Legislators from New Jersey and nearby states will get a firsthand look at how medicine is practiced and medical research is done, when the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School hosts "Legislators in the Lab" Wednesday through Friday.
The program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), is designed to let leaders in the health field share their expertise with legislators who have a strong interest in health care policy.
Among the events for legislators on Thursday and Friday, will be demonstrations of research methods at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and tours at UMDNJ-University Hospital of the cardiac catheterization laboratory; the neonatal intensive care unit; the emergency department, including trauma rounds, and the ear, nose and throat department. Special attention will be paid to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
New Jersey Assembly members who are co-hosting the event are Upendra J. Chivukula (D-Middlesex) and Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex).
"It is vitally important that legislation keeps pace with innovation in the field of medical sciences," Chivukula said. "Participating in programs like 'Legislators in the Lab' will enable us to continue strengthening the partnership between government and the state's largest healthcare university."
"With the intense focus on healthcare at the national and state level, being able to meet with doctors, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals on their turf becomes critical," Oliver said. "Only by working together can we hope to maintain New Jersey's status as the medicine chest of the world in the 21st century."
The event at UMDNJ is one of nine "Legislators in the Lab" programs scheduled to be held this year by NCSL throughout the United States.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,700 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and a school of public health on five campuses
Annually, there are more than two million patient visits at UMDNJ facilities and faculty practices at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford.
— TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM