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Sept. 23, 2022

The latest news and updates from Dean Amy P. Murtha, MD!
Medical Student Selected to Present at the Women in Medicine Symposium
First-year medical student Riya Patel was invited to present an abstract titled “Presenting Options for Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy in Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer: A Case Report" at the fourth annual Women in Medicine Summit.

The two-day summit, held last week in Chicago, is an opportunity for health care professionals and researchers from across the country to collectively identify barriers women in medicine face and create action plans that can be executed at both the local and national level.

Congratulations, Riya, on being selected to participate in such an empowering event!
First Lady Tammy Murphy Visits Dean Murtha to Discuss the Future of Maternal Health and Safety
New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy visited the medical school on Thursday to meet with Dean Amy Murtha, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom to discuss advancing partnership initiatives to improve maternal health outcomes.

The medical school has proudly worked with the state in an effort to raise awareness about maternal health and safety, including recognizing the inaugural Maternal Health Awareness Day in 2017, along with the Tara Hansen Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and interprofessional organizations. Mrs. Murphy spoke at the school's Maternal Health Awareness Day in 2018 and the following year founded NurtureNJ, a statewide awareness campaign committed to reducing maternal and infant mortality and ensuring equitable care among women and children of all races and ethnicities.

Dr. Murtha was drawn to the medical school in-part for its efforts to improve maternal health and looks forward to lending her expertise to educational programs in partnership with the First Lady.
Susan Giordano Honored by Boy Scouts of America Council
Susan Giordano, program director of the Homeless & Indigent Population Health Outreach Project (HIPHOP) and co-director of the Distinction In Service to the Community (DISC) program, was one of six women honored this week by the Boy Scouts of America’s Patriots' Path Council at its annual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison.

The annual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon honors outstanding women who serve as exemplary role models for the youth of our area through their vocations or avocations and who live their lives according to the ideas of the Scout Oath and Law.

“Few deserve this honor more than Susan,” said Eric Jahn, senior associate dean for community health. “The award appropriately reflects the dedication Susan has to empowering our communities and is reward for the endless hours she has devoted to serving our community members, students, faculty and staff.”

Congratulations, Susan, on this well-deserved honor! Read more here.
Neuroscience Student Receives Prestigious Grant from National Institutes of Health
Congratulations to Courtney McDermott, PhD candidate in the lab of Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD, professor of neuroscience and cell biology and pediatrics, for receiving the F99/K00 Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Courtney, who is a first-generation college graduate, also is the first Robert Wood Johnson Medical School neuroscience student to receive the F99/K00 grant and one of only a few to ever receive the award at the medical school.

"The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology are extremely proud of Courtney’s accomplishments. She first came to Rutgers as a participant in our Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NeuroSURP) and then was accepted into our PhD program. For us to see Courtney grow into an independent scientist who has received one of the most prestigious fellowships for graduate students is very exciting," said Janet Alder, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology at the medical school, and assistant dean for graduate academic and student affairs at SGS.

Congratulations again, Courtney, for receiving this impressive award!
Women Making an Impact
In celebration of Women in Medicine month, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is paying tribute by spotlighting stories about women who have made an impact in the field both personally and professionally.

Gloria A. Bachmann, MD, MMS, FACOG, shared her story, "Dr. Helen Dickens: A Reproductive Health Care Trailblazer and My Mentor," about the woman who shaped her career in reproductive medicine.

Dr. Dickens was a Black woman obstetrician–gynecologist who became an ACOG Fellow on May 1, 1953, a time when there were few women in the specialty, Dr. Bachmann notes. Dr. Dickens was a trailblazer not only for the obstetrics and gynecology specialty but also for encouraging women through the example she set by pursuing this specialty.

Read the complete letter, along with other inspirational stories, on ACOG's website.
Sign Up Today! Flu Immunizations Available by Appointment
The flu vaccine is available in person at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School by appointment. 

