Welcome Spring with the Universitys Choir and
Orchestras Spring Concert
The Thomas Jefferson University Choir and Orchestra will present their annual spring
concert on Friday, April 9th, 1999 at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 17th and Sansom
Streets in Philadelphia. The program will feature Faures Requiem as well as
selections from Gershwins Porgy and Bess. Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, Professor of
Otolarnygology-Head and Neck Surgery at Jefferson, directs the choir composed of Jefferson
physicians, nurses, students, employees, alumni and spouses. This concert is free and open
to the public. For further information, call 215-545-3322.
Jefferson Celebrates Earth Day April 22
Join your colleagues on Scott Plaza for Jeffersons Earth Day celebration on April
22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include music, food, awards, prizes and useful
information provided by participating Jefferson departments as well as by outside vendors
This year marks the 29th anniversary of Earth Day, which was established to promote
awareness and foster stewardship of the environment and our natural resources.
IVF Patient Information Seminars April 27, May 25,
Patients and employees wishing to learn about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and related
assisted reproductive technologies (ART) can attend free evening seminars from 7 to 9 p.m.
at either the Jefferson or Plymouth Meeting locations.
The seminars are conducted by Pennsylvania Reproductive Associates at Jefferson who
encourage anyone contemplating any assisted reproductive technology to attend.
The next seminars are April 27 and June 22 in the Solis-Cohen Auditorium, Jefferson
Alumni Hall (RSVP 215-829-5095) and May 25 at 5217 Militia Hill Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA
19462 (RSVP 610-834-1140, Ext. 326). These presentations are held on a regular basis. For
more information, please call the numbers given above, or visit our Web site at http://www.jeffersonhealth.org/ad_ivf.html
Jefferson Sponsors Annual Dash for Organ Donor
This month, the 4th Annual Dash for Organ Donor Awareness kicks off the National Organ and
Tissue Donor Awareness Week with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau
Hospital among the sponsors. The Sunday, April 18 Dash is a 10-K (6.2 miles) run and 3-K
(1.8 miles) walk designed to help promote organ and tissue donation. Locally 3,000 people
are waiting for the gift of a life-saving organ transplant. Nationally there are more than
62,000 people waiting for organs.
The Dash was created in memory of a liver transplant candidate who died before a liver
could be found. Proceeds from this event will fund public education programs about organ
and tissue donation and the success of transplantation, and Team Philadelphias
participation in the U.S. Transplant Games.
For more information, call Kim Evans, Administrative Manager for Transplant Services,
S.T.A.R. Tip Good Listening Skills
An easy way to make our customers feel important is to listen to whats on their
minds. Follow the suggestions below to fine-tune your listening skills:
- Give the person your undivided attention. Dont interrupt. Eliminate distractions.
- Show sincere interest in every persons situation. Respond cordially and
- Paraphrase the content: So, what youre saying is... and state the
implications: Would that mean that you...
- Once the communication channel is opened, keep it flowing freely. Let patients know they
have your attention. Encourage the flow with questions such as Im glad
youre bringing this to my attention. What else happened?
- During face-to-face conversation, nonverbal listening responses such as an open
posture, nodding your head occasionally, maintaining eye contact and leaning toward
the patient also signal youre listening to the patient.
Jefferson Graduate Receives Presidential early
Mark E. Brezinski, MD, PhD, a 1988 graduate of the Jefferson Medical College (JMC)
combined MD/PhD Dunglison Scholar Program, received a Presidential Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States
government on 60 outstanding young scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of
their independent research careers. Each recipient receives up to $500,000 over a
five-year period to further their research.
The National Institutes of Health nominated Dr. Brezinski for the award for his work in
the creation of a new imaging technology referred to as optical coherence tomography or
OCT. The magnification of OCT is so great that the nuclei of individual cells can be
viewed within living tissue. This technology will be most beneficial in situations where
conventional biopsy is dangerous or ineffective.
While at Jefferson, Dr. Brezinskis PhD thesis research was under the supervision
of Allan M. Lefer, PhD, Chair and Professor of Physiology, JMC. Dr. Brezinski is currently
an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Assistant in Medicine at
Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of
New Physician Joins University Health Services
Marilyn Bradford, MD, has joined Jefferson as a staff physician with University Health
Services and an Instructor in Family Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson
University. Dr. Bradford comes to Jefferson from the University of Pennsylvania where she
worked for over 20 years as a staff physician at the Student Health Service and as a
Clinical Assistant Instructor in Medicine. Dr. Bradford received her medical degree from
Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family
Wellcome Lecture Given on Campus
Through an award sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and The Federation of American
Societies for Experimental Biology, Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Senior Staff Fellow
and Head, Unit on Organelle Biology, National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development, National Institutes of Health, will visit campus to engage in teaching and
discussion with students, staff and faculty. The presentation is entitled Unraveling
Membrane Trafficking Pathways with Green Fluorescent Protein Chimeras and will take
place on Tuesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Connelly Conference Room. Dr.
Lippincott-Schwartz will also be available at an informal seminar on Wednesday, April 7 in
107 BLSB at 1 p.m. The events sponsor and host is James K. Keen, PhD, Professor,
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Pharmacology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University and Associate
Director, Basic Sciences Division, Kimmel Cancer Center.
Cancer Researchers From Across the Nation Gather at
Jeffersons Kimmel Cancer Center
Researchers from nationally recognized cancer centers will gather at Jeffersons
Kimmel Cancer Center for a two-day symposium, Structural Chemistry and Biology of
Cancer and Immune Disease: From Basic Research to the Clinic. The symposium, chaired
by Ziwei Huang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Jefferson Medical
College, will take place on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9, at 105 Bluemle Life
This two-day symposium will bring together a group of scientists, working in diverse
fields such as biology and immunology of cancer and immunologic disease, protein and
peptide chemistry, experimental therapeutics, structural biology, rational drug design,
and clinical trial, to discuss current structural, chemical and biological approaches to
problems related to cancer, HIV infection, and immune disease and translation of
discoveries in basic science into potential new therapeutics.
Come to International Day April 10 On Scott Plaza
noon to 4 p.m.
Join the Jefferson community for an International Day of food, entertainment including The
Five Spot Dancers, pinatas and booths from college organizations. Bring friends and family
for a day of fun. Everyone is welcome.
The day will feature food from various countries and cultures including Israel, Italy,
India, Iran, France, Ethiopia, China, and South American countries including Brazil.
Hawaii will also be represented.
There will be talent performances with cultural themes throughout the day by both
campus and off-campus groups.
International Day is sponsored by the Student Affairs Committee of Jefferson Medical
For more information, contact Tara Herzberg at Tara.Herzberg@mail.tju.edu and Minh
Thieu at Minh.Thieu@mail.tju.edu
Its Time for Spring Cleaning
Your Files Week Begins April 26
Jefferson encourages all employees to make cleaning out files and recycling old materials
a priority during the week of April 26. Department heads will soon receive additional
information on how to obtain containers to accommodate old files, newspapers and magazines
Once youre in the swing of cleaning out paper files, take some time to remove old
files from your computer and clean out your e-mail messages. And dont forget your
voice mail message box!