Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
President to Deliver Fourth Annual Brucker Lecture
Steven A. Schroeder, MD, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
will present the fourth annual Paul C. Brucker, MD, lecture on Friday, April
19, at 9 a.m. in the Connelly Conference Center, 101 Bluemle.
Dr. Schroeder will address "The Triumph of the Market: What Does It
Mean for Medicine?" The entire Jefferson community is welcome.
Since 1990, Dr. Schroeder has been president of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, the nation's largest healthcare philanthropy. He continues to
practice general internal medicine parttime at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School and also serves on the editorial board of The New England Journal
The Brucker Lecture, created by his current and former family medicine faculty,
residents and fellows, honors University president, Dr. Brucker, for his
contributions to Jefferson, to family medicine and to American medicine
Expert on False Memory Syndrome to Deliver
Paul R. McHugh, MD, an expert on the controversial false memory syndrome,
will present the 1996 Albert M. Biele, MD, Memorial Lecture in Psychiatry
on Wednesday, April 10, from 10:30 a.m. until noon in De Palma Auditorium,
Thompson Building, ground floor.
Dr. McHugh's presentation, "The False Memory Syndrome and the Nature
of Psychiatric Controversy," will involve the relationship between
multiple personality disorder and sexual abuse, and demonstrate the roles
that depression and anxiety play in the syndrome's origin.
In addition, he will review how artifacts in memory formed by suggestion
or by internal needs can contribute to false memories.
Dr. McHugh is the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry and director of the
department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, The Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine; psychiatrist-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital,
and professor in the department of mental hygiene at The Johns Hopkins School
of Hygiene and Public Health. He also directs the Blades Center for Clinical
Practice and Research in Alcoholism at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
An internationally recognized scholar and psychiatrist, Dr. McHugh has been,
since 1982, the associate editor of the American Journal of Physiology and
a member of the editorial boards of several psychiatric journals and book
series, including Psychological Medicine, Comprehensive Psychiatry and the
Handbook of Psychiatry (Cambridge University Press).
The annual Biele Lectureship honors an outstanding Jefferson physician,
scholar and professor of psychiatry.
For further information or reservations, contact Karl Doghramji, MD, at
Beth Israel's Dermatologist-in-Chief Presents
Kenneth Arndt, MD, dermatologist-in-chief at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital
and professor of dermatology at the Harvard University School of Medicine,
will present the 12th annual Herbert A. Luscombe, MD, Visiting Lectureship
on Wednesday, April 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Connelly Conference Room
of the Bluemle Life Sciences Building. The lecture is open to the entire
Dr. Arndt will discuss, "The Dermatologist and Clinical Literature
­p; Too Many Journals and Too Little Time."
The Herbert A. Luscombe Lectureship was established in 1983 to honor Dr.
Luscombe, who served as chairman of the department of dermatology at Jefferson
from 1959 to 1986. The lectureship award is based on the recipient's outstanding
contributions to both the clinical and research areas of dermatology.
Frederick Breitenfeld, PhD, Jefferson Trustee,
Addresses Computers in Healthcare Education Symposium
Frederick Breitenfeld, PhD, president of WHYY television and radio, will
be a keynote speaker for the 11th Computers in Healthcare Education Symposium,
"The Virtual Medical School," April 24 to 26, at Jefferson Alumni
Hall. Dr. Breitenfeld, a member of Jefferson's Board of Trustees, will speak
on "Technology in Education: Notes from a Wounded Warrior," following
the symposium banquet, Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. on the 25th, Gary Malet, MD, a family physician and member
of the American Medical Informatics Association Internet Working Group,
will deliver his keynote address, "Medical Matrix," describing
an Internet-linked database of electronic resources dealing with clinical
The symposium is sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University, the Health Sciences
Libraries Consortium and Apple Computer, Inc.
All Jeffersonians are eligible for a discounted registration fee of $50
covering two days of exhibits, talks, demonstrations and wine and cheese
reception. For registration information, call the Office of Academic Computing at 3-5523 or email to Rodney.B.Murray@mail.tju.edu.
Assistance for the Delicate Art of Nursing
Despite the many benefits of breastfeeding and the emotional appeal of bonding
with their newborns, sometimes the most natural act between a mother and
her new baby doesn't happen easily. Without the right information or support,
breastfeeding can be a bewildering task instead of one of the greatest joys
of motherhood. Fortunately, at Jefferson, there is plenty of help for new
mothers with questions or concerns about breastfeeding-related topics. Certified
lactation consultants provide routine breastfeeding information to new mothers
while they are still in the hospital. And during the trying first weeks
and months at home, lactation consultants confer over the phone with mothers
who may be experiencing challenges with breastfeeding. You can reach a lactation
consultant at 6665. Calls are returned every 24 hours. This is also the
number to call if you'd like information about Jefferson's lacation lounge.
Your Guide to AISR's Technological Changes
To better serve library patrons, Academic Information Services and Research
(AISR) has installed an automated telephone system. After dialing AISR's
new main number 503-AISR, you'll be given a list of options. For instance,
you can register for an AISR class, speak to a reference librarian, a circulation
desk staff member or someone from the Office of Academic Computing or Medical
AISR is installing a more powerful e-mail system that will accommodate a
greater number of accounts and make it easier for users to transfer files.
Students and employees who have an AISR e-mail account must transfer messages
and addresses from their old account by April 15. For more information about
the new e-mail system, call 6874.
If you're accustomed to the brilliant graphics and hypertext mark-up langugage
of the World Wide Web, you'll love the new look and the expanded search
options of the Thomcat catalog system. The improved catalog system combines
text, visuals and hypertext-highlighted words that link you to related information
elsewhere. In addition to being able to access the library's holdings, you
can click on the reserve desk symbol and find out what material is on reserve,
and reserve or request a book ­p; things you couldn't do on-line before.
Click on the user services symbol and see what library materials are checked
out in your name, whether you owe the library money and even do an inter-library
loan on-line instead of filling out paperwork. You can access the new Thomcat
system from home as well as the office. In order to use these new features,
you must stop by the circulation desk and complete a new patron record profile.
Outpatient Laboratory Extends Hours
The Outpatient Laboratory on 10th Street, Suite 1113, Gibbon Building, is
now open Wednesday evenings until 7:30 p.m. for the convenience of patients.
Appointments are unnecessary for patients' specimen collections. For a recorded
message with directions to the Outpatient Laboratory, patients may call
955-7113. To speak with a staff member, please call 955-7114.
Admissions for eight months of this fiscal year (July ­p; February) were
828 or 4.7 percent below last year. In addition, the average length of stay
for the hospital was only 6.21 days, which is a half day below the prior
year. Patient days are another critical indicator of the need to save costs
since approximately one half of the insurers now pay a daily rate. The hospital's
patient days were 15,548 below last year, reports Walter E. Moore, assistant
executive hospital director for fiscal operations.