Page 1

The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

The Sc pe The Student Voice of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Volume I, Issue 1

What’s Inside? Who’s who in the Student Senate?

On-campus residence issues…again!

    

 Can you guess what this is? Read on and find out!

 

As goes UMDNJ…so does the UMDNJ Student Senate!

 

Senate & School SGA Leadership Editor’s Foreword Senate Year-in-Review Executive Council Reports The Scoop: InterProfessionalism at UMDNJ: What’s all the Fuss About? Hot Topics - The Senate’s Pulse on UMDNJ: 180 Again, Disciplinary Rules, UMDNJ & Senate Restructuring? Student Spotlight: Wisna Jean, NJMS ‘12 Scoping Out: A Closer Look at the InterProfessional Grand Rounds Random Shots! FYI: Senate General Meeting Minutes – February 19, 2012

The SCOPE is an independent publication authored by UMDNJ students and edited and approved by the UMDNJ Student Senate. Any views, opinions, and representations presented in The SCOPE are solely those of its authors and do not necessarily represent those of the leadership, faculty and staff of UMDNJ, nor reflect UMDNJ policy. UMDNJ does not control the content of The SCOPE and is not responsible, and accepts no liability, for its content.

The mission of the UMDNJ Student Senate is to serve as the official voice of the UMDNJ students on any and all issues of student concern, to serve as effective advocates for students and their student governments within central UMDNJ administration, and to facilitate increased inter-school student activities and involvement.

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 1


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Who’s Who? 2012-2013 UMDNJ Student Senate Vice Chair – Paul Boulos, SOM ’14, bolouspa@umdnj.edu

Chair – Christine White, NJMS ‘13, whitecm@umdnj.edu

Executive Council

Treasurer – Richard Arilotta, SPH ’13, arilotri@umdnj.edu

Secretary – Yuri T. Jadotte, MD, SN/NJIT/RU ’15, jadottyu@umdnj.edu, Editor

GSBS – Shelly Uppal ’12 (UA/LA), Gerard Limerick ’15

SHRP – William Cole ’15 (IA)

NJDS – Eileen Danaher (CS), Laura Hsieh (CS), Arabelle Castillo (CS)

SN – Deidre Hollingsworth ’12, Yuri Jadotte ’15 (UA/LA, IA)

NJMS – Michael Hayoun ’14 (IA), Kiauntee Murray ’15 (CS), Christine White ’13 (CS, UA/LA, AA, IA)

School Senators

RWJMS – Richard LeBano ’13 (UA/LA)

SOM – Paul Boulos ’14, Dewan Fahima ’13, Osman Abbasi ’14

SPH – Varun Malik ’13 (AA), Richard Arilotta ’13 (CS), Fred Brown

SGA Representatives – Feel free to contact them and anyone from the Student Senate!! GSBS – Newark: Jessian Munoz (P), Samantha Cole (VP), Stephanie Veerasammy (T), Archana Gopalakrishnan (S); GSBS – New Brunswick: pending; GSBS – Stratford: pending NJDS: David Moghadam (P), Meha Sheth (VP), Dan Dinowitz (S), Misato Fukuda (T) RWJMS: Chase Hulderman (P), Bill Beckerman (P-New Brunswick), Richard LeBano (P-Camden), Alison Sarokhan (VPStudent Affairs), Uma Damle (VP-Administration) SOM: Paul Boulos (VP)

SN – Newark: Kevin Moore (P), Deidre Hollingsworth (VP), Danielle Massaro (S), Ashley Pillai (T); SN – Stratford: Alex Rocha (P), Kaye Balicanta (S), Jennifer Bolger (VP), Amy Melsy (T) NJMS: Raymond Malaparo (P), Rich Schmidt (VP), Leia Rispoli (S), Kiruba Dharaneswaran (T) SHRP: Joel Summer (CC) SPH – Piscataway: Varun Malik (P), Sabrina Hassan (VP), Michael Cestare (S), Jeremy Taylor (T); SPH – Newark: pending; SPH – Stratford: Mutiat Otunba (P), Tulsi Shah (VP)

Legend: SENATE COMMITTEES – AA (academic affairs), CS (community service), IA (internal affairs), UA/LA (university and legislative affairs) (see p. 17 for descriptions); SGA LEADERSHIP ROLES – C (Chair), CC (Co-Chair), P (President), S (Secretary), T (Treasurer), VP (Vice President)

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 2


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

outgoIng ChaIr’s Message You are Governed by a Toddler At the time of this writing the UMDNJ Student Senate is only almost three years old but kinda precocious. What were you doing when you were three? Things the Student Senate did in 2011-2012 - Researched, attended legislative meetings around, and informed the student body regarding the proposed changes to the organizational structure of UMDNJ - Approved a plan to continue representing students in the event of the dissolution of UMDNJ - Established the first interschool community service grants to encourage and fund interdisciplinary collaborative community service - Secured improvements to the student disciplinary timeline and definition of violations of disciplinary policy. Continued to advocate for finite timelines, notification to accused students of disciplinary allegations, and the ability to ask questions of witnesses at disciplinary hearings at the level of the President and the Board of Trustees - Created and distributed awards for faculty and staff who have served students well based on student nominations and votes. - Raised over $800 for tsunami disaster relief for Japan - Aggregated student opinions on and represented students in discussions on tuition, health insurance, shuttle routes, and on-campus food options - Conducted off-season nonperishable food drives on the Newark, New Brunswick, and Stratford campuses - Integrated students into UMDNJ's Interprofessional Grand Rounds - Supported individual student projects and trained student leaders (continued on right)

