May 22, 2020

The latest news and updates from Interim Dean Robert L. Johnson!
Class of 2020 Graduates During Virtual Ceremony
Congratulations to the 160 new physicians who graduated on Monday as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Class of 2020 Convocation ! Held during a virtual event on Rutgers iTV Livestream platform, the class was honored by Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP, interim dean, and Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH , chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Darrell   G. Kirch, MD, president emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges, gave the keynote address, which was followed by Vijay Putatunda , the student class president, who gave the student address. The assistant deans for students affairs: Sonia Garcia Laumbach, MD ; Daniel J. Mehan, Jr., PhD , and Janice Cato Varlack, MD , each gave congratulatory remarks before Carol A. Terregino, MD , senior associate dean for education and academic affairs, conferred degrees by reading each graduate's name. Colleen Donovan, MD , assistant professor of emergency medicine, led the Class of 2020 in reading the Hippocratic Oath.

The ceremony in its entirety can be viewed online. It includes a photo montage of the class' memories, a special thank you to faculty and residents from the Class of 2020, the virtual Convocation and a presentation of student awards. Images of the students celebrating their graduation can viewed here or by clicking the video above.
2019-2020 End of Year Awards
Correction: Honoring the Class of 2020 Distinction Graduates
The medical school's prestigious and rigorous Distinction Programs support and recognize students who have shown exceptional involvement, accomplishment and scholarship in specialized areas in medicine.

The following is a corrected list from last week's email. Congratulations to this year's recipients:

Distinction in Research: Salvatore Aspromonte; Divya Hoon; Shiri Nawrocki; Russell Pepe; and Alexa Semonche
Distinction in Service to the Community: Emily Fennell; Anne Levine; Anya McDermott; Megha Patel
and Rebecca Temkin
Distinction in Medical Education: Survandita Dhawan, Anoushka Dua and Morgan Dunn
Distinction in Medical Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Tessie Allan; Aviv Alter; David Goldrich; Evan Gui; Daniel Haddad; Eric Heckelmann; Gregg Khodorov; Donald Langan, Jr.; Benjamin Lichtbroun; Eve Rosenheck; and Julia Tartaglia 
Distinction in Global Health: Zachary Berlant; Kalyani Dhar; Fernando Ferrera; Elizabeth Ginalis; Ankita Gore; Nupur Gulati; Girija Hariharan; and Faizanahmed Munshi
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Graduate Awardees!
Student Leadership Award
Presented on the basis of outstanding leadership to the student body throughout medical school; selected by a special faculty committee.
Vijay Putatunda

Community Service Award
Presented on the basis of outstanding service to the medical school or the community-at-large;
selected by a special faculty committee.
Marielle S. Daclan Paul A. Lavadera Stephani Eunjung Oh
The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Excellence
in Emergency Medicine Award 
Anya Simone McDermott

The Outstanding Achievement in the MD/PhD Program
Stephanie Eunjung Oh
Alumni Award
Awarded to the student who best demonstrates the high ideals of the medical profession, maintains the highest standards of personal integrity, and has made a significant contribution to the medical school class; selected by their fellow classmates.
Vijay Putatunda
Stanley S. Bergen Jr., MD, Medal of Excellence 
Presented to the student who best exemplifies academic excellence.
Dustin Tyler Crystal

The Bruce Fisher Award
Presented in recognition of academic achievement and compassionate patient care.
Nicole Terwilliger Borglum

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Presented on the basis of humanism and compassion in the delivery of medical care;
selected by the faculty and the students.
Paul A. Lavadera 

Academic Excellence Awards:
Anesthesiology
Tessie Leigh Allan

Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Avital Meiri

Disease and Therapeutics I
David Lawrence Richards

Disease and Therapeutics II
Anoushka Dua

Emergency Medicine
Erica Concors

Family Medicine
Rebecca Leigh Temkin

Foundations of Medicine
Nicole Terwilliger Borglum

Internal Medicine
Robert Huber Gaffey

Mechanisms of Disease and Defense
David Lawrence Richards

Neurology
Bryan M. Green

Neuron, Brain and Behavior
Pavan Prakash Shah

Obstetrics, Gynecology and 
Reproductive Sciences 
Danielle Cohen Glassman

Pediatrics
Ryan Matthew O’Sullivan

Primary Care Medicine
Nupur V. Gulati

Psychiatry
Lauren Rae Nagy

Surgery
Leanne Marie Brown

Faculty and Resident Awards:
Dr. Lin Inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society
Congratulations to Karen Wei-Ru Lin, MD, MS , professor of family medicine and community health, who is the only faculty member inducted this year to the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).

Dr. Lin joins 27 medical students inducted into GHHS this academic year, who were announced in the April 17 issue of Weekly View .

