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Alumni Webinar Series

Each month, the RowanSOM Alumni Association hosts a special webinar to discuss important health issues in our communities. RowanSOM alumni share their expertise on various topics and you will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation.

 

Join us for our Next Webinar: 

Challenges and Advances for the Special Needs Community

Thursday, December 3, 2020
6:00 pm (EST)

Join SOM Alumnus Dr. Paul I. Abend ‘87, Dr. Wendy F. Aita, and Dr. Jennifer L. LeComte, as they provide guidance for the unique challenges for individuals with special needs and their families during the time of COVID-19. The Q&A portion will be facilitated by Joshua Katz, Student Doctor Class of 2021.

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You can submit your questions for our panelists in advance via email to forman@rowan.edu.

Past Webinar Recordings

November 2020

Navigating the Holidays During a Pandemic
November 17, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

Join SOM Alumni, Dr. John F. Bertagnolli, Jr. and Dr. Rachel Shmuts, and Middle School Counselor Jennifer Pasqua, today as they explore how to navigate the holidays with and without family in the midst of the pandemic. The panel will discuss how to overcome the challenges and be able to celebrate and enjoy this time of year. The Q&A portion will be facilitated by Jasmin Moustafa Zayed, Student Doctor, Class of 2021.


John Bertagnolli, Jr., DO '83
Professor, Department of Geriatrics/NJISA
Director of Rowan House Calls Program
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ



Rachel Shmuts, DO '09
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry
Psychiatry Residency Director/Psychiatry Clerkship Director
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ

  
 

Jennifer Pasqua, EdM
Middle School Counselor
Franklin Middle School- SGS Campus
Somerset, NJ

 

 

October 2020

When to Go to the ER and What to Expect in the Time of COVID-19
October 29, 2020 | 6 p.m. (EDT)

Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a growing trend of people delaying or avoiding going to the hospital, even when experiencing serious symptoms. Join Moderator Dr. Victor Scali and panelists Dr. Tracé Dotson '99, Dr. Michael Ruzek '10 and Nurse Megan Martinson as they discuss when you should call 911 or go to the Emergency Room, and what safety protocols are in place to protect you and your loved ones and the health care providers. The Q&A portion will be facilitated by Melvin Ways, Student Doctor Class of 2023.


Victor J. Scali, DO, FACOEP-D
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director of Problem-Based Learning Curriculum
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ

 

Tracé Dotson, DO, FACOEP '99
Florida Emergency Physicians of Teamhealth
Emergency Medicine
AdventHealth Celebration
Celebration, FL

  

Megan Martinson, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
Nurse Manager
Capital Health at Deborah - Emergency Services
Brown Mills, NJ

 

Michael A. Ruzek, DO '10
Director of Emergency Medicine
Deborah Heart and Lung Center
Brown Mills, NJ

 

 

September 2020


The Importance of Vaccines During the Time of Covid-19
September 30, 2020 | 6 p.m. (EDT)

SOM alumni, Dr. Ginamarie Foglia, Dr. Rebecca Moore and Dr. Kevin Overbeck explore the importance of vaccines for all age groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will discuss the process of creating new vaccines, the upcoming COVID vaccine, getting your flu shot and how to talk with patients who are reluctant to be vaccinated.


Ginamarie Foglia, DO, MPH, FACP '93
Global Senior Director, Medical Intelligence and Patient Perspective
Sanofi
Swiftwater, PA

 

Kevin Overbeck, DO '03
Vice Chair of Education, Geriatrics and Gerontology, New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging
Faculty Member and Clinical Provider, Lions Gate Community
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ

 

Rebecca Moore, DO '03
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Medical Director, Hammonton Family Practice
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ

 



August 2020


Every Pixel Tells a Story, Don't It? Staying Human in a Digital World
Wednesday, August 19 | 6 p.m. (EDT)

Even before the pandemic, medicine was becoming increasingly impersonal. Electronic Medical Records, remote telehealth portals, and now even personal protective equipment rob all of us of the joy of interacting with others in the same way. Dr. Daniel J. Waters '82, facilitated by Dr. Samantha Plasner '02, discusses how to stay connected in a disconnected, prophylactically protected world and preserve what Bruce Springsteen called "The Human Touch."

Dr. Waters practiced open-heart surgery for thirty years and was Director of Medical Education for two decades. Since retirement he is now a full-time author/novelist and Assistant Professor at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine teaching Medical Humanities. Dr. Waters also writes for Doximity.com and is a contributor to other digital platforms for health professionals.


waters.pngDaniel J. Waters, DO ’82
Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities
Author/Novelist
Des Moines University
Clear Lake, IA

 

plasner.pngSamantha Plasner, DO ’02
Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ

 



July 2020


Surviving Covid-19: A Physician's Perspective
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Featuring:
Dr. Ashgan Elshinawy (moderator) - RowanSOM class of 1999, Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist, Pulmonary Sleep Disorders of NJ in Middlesex County, NJ

Dr. David Bollard - RowanSOM class of 1986, Family Medicine Physician and partner with Premiere Health Associates, LLC in Sussex County, NJ, President of the NJ Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Troy Randle - RowanSOM class of 2003, RowanSOM Cardiology Fellowship Director, Cardiologist with Lourdes Cardology South Jersey Heart Group in Camden County, NJ