You are Governed by a Toddler (continued from left) The Student Senate is very friendly to new students from all UMDNJ schools and encourages participation from students whether elected as senators or not. If there isn't a large Student Senate presence in your school we especially need you. And if you do good work for students through the Senate the Senate will make sure you get taken care of, because we're a family like that. Inquire within. Come play with the three year old. Lee Flowers, NJMS ’12 2011-2012 Chair of UMDNJ Student Senate

edItor’s Foreword By Yuri T. Jadotte, MD, SN/NJIT/RU ’15 Welcome to a new endeavor of the UMDNJ Student Senate! We hope you like the look and feel of our newsletter! This year, we’ve decided that there should be a greater emphasis on reaching out to the UMDNJ student body. A little background on the title/theme: we chose the word “scope” as it conveys so many meanings pertinent to the health professions. Let’s see how many times the word “scope” captures key themes and concepts: microscope (research emphasis), stethoscope (clinical emphasis), and even horoscope… OK, so this one we just threw in there, but in reality it is relevant (sort of). It reflects the need to be aware of the (health) beliefs and (health) behaviors of our patients and each other, a key component of cultural competency (one of UMDNJ’s many known curricular strengths). The word “scope” also captures the purpose behind this newsletter: to keep the entire study body abreast of the (scope of) pertinent things that are happening at UMDNJ, and to present a critical and watchful eye on your behalf! And it almost looks like “scoop”, as in giving you the inside scoopStudent (which we will, when we have it and are able to divulge it), but we Spotlight: thought “scoop” is not as versatile as “scope”. As far as the color theme, red is pretty obvious, and blue to broaden our scope and avoidMeet visual monotony! TOTAL: TIMES!! Also, be Tomorrow on the lookout for 4 annual a Leader of 5Today and publications of the Scope (February, May, August, and November). All the best!

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 3


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Hot topics – the senate’s Pulse on UMDNJ: Update on Disciplinary Procedures Recommendations The UMDNJ Student Senate, under multiple generations of Senate leadership, has been working to improve the disciplinary procedures at UMDNJ practically since its birth. The Academic Affairs committee of the Senate initially developed a very well researched report and presented recommendations for improvement that were approved in November of 2009. There were many recommendations made, but three of the major recommendations are summarized here: 1. Ensure that students are informed when accusations are made against them. 2. Ensure that these accusations are processed within a finite time frame. 3. Ensure that accused students are allowed to ask witnesses questions during their hearings. A VERY short overview of what has since transpired: These recommendations were presented to then Provost Dr. Rodgers, who assembled a Task Force to discuss the report and meet with the Senate. The above recommendations were not accepted. The report was then presented and discussed with President Owen as well as Provost Rodgers, and the discussion resulted in partial timeline improvements with further changes deferred. This report has since recently been presented to the UMDNJ Board of Trustees. The Senate is currently awaiting a response from our last communication with the Board of Trustees. Any questions or input are welcome at studentsenate@umdnj.edu.

UMDNJ Restructuring and the UMDNJ Student Senate Amidst future changes to the structure of UMDNJ, the Senate is well prepared to continue to represent our constituent student bodies in an interdisciplinary form. We have been in discussions with the administration regarding these changes, and we have also held many conversations within the Senate to anticipate some of the changes that will or may be made to the Senate itself. We would like to address two of the obvious initial topics: - Name Change: The UMDNJ Student Senate will continue to exist under this name until after the official adoption of a new name for the university, which we would assume. - RWJ and SPH: The Senate will continue to represent students from both Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the School of Public Health and will continue to accept senators from both schools until both schools have merged with Rutgers University New Brunswick – Piscataway campuses. After that time, those schools will withdraw from the Senate. Since the beginning of the Senate's existence, we have seen admirable student participation from both RWJ and SPH. Both schools have elected students who have contributed invaluable work, and they will always be appreciated. However, the Advisory Committee's recommendations will hopefully allow for more united campuses and a more efficient structure within the university. In that respect, the Senate views the structural changes as potentially beneficial. The Governor's Advisory Committee's Final Report, detailing proposed changes to UMDNJ, can be found easily online by searching for: UMDNJ_Advisory_Committee_Final_Report.pdf You can read Dr. Rodgers' and Dr. Barry's responses to the report online at: http://www.umdnj.edu/home2web/email-marketing/Barry-Rodgers_reply.html

