March 8, 2019
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Liesel Copeland Named Assistant Dean
H. Liesel Copeland, PhD , has been appointed assistant dean for medical education and admissions. Dr. Copeland has served as director for medical education and admissions since 2014.  In this role, she has aimed to matriculate classes of students that match the school’s values and has used her expertise in medical education program evaluation to support our faculty.  

Dr. Copeland earned her bachelor's degree at Loyola University of Chicago and her PhD in educational research at the University of Virginia. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she conducted research in the areas of patient education, graduate education, and continuing medical education.  Her experience in program evaluation and educational research has been applied to a number of projects at the medical school. Please welcome Dr. Copeland to her new role.
Special Lectures for Women's History Month
The Association of Women Surgeons and the American Medical Women's Association are hosting a series of talks in March in recognition of Women's History Month . Join them for the following discussions featuring Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty:

March 11, noon : "Lifestyle in Surgery with Dr. Corbett," Library of Science and Medicine, Piscataway.
March 12, 6:30 p.m. : "Women in Surgery Networking Dinner," Clinical Academic Building, New Brunswick.
March 13, noon : "Heart Disease in Women with Dr. Kulkarni," Kessler Teaching Labs, C11-C12, Piscataway.
March 15, noon : "Professional Development Workshop with Dr. Krumrei," Kessler Teaching Labs, N4-N6, Piscataway.

In addition, Gloria Bachmann, MD , professor and director of the Women's Health Institute, will speak at Rutgers University-Camden on March 12 as part of the “RED Talks: Raptors Engaging in Discussion” program, which features leaders in women and gender equality. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Campus Center.
Alumni Mentor Students at Career Night
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association hosted its 31st Annual Career Night on Tuesday, March 5, during which medical students networked with alumni and learned about different career paths and specialties in medicine. More than 65 alumni attended the event, representing 25 specialties.

Kicking off the event was new Alumni Association President Elena Frid, MD , a board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist specializing in infection-induced autoimmune neurology. Dr. Frid thanked alumni who participated in last year's Scholarship Challenge that raised $2 million for student scholarships. She also spoke about the importance of fostering relationships with medical students and encouraged alumni to sign up to participate in the alumni/student mentorship database, which currently gives students access to more than 400 alumni willing to help student navigate their medical careers throughout the year.
Let's Go, R U! School 'Cheer Squad' Supports Rutgers Women's Basketball
Faculty, staff and students from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital cheered on the Rutgers Women's Basketball team at its last home game of the season. Gloria Bachmann, MD , professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and director, Women's Health Institute, was invited by coach C. Vivian Stringer to serve as the honorary guest coach for the game. Following the Big Ten win against Minnesota, the health care team celebrated courtside with special guest . Pei-Lan Lee, mother to Yi-Horng Lee, MD , associate professor of surgery. R-U Rah Rah!
A Little Comic Relief
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School employees joined in the laughs on Feb. 28 at the Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick. More than 45 people attended the social outing hosted by the Staff Council, where they enjoyed comedian Jeff Dye, a private buffet and basket raffle.
Save the Dates!
Celebration of Distinction Graduates

Students in the Class of 2020 who have earned Distinction in one of the school's seven specialized programs will present their projects at a celebration on Monday, March 11 in the Main Lecture Hall, Piscataway, beginning at 2 p.m. Click here for more information or RSVP for the event.
Rare Disease Day logo
The medical school is hosting a special event in recognition of Rare Disease Day on March 20 at 6 p.m. in the Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. The event will feature guest speaker Karen Haberberg, portrait photographer and published author of An Ordinary Day: Kids with Rare Genetic Conditions , a series of photos set against intimate conversations presenting the stories of 27 families of children with rare diseases.

Target Zero
The Women's Health Institute and the Margery S. Foster Center of the Rutgers University Libraries are hosting a screening of Target Zero , a documentary film about HIV prevention and treatment that follows real-life patients who are pregnant and HIV-positive. A Q&A and discussion will follow. Refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, March 13
6 p.m.
Proteomics Building, Room 120
174 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway
Upcoming in April:
April 6 - HIPHOP's Annual 5K Run/Walk -- Details and Registration
April 6 - 9th Annual Scholarship Gala -- Purchase Tickets
April 13 - Caregiver Conference in Monroe featuring Fred Kobylarz, MD, MPH, associate professor, family medicine and community health -- Details and Registration

Don't forget to save the dates for the medical school's annual scientific lectures in April and May!

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The principal of New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School highlighted on Twitter the partnership among the high school, medical school and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital that introduces and encourages high school students in our community to study for careers in medicine and science.
Next week, the Department of Emergency Medicine 's monthly Grand Rounds will feature  Igor Rybinnik, MD , assistant professor of neurology, who will discuss "Acute Ischemic Stroke in 2019: Forget What You Learned. Before..Again" on Wednesday, March 13 in the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Room 3101 from 8 to 9 a.m.  

For more details on CME-accredited events, click here .
Paul F. Weber, MD, RPh, MBA , associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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