March 20, 2020
The latest news and updates from Interim Dean Robert L. Johnson!
COVID-19 Alerts and Information
This has been a challenging week as we have moved educational programming online, reduced our non-essential patient visits, and begun working remotely, where possible. We know the stress of our faculty, staff and students is heightened with managing the change in our working environments along with that in our homes, where we must care for our families and ensure the continuity of education for children. We expect this fluid situation to continue for awhile and want to assure all members of our medical school community that we are in this together.

We are very proud of the dedication of our health care teams, all modeling what it means to be true health professionals; to our students who have offered to help our providers with non-clinical needs; and to our staff who are navigating responsibilities both remotely and in the office.

Messages important to medical school community members continue to be posted to a school-specific information page, which may be found here or from the medical school's home page. Please check this page often for updates on clinical guidelines, educational activities, and school and university announcements.

Finally, it is with much regret that we must cancel all events through the end of May, per Dr. Barchi's email of March 17, including the graduation banquet and Convocation. It is a sad reality that we will be unable to join together in celebration of our fourth-year students' achievements in earning their medical degrees. To the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Class of 2020, know that we are proud of you and are all truly disappointed that your completion of educational training with us will not commence in the celebratory manner so deserved.
Information and Employee Health Reminders For Clinical Employees
Staff and Faculty Testing
We want to reiterate the testing criteria for patient facing faculty and staff:
 
·       You have fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of respiratory infection 
 
and
 
·     You have potential exposure to patients with COVID-19 because of patient care, travel, or contact with a suspected or known COVID-19 patient.
Do not go to employee health on CAB 5. Please call to be screened and for testing. 
All testing will be done by appointment only. 

Please call Employee Health Services in the Department of Medicine in New Brunswick (732-235-6559) to arrange for testing.

Frequently asked questions regarding coronavirus for faculty and staff may be found  here . The RWJMS information blog may be found  here . You may also access this information on the  RWJMS homepage .
Thank you all for your ongoing dedication!
Telehealth Program Information for Clinical Faculty and Staff
A policy and detailed instructions for implementing the program are in the links above. Because this was developed very quickly, the initial communication should be considered a work in progress. We will send out frequent revisions to both documents as we refine the process. 
 
Because of the short time-frame, some aspects have not been worked out yet. One is training and support. The system we are using, doxy.me, is very simple to set up and use, but we understand that people will have questions about it. We’ll send out details of the support arrangements as soon as possible. We will continue to refine the details of the signup and implementation process, particularly the workflow around scheduling as we get more experience with the platform. 
 
We are sending this out, even though it is not “perfect,” because we know our providers are anxious to begin meeting the needs of their patients immediately. We will continue to refine the process continually over the coming days and weeks. 
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on Match Day!
It was a year without the excited tearing of envelopes and massive crowd of classmates, friends and family, but regardless of the challenging times, the excitement surrounding this year’s Match Day results was undimmed. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School held an alternate, online event that enabled students, faculty and staff—as well as family and friends—to share their joy and “get virtual hugs” of congratulations on their matches.

Carol A. Terregino, MD, senior associate dean of education and academic affairs, lead the video conference celebration with congratulatory remarks. She was joined by the assistant and associate deans in education and student affairs, who also expressed their pride and congratulations to the impending graduates.

“This day represents all our students have worked so hard for during their years of medical school, and it’s gratifying to be able to celebrate with them and recognize their success, regardless of the venue in which that celebration occurs,” said Dr. Robert L. Johnson , interim dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “I am confident that the medical education foundation they have received will help them succeed in whatever specialty they choose.”

Ninety-six percent of the 160 graduating seniors participating in the various Match processes matched to a residency program, continuing the medical school’s history of excellent Match Rates.

Of those students, one-quarter matched to a New Jersey-based program, 11 percent of whom will continue their residency training at a program based at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Approximately two out of five students who matched (43 percent) will be pursuing a primary care field (i.e., internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine or obstetrics/gynecology). Of the nearly two dozen specialties in which the students matched, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery and neurological surgery were among the most popular.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 (pictured above during their orientation week in August 2105) on this outstanding achievement! Read more about our students Match results here . See what programs our medical students matched to here .

Dr. Terregino welcomes the Class of 2020
to its virtual Match Day!
Kristina Kelvy announces to the class that she Matched to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in NY for Family Medicine.
Click the image to see the clip!
Dr. Weinstein Contributes to Study Recommending New Breakpoints for Complicated Infections
Melvin P. Weinstein, MD , emeritus professor of medicine and of pathology and laboratory medicine, contributed to a study published earlier this month that established recommendations for new breakpoints in the use of daptomycin, an antibiotic used for complicated, "superbug" infections caused by the bacteria enterococci. According to the study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases , clinical data indicated that the pre-2019 breakpoint standards of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) were no longer appropriate. After a comprehensive review of data, which is outlined in the study, a consensus was reached by the CLSI Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing to establish specific susceptibility breakpoints.
Vitamin D Boosts Chances of Walking After Hip Fracture
Senior citizens who are not vitamin D deficient have a better chance of walking after hip fracture surgery, according to a Rutgers-led study.

The findings in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  suggest that vitamin D deficiency could limit mobility in older adults, said senior author  Sue Shapses , PhD, RD , a professor in the  Department of Nutritional Sciences  at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences   at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine at  Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School .

Dr. Shapses suggests that older adults take 800 international units (IU), equivalent to 20 micrograms, of vitamin D daily to prevent deficiency. Vitamin D is important for bone health, and people get it through some foods, exposure to the sun and vitamin pills. 

Co-authors of the study from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School include  Jeffrey L. Carson, MD , provost, New Brunswick,  Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences   and Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Richard C. Reynolds M.D. Chair in General Internal Medicine; and Helaine Noveck, MPH , deputy director, clinical coordinating center in the Department of Medicine, among others from Rutgers.

Read the full article on Rutgers Today .
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In the News

Vitamin D increases chances of regaining mobility after hip fracture -- Sue Shapses, PhD, RD, and Jeffrey Carson, MD -- futurity.org , among others

US News ranks Rutgers best business school in New Jersey -- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School -- njbiz.com and roi-nj.com

Coronavirus vs. the flu: What's the Same and What's Different -- Patricia Whitley-Williams, MD -- Beach Haven Times

Taking a close look at who is the most at risk for the coronavirus -- Andrew Evens, DO, and Patricia Whitley-Williams, MD -- Gloucester County Times
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