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 4


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Executive Council reports

Vice Chair’s Welcome By Paul Boulos, SOM ’14 Message from the Chair By Christine White, NJMS ’13 I'm very excited to say that I am the incoming Chair for the Student Senate. We've been very fortunate to have Lee and the rest of the outgoing members working on improvements to the Senate for the past year, and I am very grateful. Many of the projects that came to fruition last year - the Senate Recognition Awards, food drives, our involvement with the Interprofessional Grand Rounds, etc. - will continue now as established annual projects. However, the upcoming year promises to present many changes to the Senate as well. Restructuring of the university will invariably affect us, but we've been in many discussions and will remain updated and act appropriately when the time comes. In addition, this newsletter, thanks to Yuri, is one of the newest projects for the Senate, and should prove to be an excellent way for many groups - not just the Senate - to communicate to the rest of the university. Many other projects will be started, and more improvements will be made. We'd like to see an increased presence in every school and on every campus. If there is something you'd like to work on, whether it is a current project or a new idea that you have, we'd love to have you join the team. We are happy to help anyone who is working to improve the student experience at UMDNJ. Please join us this year.

Eight Schools, One Voice

The Student Senate is constantly evolving while maintaining a direct influence within the UMDNJ community. Since its inception the senate has strived to complete its goals that are in the best interests of the students, faculty and staff at UMDNJ and we are committed to provide an open avenue of communication that benefits the educational experience and promotes academic excellence. Please feel free to reach out to us with any of your questions or concerns.

A Word from the Treasurer By Richard Arilotta, SPH ’13 In 2011/12 the Student Senate continued its commitment to student community service groups by awarding grants to the Student Family Health Care Center, Medical Society of New Jersey, and most recently, the Stem Cell Educational Society. Grants were awarded to support educational programs, nutritional programs, and services for free medical care. Community service groups have long been rooted in UMDNJ tradition and by supporting these groups the Student Senate helps promote the variety and richness their programs. Supporting the development of new programs provide opportunities for UMDNJ students to participate in activities that help develop individual competencies in leadership and teamwork. Grants for community services group made up approximately 40% of the Student Senate’s 2011/12 budget. In order to initiate student oriented projects and to fund programs such as those created by grants for community service groups, it is necessary for the Student Senate to receive sufficient funding. For those of you who may not know, funding for the Student Senate budget is entirely derived from its constituent student governments. That is, all Student Government Associations (SGA) are asked to contribute annual dues of 1% of their total budget. Even though dues set at a low 1% are intended to have a negligible impact of SGA budgets, some dues often go uncollected. Unfortunately this prevents the Student Senate from operating at full potential and represents an opportunity cost to UMNDJ students as well as the Student Senate as programs such as those created by grants to community service groups are often forgone due to lack of funds. With this in mind, I would like to thank the SGA’s who have reliably contributed dues as well as encourage the SGA’s who haven’t to help the Student Senate achieve its 2012/13 goal of 100% funding.

May 2012, Page 5


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

The Scoop: Interprofessionalism at UMDNJ? What’s all the Fuss About? By Yuri T. Jadotte, MD, SN/NJIT/RU ’15 It seems lately that there is an increased fuss about interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPE or IPCP). This is most definitely happening at UMDNJ (see President Rodgers’ messages to the university since January 25, 2012 at http://www.umdnj.edu/home2web/RHE/ messages.htm). But is this some isolated trend? Is UMDNJ’s emphasis on becoming the “New Jersey Health Sciences University” or NJHSU a desperate attempt at salvaging what will be left of UMDNJ after the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the School of Public Health merge into Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick? While that argument certainly can and is being made, I challenge that there is also a broader vision at play here, a vision consistent with regional, national and international trends. For starters, this idea of interprofessional or interdisciplinary education has existed at UMDNJ for at least a decade. A great example is the PhD program that I am currently a part of. It is the PhD in Urban Systems, which is jointly held between Rutgers University-Newark (through the School of Public Affairs and Administration), NJIT (through the School of Architecture) and UMDNJ (through the School of Nursing). Yes, my friends, I, as a resident physician, am currently attending an educational program where one of the three academic components is based at a school of nursing. I cannot tell you how critical my own peers in medicine, as well as how skeptical other individuals at the school of nursing have been when they find out I am actually a student there. Perhaps they have reason to be… But why do I bother telling you this anecdote about my own academic background? Because I would like to illustrate to you one of the reasons why the health professions have not been able to accomplish the goal of interdisciplinary collaboration: because there is too much emphasis on turf control, and too little regard for mutual turf recognition (aka scope of practice) while allowing for some crossing of boundaries for the common goal of improving patient care. That is the fundamental divide in my opinion. Now if you wish to learn more about the idea that the imperative for IPE and IPCP is both national and international, you should consult the Institute of Medicine 2003 report and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative 2011 report (all of which can be found by a simple google search, but we have made it easy for you to find by posting them on the Senate google site, see bottom of p. 16 for the link). Albeit, these reports are fairly extensive, so if you are pressed for time now, you may have to leave it for the summer or read the summary. (continued on right)

Eight Schools, One Voice

(continued from left) What I wish to conclude with is a quick analysis of where UMDNJ is currently positioned in terms of truly being an institution that values interprofessional education and its potential for improving patient care. What I have done below is use some of the key challenges of interprofessional education identified by IPEC (p. 34) and applied my perspective, as a long-standing student at UMDNJ, to these issues at our beloved university. For each point, part A will discuss what my perspective is on the situation at UMDNJ, while part B will identify potential solutions to these problems (including student initiatives, believe it or not!) and ideas on UMDNJ’s potential on this issue. So here we go: 1.

