An illustration about the new curriculum with students writing on a dry erase board and the 5 Cs in the foreground
Fall 2021

New Curriculum Meets Challenges that Awaits Tomorrow's Physicians

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Message from the Dean

Message from Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our latest all-digital issue of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine.

Since our last magazine, the COVID-19 global pandemic continued to descend on humanity with devastating effect, resulting in increased challenges and loss of life experienced by so many individuals and families across our state, our country, and the world. This past year has given us all new perspective and, with that, hope. In less than one year, basic and translational scientists produced efficacious vaccines, and physicians, nurses, and public health officials worked to distribute them across the country, saving countless lives. The medical school has contributed in significant ways to the efforts, facilitating approximately 200,000 COVID tests, performing tens of thousands of vaccinations in the community, conducting research that has helped provide greater clarity about the disease, as well as clinical trials leading to the Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccines and medication, and providing clinical care to COVID patients in the hospital, our ambulatory clinics, the Emergency Department, Chandler Health Center, and through the use of telemedicine.

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In this Issue

Alumni Profiles


New Curriculum Meets Challenges that Await Tomorrow’s Physicians

By: Jennifer Forbes Mullenhard

A collaborative effort involving the medical school’s Office of Education, Curriculum Committee, and more than a dozen Student Curriculum Reform Fellows developed a reformed and revitalized curriculum to help prepare our future physicians to meet the demands of an ever-changing industry. Learn more about what was involved and the new integrated approach that incorporates the “five C’s.”

News Briefs

Student’s Disability Helps Him Connect with Patients

By: Lisa Intrabartola

Photo by Nick Romanenko

When Tom Pisano started making rounds in his wheelchair, he worried his patients would consider him less capable than his medical school peers. However, he quickly found it had the opposite effect on patients.


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