Congratulations to all for earning this impressive achievement!
Honoring Class of 2020 Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty and Resident Inductees
Congratulations to residents and faculty members who were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society along with the 27 medical students announced in last Friday's Weekly View . Election of medical students, residents and faculty to AΩA is a lifelong honor signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism and service. 
Alumni Inductees: 
Dr. Payal Parikh
Dr. Melissa Weidner

Faculty Inductees:
Dr. Roger Cheng
Dr. Elizabeth Goodman
Dr. Marc Lafonte
Dr. Lakshmi Moorthy
Volunteer Clinical Faculty Awardee:
Dr. Robert Massaro

Resident Inductees
Dr. Benjamin Bates
Dr. Kevin Kohm
Dr. Noah Mahpour
Dr. Ashley Newman
Dr. Daniel Nguyen
New Jersey Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Awards:
Excellence in Research Award
Nancy Woychik, PhD
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Excellence in Teaching Award 
Siobhan Corbett, MD 
Associate Professor, Surgery
Awards Presented to the Faculty from the Class of 2020:
The Class of 2020 is pleased to recognize the following faculty members with a Teaching Award. These awards are voted on by the class and have been traditionally given to recipients at the annual Graduation Banquet.

Clinical faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Goodman; Dr. Colleen Donovan; and Dr. Larissa Patti
Preclinical faculty: Dr. Siobhan Corbett; Dr. George Mulheron; and Dr. Robert Zachow

Congratulations!
Dr. Siddiqui Named Assistant Dean of Safety, Quality and Clinical Affairs
Dr. Sheraz Siddiqui
Sheraz Siddiqui, MD , associate professor of family medicine and community health, has been appointed assistant dean of safety, quality and clinical affairs. Dr. Siddiqui has served as the division chief for hospital medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health for the past five years, and during that time has substantially grown the service at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He has also successfully collaborated with multiple specialties and services and decreased hospital length of stay.

In his new role, Dr. Siddiqui will work closely with the senior associate dean of safety, quality and clinical affairs on a broad range of internal and external activities related to the clinical mission of the school. His role focuses on planning, developing, directing and improving patient care coordination across the continuum of care.

Dr. Siddiqui has also been appointed to serve as chief for the hospitalist medicine service at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and working with hospital leadership will develop and direct Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's hospitalist services. He will be responsible for coordinating, and improving care delivery of the inpatient hospitalist service, and post discharge care coordination. Dr. Siddiqui will work closely with the departments of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and the community to develop systems of care that integrate hospitalist services to maximize efficiency and improve the safety and quality of patient care. Dr. Siddique assumed his new role prior to the healthcare crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, and has worked diligently during this time with the hospitalist teams covering COVID-positive patients.

Please join in congratulating Dr. Siddique in his new role!
Nominate a Healthcare Hero
You are invited to  nominate a member of the medical school community  as a Health Care Hero. To submit a nomination, complete a survey  here .

Congratulations to this week’s heroes:

From l-r:   Fredric E. Wondisford, MD ; chair of medicine;  Shelley Dolitsky, MD , resident of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences;  Todd Rosen, MD , a ssociate  professor   of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences;  Ami Patel, DO , resident of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine; and  Claire Philipp, MD,  professor of medicine.
HIPHOP Partners with Archangel Raphael's Mission to Provide Handwashing Stations
On Mother’s Day, faculty, staff and students who volunteer through the Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Program (HIPHOP) joined Archangel Raphael’s Mission, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Ethnos New Brunswick, the United Methodist Church at New Brunswick and American Reentry Initiative to launch the state's first mobile handwashing station. Located in front of the United Methodist Church on George Street the location provides hygiene access through the mobile hand-washing stations, care packages, health education, free masks and more. The coalition was brought together in response to the public health implications of city-wide closures.

Susan Giordano, HIPHOP program director; Meagan Hawes, HIPHOP-Promise Clinic student leader; and Karen Wei-Ru Lin, MD, MS, professor of family medicine and community health, staffed the kick-off of the program.

Read the full news release here.
A Must-Read: Dr. Brazeau Speaks with the New York Times about Physician Wellness During Times of Crisis
Read this New York Times article in which Chantal Brazeau, MD, assistant dean for faculty vitality, discusses the " Check You, Check Two” initiative, urging faculty and staff to attend to their own mental health needs and touch base with two colleagues daily.
Social Media Post of the Week
Class of 2020 graduate Oladeji Odewade was profiled in the university's Meet the Class of 2020 series for his efforts as a mentor and member of HIPHOP-Promise Clinic. Click the image below to learn more about his plans as he begins his career as a physician.

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In the News
COVID-19 absolutely affects children, pediatricians warn  -- Mark Douglass Baker, MD ; Lawrence Kleinman, MD, MPH ; and Sally Radovick, MD -- nj.com



-- Nasir Ahmad, MD -- app.com


-- Foluso Fakorede, MD , alumnus -- c larionledger.com, propublica.com , and others


PMIS: The COVID-19-Linked Syndrome Affecting Children -- Steven Horwitz, MD -- healthline.com , and others


The girl who died twice -- Jennifer Owensby, MD -- washingtonpost.com , and others
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