Institutional Level Challenges: here they describe how the lack of top level administrative support can impede the evolution of interprofessional education. A. Like anything else at a major university, anything that lacks the support of the administration is unlikely to either take root or last very long. This is true of UMDNJ as well, whether it’s related to the academic curricula, research, faculty development, you name it, chances are it needs some top level support. The reasons for this are too numerous to elaborate on here, but the fact remains true. B. Fortunately, in the area of interprofessional education, it appears that UMDNJ does in fact have full support from the highest levels of the administration. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the other levels of administration, particularly at individual schools, and whether or not IPE/IPCP initiatives will truly be fully supported and implemented. (continued on p. 7)

May 2012, Page 6


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Interprofessionalism at UMDNJ (continued from page 6) 2.

3.

4.

5.

Lack of Institutional Collaborators: here the panel essentially makes it clear that profession-specific schools that have tried to implement interprofessional programs have not been successful simply because there were no other professions around, or they were physically so far away that it has been impractical. A. This is one example of an area where UMDNJ is probably one of the strongest universities for the health professions, period! The fact of the matter is that virtually all health professions are represented at UMDNJ, particularly on the Newark campus. The biggest exception is the pharmacy profession. However, if we broaden our scope a bit, we can realize that UMDNJ is already involved in IPE even with other universities. For example, the Urban Systems PhD is a great example of this, and the fact that a conference is being held between all 3 universities on June 8, 2012 further demonstrates these efforts (albeit the interdisciplinary collaboration there goes beyond health alone). B. I am of course not aware of what the university has planned in this area, but I do know for a fact that there are several student initiatives that are trying to promote interprofessional collaboration. The Student Senate, which was founded in 2009, was the first step in that direction. Last year, the Senate also initiated and has supported the InterProfessional Grand Rounds, which have become a runaway success with students and faculty. This year, the Senate has launched a number of initiative, the most important of which being the creation of a process for chartering interdisciplinary, cross-campus and cross- school student organizations, many of whom are already taking shape: they include the Haitian Health Professions Student Association, as well as Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the Graduate and Professional School Student Honor Society. For those who are interested, there are plenty of opportunities to work with the Senate to create more interprofessional cross-pollination. Your imagination and dedication are the limits! Practical Issues: this section deals with scheduling conflicts across schools. A. This can be a significant issue for UMDNJ, given the fact that the schools seem to have operated solo on that front for their entire existence (save for the exception of Commencement to my knowledge). B. While the coordination of schedules to allow time for interprofessional education collaboratives will be a burdensome administrative task, it is possible, and other universities have done it successfully. An area that the Senate and students can help with here is in the planning of joint school events. For example, wouldn’t it be nice to have a large Gala (like Golden Apple from NJMS) where students from every school of UMDNJ would be able to buy tickets and participate? Social mingling among the different types of health professions students is severely lacking at UMDNJ. This is probably one of the contributing barriers to IPE/IPCP: we go through our academic & professional training not really getting to know each other as people, so when we become board certified/licensed, why should it be any different? Faculty Development Issues: this pertains to the fact that faculty members will need to learn how to teach and integrate IPE into their courses and mantra, without diluting their existing curricular expertise/strength or their students’ education. A. This is possible, and other schools, ex. the University of Toronto, University of Washington, have made some headway on these matters. There is some progress being made at UMDNJ. For example, the Master’s Guild Symposium at UMDNJ on April 18, 2012 dealt specifically with this topic. Another example is the fact that the theme of the faculty retreat for the School of Health Related Professions this year, scheduled for June 2012, is related to this topic. B. Certainly UMDNJ could do more. Perhaps some things are already in motion that we the students are not aware of, like the development of a faculty council panel to explore these ideas at UMDNJ (should they be implemented? Can they be implemented? What will it take? etc). It would be nice if the university sought our input. Assessment Issues: how do you assess the IPE competencies? That is a major challenge identified by the IPEC panel, and research is ongoing in this area. A. This is a challenge since there are not currently any thoroughly validated methods for doing this. However, there are some programs at UMDNJ that are addressing this issue. For example, the Student Family Health Care Clinic, under the leadership of Dr. Brazeau of the New Jersey Medical School Department of Family Medicine, has receive a grant of close to $1 million to help expand the scope of activities at the clinic (which is a free charity care clinic run by medical school students and supervised by attending physicians since 1968). She has begun to use this opportunity to expand inter-professional collaborative opportunities for other students at UMDNJ, including nutrition and nursing students, with the ultimate goal being to provide higher quality care through interdisciplinary teams (finished on p. 11). Wanna write for the Scope? Email us your article at umdnjsenate@gmail.com. Share your insights with the entire UMDNJ student body!!

