May 6, 2022

The latest news and updates from Interim Dean Robert L. Johnson!
Join Us in Honoring Our Nurses During Nurses Week!
At the start of National Nurses Week, let's take a moment to recognize our nurses at Rutgers Health and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and all they do every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients, community and colleagues.
May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to focus on ending the stigma and continuing to educate our community about this medical condition that affects millions of Americans every year. 
Following two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. Rutgers has developed a guide with links to support services, tools and a variety of programs designed to help support you throughout these challenges. 
A list of available resources for faculty and staff can be found here and resources for students here

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call the NJ Hopeline at 1-855-654-6735, New Jersey's 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline. Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
Dr. Bachmann Earns 'Best' Honor
Congratulations to Gloria Bachmann, MMS, MD, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and founding director, Women's Health Institute, who was a finalist on's recent Best of the Best list for OB/GYN!

View the list here.
Study Shows Modified Cardiac Rehab Can Reduce the Chances of Death for Stroke Survivors
Survivors of serious stroke can reduce their chances of dying within the year by 76 percent if they complete a modified cardiac rehabilitation program that includes medically supervised exercise, prescribed therapy, and physician follow-up, according to new research published in the Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases. The findings have the potential to change the future of stroke care.

The study is the latest research from the ongoing Stroke-HEARTTM Trials, led by co-principal investigators Sara Cuccurullo, MD, (left) clinical professor and chair, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and alumna Talya Fleming, MD, clinical assistant professor, physical medicine and rehabilitation, who worked in conjunction with faculty and staff in the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey.

The study shows that participants in the JFK Johnson Stroke Recovery Program (SRP) also significantly improved exercise capacity, mobility, self-care, and cognition.

“After a stroke, sometimes family members are cautious. ‘Don’t get up, you might fall.’ Many caregivers of stroke survivors discourage stroke patients from being active and mobile,” said Dr. Cuccurullo, who also is medical director of Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. “But we are showing that even survivors of serious stroke can exercise safely in a supervised program — and they can benefit enormously.”

This article was reprinted in-part from a news release by Elsevier, which publishes the journal. Read the full announcement and details about the study here.
Virtual Lung Nodule Clinic Guides Patients in Next Steps
A new Rutgers Health program is available for individuals who have received a chest CT scan that shows an abnormality, offering peace of mind and assistance in navigating possible treatments. 
Led by John Langenfeld, MD, associate professor and chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, and co-director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Virtual Lung Nodule Clinic is a joint program of Rutgers Cancer Institute and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. 
The clinic offers: 
* Virtual appointments with lung disease specialists within the next business day 
* Specialists to review findings and develop a care plan 
* Referrals to appropriate specialists, if needed 
Additional information and appointments are available by calling 732-235-6097. 
Residents Practice Difficult Emergency Technique During Simulation Training
The Departments of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery collaborate on educational training activities focused on effective communication, how to deal with stressful situations, treatment of emergencies, and practice-based simulations.

Recently, residents from the departments jointly conducted a simulation to practice difficult airway management performed in emergency situations. During the simulation training, the residents identified anatomical landmarks and practiced endotracheal intubation through a surgical incision. Most often, intubation is performed through the mouth, but according to Sagar Mungekar, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, in certain cases when the typical procedure is not possible, a breathing tube is inserted through an incision, a situation that is difficult to practice during an actual event.
The following article includes discussion and images about sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and physical violence. This content may be difficult for some readers.
Student Installation Educates During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Students in HIPHOP - Community Health Initiative hosted and participated in Denim Day on April 25 to raise awareness about sexual violence in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April. This annual campaign began in 1999 in response to a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans, so she must have "helped" her rapist remove her jeans.
To help educate the medical school community, the students coordinated a What Were You Wearing? installation that displayed stories from survivors of assault, along with clothing that represented what they were wearing at the time the violence occurred.
Rutgers Day Returns!
The last Saturday in April welcomed the community to campus for the first in-person Rutgers Day since 2019. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School featured 12 programs as part of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Health Village, which for the first time, brought all of the health programs together onto Busch Campus.

A sunny, warm day allowed for a large crowd to enjoy trivia games, stuffed animal check-ups, and hands-on CPR training. Our programs also provided information on prosthetics, COVID-19, the microbiome, pathology and medicine, HIV and AIDS, and neuroscience and the brain. In conjunction with our partners at RWJBarnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, visitors were able to try robotic surgery
using the DaVinci surgical system.

Enjoy these memories from Rutgers Day or visit us on Facebook and Instagram.
Register Now for a Candid Conversation on COVID-19 Vaccines in Pediatrics and Young Adults
Join us on May 12 from 6:30 - 8 p.m., for a webinar that will answer key questions about COVID-19 vaccinations in children and young adults, including:

• Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
• What are the side effects?
• Why should my child get the vaccine?
• How will the vaccine interact with my child’s chronic illness?
• Whom can I trust with correct information?

In addition, a panel of renowned Robert Wood Johnson Medical School pediatric specialists will share first-hand knowledge and experiences, and participate in a live Q&A session.

A breakout session for Spanish-speaking families will be provided, as well as a session for health care providers that will offer information on vaccine hesitancy, public health resources, and best practices to effectively deliver COVID-19 vaccine information to patients and families.

Register and view the complete list of speakers.
Project ECHO Partners with the CDC on a New Infection Prevention Training Series
Project ECHO is sponsoring a new infection prevention training series designed to share the most current information on the latest topics to keep you and your clients safe by providing engaging, innovative, and effective infection control training for millions of frontline U.S. health care workers, as well as members of the public health workforce. Topics include:
  • Coping with healthcare worker burnout and stress
  • Recognizing the risks of germ reservoirs
  • Dealing with health care-associated infections
  • The public health role in infection control and prevention

View the complete training schedule and register. For more details, read the information flier here.
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Upcoming CME and Grand Rounds
The Department of Medicine's Division of Cardiovascular Disease will hold its next Grand Rounds titled “Advanced Imaging and Structural Heart Disease” on Monday, May 9, from 5 - 6 p.m. via Zoom, meeting ID: 960 2334 5627, password: 172916. The session will be delivered by Yasmin Hamirani, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, associate director, Structural Heart Imaging, Heart and Vascular Institute, West Virginia UniversityFor further virtual access and more details, please contact Andrea Bernard or Purvi Patel.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health will hold its next Grand Rounds, "HPV-related Cancers Among Males" by Jeanne Ferrante, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine and community health, on Tuesday, May 10, from 8 - 9 a.m.. Please contact Dorna Edwards for Zoom information or more details.

The Department of Pediatrics' Grand Rounds will feature its "2022 Annual Pediatrics Research Day" on Wednesday, May 11, from 8 - 9 a.m. via a hybrid option; in-person will be held in Room 3101 at the Child Health Institute. Please contact Maricel Quinones for Zoom information and further details.

The Department of Medicine's Grand Rounds will hold its annual Pinals Lecture on "The Professional Development of the Empathic Self: Reflection, Dialogue and the Possibilities of Care," featuring Arno K. Kumagai, MD, professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine, F.M. Hill Chair for Humanism Education, Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto, on Wednesday, May 11, from 8 - 9 a.m. Please contact Dawn Dunn for Zoom information and further details.

The Department of Surgery, Division of Urology's Grand Rounds will present "Innovation in Healthcare -- The Problems, Solutions and Everything In Between," by second-year resident and alumnus Benjamin Lichtbroun, MD, on Wednesday, May 11, from 7 - 8 a.m. on Zoom. Join by SIP; meeting ID: 912 1470 4138 and password: 602074.

Rutgers Health GME Grand Rounds Series will continue on Thursday, May 12, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. with “A Physician Educator's Lens into Understanding Current Trends to Chart Our Future” by Paul F. Weber, MD, RPh, MBA. For further details, please contact Jaclyn Manzo.

Looking ahead:

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science's Grand Rounds on "Information Technology in the Outpatient Gynecology Clinic to Identify Patients Unknowingly Carrying Cancer-Causing Genetic Mutations" will be held on Friday, May 27 from 8 - 9 a.m. It will be presented by Melissa Frey, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine. For further virtual access and more details, please contact Beth Dillon or Cande V. Ananth, PhD, MPH.

Best wishes,

Paul F. Weber, MD, RPh, MBA, associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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Study: Prediabetes Can Progress in Just One Year -- Christoph Buettner, MD, PhD -- Verywell Health

7 razones por las que sigues teniendo hipo y cómo deshacerte de este molesto problema (7 reasons why you keep getting hiccups and how to get rid of this annoying problem) -- Karen Wei-ru Lin, MD, MS -- Business Insider España

Medical Humanities: A Pathway to Patient-Centered Care -- Jennifer Geller, medical student -- In-Training
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