Safe and Sound, a sexual assault and domestic violence center, opened in December in the Emergency Department at UMDNJ-University Hospital. As the designated county rape center for Essex County, it serves women ages 13 and over by offering medical care, legal information, counseling and a 24-hour crisis hotline. It is funded by the Violence Institute of New Jersey at UMDNJ and the New Jersey Division on Women.
Mini-Medical School is coming to Newark. The 10-course program, which begins March 1, is jointly sponsored by UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and UMDNJ-University Hospital. Each session begins with a dinner and is followed by a lecture presented by a medical school faculty member. Lectures include: What Is This Thing Called Life?; Why We Sneeze, Wheeze and Itch; Ethical Challenges in Modern Medicine; and Epidemics, New and Old. For more information, contact Catherine M. Stefanelli at 973-972-7072. UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is sponsoring its third annual Mini-Medical School. It begins on March 15. For more information, call 732-235-7550.
Stuart D. Cook, MD, president of UMDNJ, announced the formation of a task force to study the high incidence of black infant mortality in New Jersey at a news conference in Livingston on October 25. The task force - a critical component of a two year, $1 million public awareness campaign being conducted by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services - will bring together a range of specialists, including epidemiologists, pediatricians and public health experts, to help find solutions. Co-chairs of the task force are Denise V. Rodgers, MD, associate dean for community health at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Donald Louria, MD, chair of preventive medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.