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 7


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Hot topics – the senate’s Pulse on UMDNJ: Another Word from the Editor It is best at this point to let you know why we created this particular section of The Scope. One of the biggest problems at UMDNJ has been the absence of student activism. If you are reading this, it is probable that you’ve had some exposure to school activism as an undergraduate student. You may not have been directly involved, but you certainly read about it in the school paper, or benefited from its results, or both. The UMDNJ Student Senate was created specifically to serve as a voice in this realm, to not only motivate students to act, but also to advocate on their behalf. At a time when there are talks of mergers, dissolution of clinical sites critical to our education (or changes in management, depending on your perspective), and bad press, students at UMDNJ more than ever need to get involved or at least be aware of what’s going on in the school community. That’s what “Hot Topics” is all about. If there is a student-related issue you want to write about, contact us at umdnjsenate@gmail.com.

180 West Market Dumpster Traffic Problems Solved? Nope! We bring you this brief update on an issue many students care about, mostly those who live there: problems with the Residence Hall at 180 West Market Street. The building itself is great and its management staff are very responsive to student input, to the best of our knowledge. However, there are certain inconveniences we are forced to deal with that we shouldn’t have to, at least not without clear indications why. One of them is the presence of several large garbage dumpsters in the road leading to the Norfolk parking deck (P1)! (see pictures on page 13). Granted, in low traffic conditions, the fact that these turn it into a one-way road is not so terrible (never mind the numerous and perpetual pot holes). But some of us can attest to having witnessed a few near-accidents because of those dumpsters, especially in the morning and evening during rush hour. The Senate has approached building management, with temporary resolution of the problem, but it seems to come back again and again! We understand that it may not be their responsibility on this particularly issue, and we are not looking to blame anyone. The bottom line is: what will it take to get a more permanent, student-friendly solution to the dumpster-inthe-road issue? We leave you to ponder this question in the context of the great many other issues that UMDNJ is facing…

Upcoming Hot Topics (for August 2012 issue):

Should all students have the option of going to the Student Health center if it is available on their campus (i.e. by opting into and paying for a yearly plan)?

Do UMDNJ students need and deserve student representation on the Board of Trustees?

Hot Topic Poll What do you think about having student representation on the UMDNJ Board of Trustees? Click here: UMDNJ Student Member of Board of Trustees

Eight Schools, One Voice

UMDNJ Merger: What you should know about it and why you should care!

May 2012, Page 8


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Student Spotlight Wisna Jean, NJMS ’12

Clinic

Art

Orphanage

Ultrasound Teaching

“I will never come across a patient I cannot care for” At the end of my medical school journey, I joined a Unified for Global Healing team to provide medical care, health education, and community art in Haiti. In two weeks, our multidisciplinary team served over two thousand people in six different communities. This was possible because of collaboration between the two non-profit organizations: Unified For Global Healing, Inc. and Partners In Development, Inc. Most of my work was in the mobile clinics in communities that lacked or had limited access to medical services. The settings ranged from a barn, to a half-built home, to a large tent. The sun was unrelenting, the humidity was at times confining, and the sea of patients seemed to flow from every corner of the community. After setting up the pharmacy and consultation areas, patients surrounded us in hopes of getting a pill, syrup, or cream in hopes of getting something to give long-sought relief. Before the start of this trip, I honestly thought that, because I spoke the language and was familiar with the culture, I would have a relatively easy time providing care. Instead, I found this experience to be physically and emotionally intense yet immensely gratifying. For example, I treated an orphaned 4-year old girl who was malnourished, had dysphagia and a distended abdomen. At an academic health center, she would get multiple diagnostic studies and consultations. Unfortunately, I did not have those resources available to me. It was heartwrenching to know that because of limited resources she may never be diagnosed and cured. Most of my patient encounters, however, were extremely rewarding. We were able to effectively treat a variety of ailments including parasitic diarrhea, sexually transmitted infections, hypertension, dyspepsia, and musculoskeletal pain. Watching a smile completely envelop a new mother’s face after I told her that the baby is doing well and the satisfaction my younger patients wore on their face after learning about sex safe practices were the moments I will treasure forever. In addition to direct medical service, we also provided birth assistance classes, ultrasound education, pharmacy education, and hypertension/diabetes education. This experience solidified my commitment to provide global health in the future. The circumstance emphasized the demands a humanistic approach when providing medical care. It reminded me of what it means to be a physician: to care for people. Throughout my medical school experience, I have come across patients that physicians could not diagnose, and even worse, patients that could not be cured. However, Haiti has taught me that I will never come across a patient that I cannot care for. This is a lesson I will always carry with me for the rest of my career as a physician.

Birth Class Graduation ↑

← Clinical Activities

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 9


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Advertising

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 10


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Classifieds & News you can use Have you heard about the Graduate and Inter-Professional Student Honor Society at UMDNJ? The UMDNJ Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) is actively looking for new members who will make up the founding class of the society. The requirements for membership are straightforward: completion of 1 full academic year at full-time credit equivalency (the exact number of credits may vary depending on degree program and school), academic standing in the top 35% of all graduate students at your school, and demonstrated leadership while a graduate student. Do you qualify? Are you interested? Email us at ael@umdnj.edu for more information. P.S. All applications from this initial pool of candidates will be sent to and reviewed directly by the National AEL Headquarters for confirmation of eligibility. We anticipate that the first AEL Induction at UMDNJ will take place in 2013. All UMDNJ graduate and professional degree students from all 8 schools qualify for membership (i.e. GSBS, NJDS, NJMS, RWJMS, SHRP, SN, SOM and SPH). We hope you will consider taking part in this exciting, inter-professional student initiative!!

