March 9, 2018
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Successful LCME Site Visit
Surveyors from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which is the accrediting body for education programs for medical degrees in the United States, were on campus March 4-7 for an official site visit.

Our preliminary report from the site visit team was very positive. The team praised our school and the faculty, staff, students and residents who worked tirelessly preparing for the visit. I congratulate Carol A. Terregino, MD , senior associate dean for education, for her excellent leadership preparing for the visit, and Linda Tillman , program administrator in the Office of Educati on, and Liesel Copeland, PhD , director of admissions and medical education, site visit coordinators.

I am deeply grateful for everyone's efforts and very proud to be your dean.  Final results from the LCME will be shared in the next few weeks.

Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc
Distinguished Professor and Dean
Rutgers Health Recognizes National Patient Safety Awareness Week
National Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 11-17 . It is the perfect opportunity for Rutgers Health to remind everyone of our dedication to the provision of safe patient care. A culture of safety and quality is what we strive to provide each and every day for our patients and our team. We are pleased to partner with our colleagues at RWJBarnabas Health on this journey, and during the week of March 11, we will join them in observing the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Patient Safety Awareness Week, with the theme of “Every Day is Patient Safety Day.”
Here are a few ways in which you can help:

  • Download and display this flier in your area.
  • Share successful programs that you have implemented in your department to improve safety and quality for possible replication across the system.
  • Identify areas for improvement to your safety and quality leader.

Safe patient care is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you for your dedication to our patients each and every day.

Vicki L. Craig, MD, FCCM, CPHQ
Director, Safety and Quality
Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Vicente H. Gracias MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM
President and Chair of the Board, Rutgers Health Group
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers University
Don't Forget to Buy Your Gala Ticket!
Taking place on Saturday, April 7, at The Heldrich, the 8th Annual Scholarship Gala is an opportunity to support students while celebrating the achievements of the medical school and honorees. Gloria A. Bachmann, MD , professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; director, Women's Health Institute; and associate dean for women's health, will receive the Meritorious Service Award.
To purchase your ticket,  click here . Unable to attend? You can still show your support for our students by making a donation  -- which will be matched 1:1 by Chancellor Strom's Scholarship Challenge and 2:1 for new donors and faculty alumni. 
Drs. Azuine and Nosher Receive Award for Lowering Textbook Costs
Rutgers University Libraries has concluded the second year of the Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program and reports that the 2017 awards will lower textbook costs for an estimated 3,474 Rutgers students and provide an estimated savings of $565,989. The OAT Program has, in its first two years, saved an estimated 11,387 students more than $2.1 million!
Congratulations to  Uchechi Azbuine, MD , instructor of pediatrics, and  John Nosher, MD , clinical professor of radiology, on their selection for OAT Program Awards. Their innovative plans include the creation of app-based exam prep materials for pediatric students and the development of content on a platform that is built to accommodate rapid advances in radiology technology. Together, their projects helped an estimated 160 students and provided an estimated savings of $16,104.

To learn more about the OAT Program, click  here.
Alumni Mentor Students at Career Night
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association hosted its 30th Annual Career Night on Tuesday, March 6. Nearly 50 alumni attended the event, representing 25 specialties. Attendees included the senior director of Healthcare Quality Strategy at Johnson & Johnson, a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania and a regular on the Dr. Oz Show, among others. Clifton Lacy, MD , distinguished professor of professional practice, Rutgers School of Communication and Information; clinical professor of medicine; and director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, one of the founding members of Career Night, shared its history and the importance of the relationship between alumni and students.

During Career Night, students networked with alumni and learned about different career paths and specialties in medicine. Many alumni signed up for the mentorship database and will continue to help students navigate their medical careers throughout the year.
Child Health Institute Collaborates to Create NJ Healthy Kids Initiative
The  New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health   (IFNH) has been awarded a $3 million, three-year grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between IFNH and the  Child Health Institute of New Jersey  that will focus on improving the health of New Jersey children.   

“Translating the best science from the laboratory to children, families and communities is our ultimate goal,” said Arnold B. Rabson, MD , the Laura Gallagher Endowed Chair of Developmental Biology and director of the Child Health Institute. The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative will focus its work at the interdisciplinary epicenter of medicine, nutrition, culinary arts, physical activity, lifestyle management and early education.

Read more at Rutgers Today.
Dr. Rashid Participates on National Task Force
Hanin Rashid, PhD , assistant professor of psychiatry, has been named to the i naugural Task Force on Physician Wellness at the National Board of Medical Examiners titled "Re-examining Exams: NBME Effort on Wellness ."  The primary objective of the task force is to convene a summit of leaders in the fiel d to develop and execute a research agenda that will lead to interventions that promote wellness and mitigate burnout around high-stakes such as USLME.
Dr. Coromilas Joins AHA Research Network
James Coromilas, MD , professor of medicine, has been selected as a member of the American Heart Association's Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) AFib peer review committee.

The SFRN will provide a mechanism to understand the causes, biology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of AFib and to develop more effective ways to prevent and treat it and improve patient outcomes.
Video of the Week:
The Library of Science and Medicine hosted an open house for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in February to showcase planned renovations for a library space dedicated to meeting the unique needs of health sciences students. View a video from the open house here .
Save the Date for the Stahl Lecture on May 1
Save the date for the Annual Mates David and Hinna Stahl Memorial Lecture in Bioethics on May 1 at 4 p.m., at the Clinical Academic Building, conference room 1302. Joseph F. Fennelly, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, and immediate past chair, Bioethics Committee of the Medical Society of New Jersey, will discuss "Caring for Patients with Life-Threatening Illness: Past, Present and Future."
Save the Date for the Annual Bring Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 26 . Taking place in Piscataway and New Brunswick, the event enables faculty and staff to bring their children, ages 7-17, to work. Be on the lookout for registration and information on activities.
Coinciding with National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health will address “Today’s Special: Indulge in the Alphabet Soup and Swiss Cheese Model of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety" during its Grand Rounds. In addition, with this week's storm cancelling many educational events, be sure to check for their rescheduling. These updates will be noted in the weekly listings.  

Click here to view all upcoming CME activities.

-- Paul Weber, MD, RPh, MBA , associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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