 If you are obtaining a flu shot in-person:  
• you MUST complete the survey below to obtain an appointment time, and  
• you MUST download the consent form, complete your portion and bring it with you to your appointment. Forms will be completed and retained by the technician. 

Flu vaccines are available during the following dates and times, by appointment. 
Sept. 29, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CAB 3404
Oct. 11, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CAB 1302
Oct. 19, 2022
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CAB 1302
If you receive your flu shot outside of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, please upload your results to Return to Rutgers Influenza Vaccinations website.

Visit the flu website for additional information and to download forms
Martha A. Lansing Inaugural Annual Lectureship
Martha A. Lansing, MD, served as associate professor and vice chair of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. After Dr. Lansing's passing in 2021, the department, in collaboration with her family, established the Martha A. Lansing Annual Lectureship to continue her professional mission and honor her legacy. Read more here.

You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural hybrid lecture of this series on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m., followed by an in-person reception at 10 a.m.
"Assessing the Future"
Presented by
Peter J. Katsufrakis, MD, MBA
President and CEO
National Board of Medical Examiners
To join us in person, registration in advance is required here by Sept. 28.
Family Medicine and Community Health
303 George Street, Matrix Plaza 1
Sixth Floor
New Brunswick
To join us via Webinar, registration in advance is required here.

Please email Jennifer Hemler, PhD, for more information.
Smile! Faculty and Staff Photo Sessions Are Coming Up
We are offering two free professional head-shot sessions in October! Please make every effort to attend on one of these dates. Complimentary photos will not be offered again until Spring 2023.

Masks are mandatory but may be removed for photos.
Piscataway Campus
Thursday, Oct. 6
8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The Great Hall
675 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ

No appointments.
New Brunswick Campus
Tuesday, Oct. 11
8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Medical Education Building (MEB) Lobby
One Robert Wood Johnson Place 
New Brunswick, NJ
Digital copies of the photos are available upon request from the Department of Communications and Public Affairs approximately one week after your sitting.
Medical School Hosts Active Shooter Training
Active shooter training is essential in helping you determine the best plan of action in an active shooter situation or emergency. It is strongly recommended that everyone enroll in one of these training sessions, because it could help save your life and others around you. The training helps individuals evaluate their surroundings and any measures you need to consider in an active shooter situation or another emergency.

Limited space is available. Please click on the dates and times below to complete the required registration.
1 Worlds Fair Drive, Somerset

1 Worlds Fair Drive, Somerset

Child Health Institute of
New Jersey
89 French Street,
New Brunswick

For more information, contact Lucija Milicevic.
Upcoming CME
For next week, I highlight the following Grand Rounds:

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is hosting on Friday, Sept. 30, from 8 - 9 a.m.Sangeeta Lamba, MD, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences' vice chancellor for diversity, who will speak on "Inclusive Leadership: The Time is Now." For virtual details, please contact Beth Dillon or Cande Ananth.

Please again note for your convenience and flexibility the increasing number of hybrid and in person options for Grand Rounds in this academic year to complement virtual platforms.

Feel free also to send me programs that you would like featured with as much notice as possible.

Best wishes,

Paul F. Weber, MD, RPh, MBA, associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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In the News
'Staggering' and 'sobering': More than 80% of US maternal deaths are preventable, CDC study shows -- Charletta Ayers, MD, MPH -- USA Today, Minority News Network, Yahoo Sports, and more

When Should You Start Getting Your Cholesterol Levels Tested? -- Alfred Tallia, MD, MPH -- VeryWell Health

Doctors Need Help to Advise on Family Planning in Transgender Men -- Juana Hutchinson-Colas, MD -- Medscape and Futurity

Lower-Income Patients with Heart Pumps More Likely Hospitalized -- Soko Setoguchi, MD, DrPH -- Patch and Medicalxpress

Rutgers, TAU researchers to receive $200,000 in seed grants -- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School -- NJBIZ

If You Feel This, You Have "too High Cholesterol" — Eat This Not That -- John B. Kostis, MD -- Healthy Duck and Eat This
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