Are you a Haitian student at UMDNJ? Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Would you like to meet other Haitian students in a health profession different than yours? Than look no further! The Haitian Health Professions Student Association (HPSA) is starting up at UMDNJ and we need to grow our membership! If you are interested, please email us at hpsaumdnj@gmail.com. Na pale!

Interprofessionalism at UMDNJ (continued from page 7)

6.

B. Further, UMDNJ has other strengths in this area. For starters, through the New Jersey Center for EvidenceBased Practice at the School of Nursing, a major center for the conduct of systematic reviews, UMDNJ currently holds the title for the most comprehensive systematic review on IPE yet, one being performed at this time by yours truly and Dr. Cheryl Holly. While the review is not yet completed, it has garnered some local and regional attention. For example, the proposal to conduct this systematic review is one of the finalists for receiving grant funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, the School of Nursing is also in the process of applying for a federal grant that seeks to expand interprofessional education collaboratives and practice using a community-based model, reinforced by extracurricular molding of a culture of interprofessionalism at UMDNJ. A possible evolution of this grant, if awarded, is the establishment of a Center for IPE/IPCP Studies. Lack of Regulatory Expectations: here, the panel raises the fact that there is a lack of recognition of the importance of IPE by all health professions accreditation bodies. A. This represents another major challenge to IPE/IPCP because change in this category requires us to venture into the realm of national policy. So far only the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has fully integrated IPE into their core mission, even though the IPEC committee consists of all major health accreditation boards! B. Yet this is another area where UMDNJ can potentially have a national impact. The easiest example to think of is the fact that the President of the American Medical Association (AMA) Dr. Peter Carmel, and the President of the Medical Student Section of the AMA LeAnne Roberts are both at the New Jersey Medical School, making NJMS the national powerhouse for AMA policy in 2012-2013! These two individuals potentially represent a tremendous resource for influencing the national debate among attending physicians, residents and medical students, all of whom together are arguably the most influential groups in the health professions. We as a university should not miss the opportunity to work with them and each other to bring about this change!

Thus, as you can see, the potential for UMDNJ to become a national leader in interprofessional education, research and practice is undeniable. The institutional support is clearly articulated, virtually all of the health professions are represented, the faculty development potential is undeniable, and the student support is increasingly palpable. Now all we need is a clear vision and Scoping out UMDNJ events: the will to make it happen! I hope we can unite as an institution and pursue this exciting initiative successfully.

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 11


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Scoping Out: A closer look at the Inter-Professional Grand Rounds, October 2011 By Paul Boulos, SOM ‘14 “Improving Diabetes Through Weight Loss: an InterProfessional Approach” was a grand rounds seminar sponsored and moderated by the Student Senate on October 20, 2011. A record 215 students, faculty and staff attended the first Stratford Campus InterProfessional Grand Rounds Program of Academic Year 2012. The faculty panel included Laura D. Byham-Gray, PhD, MS, RD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Program Director, MS in Clinical Nutrition, UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions, (continued on lower right)

The event was well attended by numerous faculty members as well as students! It bodes well for more interprofessional collaboration at UMDNJ!

Dr. Natalia Shcherbik PhD receiving the Student Senate award for Excellence in Research at UMDNJ's Annual University Day from Student Senator Paul Boulos.

(continued from above left) Adeshola Fakulujo, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Adarsh Gupta, DO, MS, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, George G. Rhoads, MD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Interim Dean, UMDNJ-School of Public Health. Students who attended the October 20, 2011 Grand Rounds program and who attend additional grand rounds will receive a certificate of completion by their prospective schools if they are offered. Overall, the event was well received by all participants, and future interprofessional grand rounds are forthcoming, so stay tuned!

Dr. Adarsh Gupta D.O., M.S., speaking at the InterProfessional Grand Rounds event Improving Diabetes through Weight Loss: An InterProfessional Approach on October 20th 2011.

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 12


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Random shots!

Guess where this is? We know, it’s totally nondescript, and it could be any number of UMDNJ’s secluded, dark corner cubicles… It’s the Student Senate Office!!! Located on the 15th floor of the Bergen Building in Newark, near the President’s and many VP’s offices. Last Word from the Editor If you have any interesting photos from UMDNJ (such as events, buildings, activities, or special moments at school), this is the place to share them with your colleagues!

180 West Market Housing and Norfolk Street Deck

(pictures from the article on page 8) This is in fact a common sight for students who either live at 180 West Market (background building), or park in the Norfolk Deck (seen slightly on the right). Notice that in addition to the large red dumpster, a blue one has drifted onto the road!! An accident waiting to happen…

Views from UMDNJ-Newark Campus

Market Street at night. What’s that triangle in the sky on the upper right corner??

