seminar 2019
On Nov. 23, residents from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine attended the 69th Annual Slide Seminar and Annual Meeting held by the New Jersey Society of Pathologists (NJSP) at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. Each year, NJSP members convene to discuss the current climate of the field by learning about new policies, best practices and new research findings. The event provided a stage for the residents to showcase their research through poster presentations.
Save the Date for Upcoming Events!
Chamber Music Promo
Join us next week in the Clinical Academic Building for the Friday, Dec. 13 , performance!
Medical Cannabis symposium header
Co-hosted by the medical school and the N.J. Department of Health, this symposium will explore current evidence-based science as it relates to medical cannabis and implications for clinical research, regulation and medical practice.

Wednesday, Dec. 18
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Palace at Somerset Park
Somerset, NJ
Continuing education credits are available.
Learn more in this flier or by visiting the event website at
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Upcoming CME and Grand Rounds
With just a few weeks remaining in the calendar year, I highlight the Division of (Adult) Cardiology's Grand Rounds on "The Association between Gout and Cardiovascular Disease Made More Crystal Clear," by Naomi Schlesinger, MD , professor of medicine. This Grand Rounds will be held on  Friday, Dec. 20 , from  8 a.m. - 9 a.m. in the Clinical Academic Building,  Room 1302 .

To view upcoming CME-accredited activities, please click here .

Paul F. Weber, MD, RPh, MBA, Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education
In the News

Patient Motivation for Presenting to Emergency Department for Vaginal Bleeding in Early Pregnancy -- Joshua Bucher, MD; Meigra Chin, MD; and Marisa Joel -- The American Journal of Emergency Medicine

The ABCs of Nutrient Deficiencies and Toxicities -- Kristin Capone, MD -- Pediatric Annals

$250K Grant Supports Exploration of Tumor Microenvironment in Lung Cancer -- "Jessie" Yanxiang Guo, PhD -- Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Patch

Chronic Opioids and Sleep: What Prescribers Need to Know -- R. Nisha Aurora, MD -- Medpage Today

Retrospective Analysis Identifies Need for Better Classification of Rare Lymphoma -- Kevin David, MD -- Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Annual Hospital CEO Roundtable: Innovations in Healthcare Delivery -- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Family Medicine Residency Program) -- Commerce magazine

Area medical students convene at CMSRU to address racism and inequity in health care -- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School -- Rowan University Today

Life of a Wound: Serial Documentation of Wound Healing After Shave Removal Using Reflectance Confocal Microscopy -- Radhika Srivastava, BA; Catherine Reilly, BS; Gina Francisco, MBS; Hamza Bhatti, DO; and Babar K. Rao, MD -- JDD
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