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Congratulations, Dr. Soto-Greene!

Maria L. Soto-Greene, MD, FACP, Vice Dean - NJMS, recently received a five-year grant award, representing a total of $3.5 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE). Since 1991, the HCOE has received funding for every competitive cycle. As Director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence for over 21 years, Dr. Soto-Greene has gained a national reputation for promoting and implementing diversity and cultural competence. The HCOE has focused its initiatives on enhancing academic performance of Hispanic and other underserved populations by increasing the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and students at all levels. Thus, NJMS has created an environment that values diversity and inclusion for faculty and students to be successful. Receiving this grant will allow NJMS to continue to promote academic excellence in the Hispanic and other underrepresented populations. Click here for more information on the HCOE or contact the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement at 973-972-3762.


In early August several incoming New Jersey Medical School students participated in a CARES DAY initiative, which is a community-service project that was established by the Student Health Advocacy for Resources and Education (SHARE) program. Incoming medical students, from the Class of 2016, visited one of two local community-based organizations: Broadway House, a health care and rehabilitative non-profit organization for people living with HIV/AIDS. The first project, which was coordinated by NJMS Class of 2015 students Richard Denicola and Khushbu Shah, took place at Broadway House. There 25 students played board games as well as card games with the guests and reestablished the organization’s community garden. The second project, coordinated by NJMS Class of 2015 students Juan Javier Desloges and Shital Shah, was held in The University Hospital’s In-Patient Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The medical students played board games and read books to 16 hospitalized children during their visit to The University Hospital. The SHARE program assists the many service-learning opportunities in community health and educational outreach programs to the inner-city population of Newark and beyond.


Congratulations, Dr. Easterling!

Torian Easterling, MD’07, MPH, Assistant Professor of the Department of Family Medicine and Department of Preventive and Community Medicine, and Faculty Advisor for the Student Family Health Care Center (SFHCC) at the New Jersey Medical School, will receive the 2012 Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) “Emerging Leader” award at the 2012 FMEC: Northeast Region Annual Meeting. The FMEC honors Family Medicine senior residents, junior faculty and clinicians, with three years or less of experience, who have the potential to be future leaders in Family Medicine. This year’s theme is “Family Medicine: Transforming the Nation’s Health One Family and One Community at a Time.”

NJMS Students Take Top Honors at Annual Poster Competition

Four New Jersey Medical School students have earned top honors at the Cancer Research Summer Student Program’s annual symposium and poster competition.

First-place winners Daniel Rubinstein and Nicholas Colangelo each earned a $2,000 Travel Award for their posters “The regulation of Abl tyrosine kinase activity by Cyclophilin A: a potential role in cell invasion” and “Exploring the Role of Intercellular Communication in Response to DNA Damage,” respectively. Praba Boominathan’s poster “Exploring the XPB Binding Site in the BCR Sequence” and Jordan Pasternack’s poster “Optimization of antibody cocktails for radioimmunotheraphy” earned them second-place spots in the competition and a $1,000 Travel Award, each.

Geared toward first- and second-year students who are considering academic careers in medicine, the eight-week program, sponsored by the NJMS/UH Cancer Center, provides participants the unique opportunity to engage in intensive biomedical research activities under the supervision of an NJMS faculty member in either a laboratory or clinical setting. Assisting this year’s winners were NJMS professors Dr. Raymond Birge (Rubinstein), Dr. Edouard Azzam (Colangelo), Dr. Ian Whitehead (Boominathan), and Dr. Roger Howell (Pasternack).

“The students and judges all did a stupendous job,” said Seema Sukhram, MHA, who coordinated the program with assistance from program directors Harvey Ozer, MD, and Gwendolyn Mahon, PhD.