Newark Airport (background) & Norfolk Street (foreground)

Wanna do random shots?…uhh, we mean, contribute random shots (lol!)? Email us your pics at umdnjsenate@gmail.com Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 13


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

FYI: Senate General Meeting Minutes 02-19-12 Quarterly Meeting, New Brunswick Campus Sunday, February 19, 2012, Time: 1pm to 2:45pm Attendees In Person: Bill Cole, Paul Boulos, Temitayo Awoyomi, Varun Malik, Micheal Hayoun, Richard Arilotta, SriRam Pentakota, Christina Washington, Shelly Uppal, Kiantee Murray, Lee Flowers, Christine White, Tom Cusack Over the phone: Rich LeBano, Arabelle Castillo, Gerard Limerick, Fred Brown, Stephanie Flaherty, Laura Hseih, Komel Patel, Yuri Jadotte, Sujana Batta, Alanna Guzman, William Beckerman Minutes I.

Call to Order a. The meeting was called to order at 12.07pm.

I.

Roll Call a. The meeting was attended by 25 individuals

II. Approval of Agenda a. The agenda was approved as is III. Approval of Minutes a. The minutes from the November 2011 meeting was unanimously approved. IV. Officer Reports A. Vice Chair - Student Government Contact Info: We will be compiling names and info from the new/incoming members of the senate as we transition. - Election status questions: Christine White explained the Senate, co-chair positions and committees. She also stressed that there will be a transition period between the February meeting and the May meeting where the new officers will begin officially. As per the question asked about the schedule for future meetings, Senate meetings are held in the months of May (held in Newark), August (New Brunswick), November (Stratford) and February (New Brunswick). New Brunswick hosts 2 meeting due to its central location. Each committee is expected to have meetings before the next quarterly meeting. The agenda and minutes can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/umdnjstudentsenate/file-cabinet B. Secretary - Addresses and Phone Numbers for New Members: Senators need proxies. Attendance is appreciated but joining by phone is fine. C. Treasurer - Individual School Funding: Senate funds are collected from each school. Christine White will be coordinating with the incoming treasurer to collect funds from schools. V. Committee Reports – Quarterly Reports A. Academic Affairs - Student Senate Awards for next year’s University Day: As per original idea by Mike Hayoun, the event was widely successful. The administration as asked that the senate to continue annually. Various ways to improve the program were solicited. Some questions raises include who chooses the winners. Perhaps Google docs can be used next time to keep everyone informed. The same letterhead will be used for the certificates given out. The senate will be trying to increase visibility in the UMDNJ community so that the winners can be better recognized.

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 14


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate -Interprofessional Grand Rounds: This occurs in Piscataway. The senate aims to increase visibility by placing announcements on the main UMDNJ website. Grand Rounds discusses diabetes (weight loss and prevention of diabetes). Upcoming rounds will be sponsored by SOM and SN and another by GSBS. - Disciplinary Action: Will be discussed by Lee Flowers under Chair’s Report. - Research Forum: This is on hold due to school restructuring. The website is intended for students, staff and anyone interested in finding out research currently being conducted across all the campuses. AA will be meeting with Dean Scotto with the aim of expanding the program across all campuses. - Curriculum Integration: As faculty and staff modify the current curriculum with programs that are more productive, forums should be available to allow students to voice opinions on mental health and other issues. Varun and Paul will communicate and work together on curriculum integration. B. Community Service -Food Drive * Scheduled for March 26 – April 16, 2012 * Thanksgiving Food Drive: Nov 9 – Nov 22, Newark & Stratford: Thanksgiving food drive was successful; 3 boxes of food were donating to MEND (Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity). An off-season drive is being planned for March 26 to April 16. The extra week is to give more time for more donations. - Community Service Grants: updates on recent applications: Jewish Osteopathic Medical Association wanted us to fund items that the school SGAs would normally fund. Also, their proposal did not meet the inter-school collaboration requirement. CS needs more info from the Stem Cell Education Society before a final decision is made. -Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: We will be joining Team UMDNJ as a team instead of competing for student enrollment. Mammography In Motion will be offering free screening for the Newark community. Students can register as runners or walkers or make donations. The race is scheduled for May 6, 2012. * Scheduled for May 6, 2012 in West Orange * Student Senate Team – open for all members -Community Gardens Project: Planting the garden will cost $400. The plots being considered are (1) A small plot on the UMDNJ campus and (2) A plot in Newark. Final location is currently being decided. -Clean up day at Branch Brook Park: The organizers have asked us to help us with cleaning and to increase awareness for protecting the environment. -Knit a Square: Knitting has been done by the UMDNJ community in the past for donations. The Senate will be collaborating this year and since the project is interschool, they can be funded by the CS grant. Alanna thanked everyone for their support. Lee commended CS for raising money for the Japan Relief and the Food Drives. Will B.: About the Community Gardens Project, the tentative address is 172 Fairmont Street, Newark. The lease will be for $1/year. The Garden has to be kept clean. There is a Liability Insurance Clause on the lease that we need to pay attention to. Garden boxes need to be constructed, planting has to be timely. We may also contact the community organizations to participate. Bill C. mentioned that the school may be able to help with a Liability Clause by covering the garden. Will: Has contacts with the Board of Concerned Citizens and school maintenance that may be able to help. Carol at the Mayor’s office may also be able to help. C. Legislative Affairs -UMDNJ Day in Trenton: Organized with office in Newark, unfortunately, turnout was poor. The office of Government Relations has been very supportive. 1-5 students can be accommodated in Trenton on these trips. -Teaching students how to lobby: Plans are underway for this, but there is some difficulty in finding one central issue to lobby on that many students are passionate about. Suggestions welcome. On the LA call, some of these issues will be discussed. D. University Affairs

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 15


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate -Health insurance issues: SPH: Health insurance issues with students not being able to visit the student clinic. Access to the student office is dependent on fees paid by individual schools to the clinic for these services. We plan to have a meeting with the medical director (Dr. Schroeder) about how much it costs and how to move forward with this issue. The quickest or most effective way will be to sort this out on a school by school basis. If a school does not participate in the student clinic, ask them why and perhaps ask them to begin to participate. E. Internal Affairs - Notes to Deans: Rewards for active participants in the senate will be in form of emails sent to deans about member’s activities and efforts so that said members can be recognized by the prospective schools. It would even be better if the cause is something shared by a large number of said school’s population. It will also note that if the school wants change, they can contact said senate member. -Senate Restructuring Proposal: Aim is to increase senate exposure and communication between the senate and schools. IA contacts senators and ensures that they stay active. IA will also work to increase overall senate function by reorganizing the existing committees and their roles. -VP role: The role of the VP is being revamped. The new role will be mainly to contact schools and act in the capacity of ‘external liaison’. LA and UA will be merges, so that there are 2 co-chairs instead of 4 and to increase efficiency of both groups. Co-chairs oversee projects and co-ordinate with members on working on specific projects.

VI. Chair’s Report A. Committee Assignments: Senators will be contacted soon about what committees that are interested in joining. Each senator is expected to be part of at least one committee. B. Meeting with Board of Trustees: Document will edited as discussed and presented to the board of trustees on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The document was signed by all members present and agreed upon by members over the phone unanimously. VII. Active Bills A. Bill to Maintain Representation: Approved B. Constitution Revisions: Approved with 1 modification. Name of VP will not be changed. It will remain as Vice Chair. C. Standing Rules Revisions: Approved. Quorum rules modified as “50% of senators seated at the time of the meeting” VIII. Student Government Submitted Items A. (None) IX. Elections President: Christine White V. President: Paul Boulos vs. Mike Hayoun. Paul Boulos is the new VP of the senate. Secretary: Not filled Treasurer: Rich Arilotta. For this to occur, the rule about needing experience for executive council positions was suspended. Co-chairs: U&LA: Shelly Uppal, SriRam (temporary, till December) AA: Varun Malik CS: Kiantee, Rich Arilotta IA: Mike Hayoun, Bill Cole (acting) X. Setting Dates – General Body Meeting, President Meeting, Communications Call A. The next meeting will be on May 6, 2012. B. Next executive board meeting with Dr. Rogers. Tuesday March 13, 2012 or Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 16


The Scope

An Independent Quarterly Publication of the UMDNJ Student Senate

Follow us on: @UMDNJ_Senate UMDNJ Student Senate UMDNJSenate

UMDNJ Student Senate 65 Bergen Street, Suite 1551, Newark, NJ 07101-1709 umdnjsenate@gmail.com or studentsenate@umdnj.edu

Tel: (973) 972-0916 Please leave a message, we will return your call and/or address your concern! UMDNJ Senate Website https://sites.google.com/site/umdnjstudentsenate/ Senate Committees Descriptions & Co-Chairs/Contact Persons Academic Affairs: Develops and maintains a good relationship with the administration and faculty to address student concerns, including student academic issues such as student advising, course offerings, research and scholarship opportunities. Email: Varun at malikva@umdnj.edu or Jeremy at taylorj3@umdnj.edu for more info or to join. Community Service: Develops and coordinates community service efforts among students from various schools. Email: Rich at arilotri@umdnj.edu or Kiauntee at murrayk3@umdnj.edu for more info or to join. Internal Affairs: Addresses internal matters of the Student Senate, such as changes to the Constitution and Standing Rules, removal of officers, loss of Senate voting privileges, and committee attendance. Email: Bill at colewi@umdnj.edu or Mike at hayounmi@umdnj.edu for more info or to join. Legislative Affairs/University Affairs: the Legislative Affairs arm of this committee advocates for student interests at the local, state and federal levels on pertinent issues, remains as non-partisan and unaffiliated with the UMDNJ administration as possible, and organizes annual lobbying efforts in coordination with Office of Government Affairs and local budget hearings. The University Affairs arm of this committee addresses non-academic student concerns, working with the administration to resolve them. Email: Shelly at uppals1@umdnj.edu or Sri at pentaks1@umdnj.edu for more info or to join.

Eight Schools, One Voice

May 2012, Page 17

THE SCOPE, Volume I, Issue 1  

THE SCOPE is an independent publication authored by UMDNJ students and edited and approved by the UMDNJ Student Senate. Any views, opinions...