Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow, Tech Enthusiast, Policy Follower

Born and raised in West Orange, and a recent graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University's Internal Medicine residency, and current Fellow of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  My professional interests are in critical care/pulmonary medicine, clinical informatics, health policy, and the intersection of emerging technologies with all of the above.  While I am still exploring my path forwards in those fields, I am always seeking out new opportunities to learn and lead.  In the past ten years, my career goals have changed from computer science major looking at a career in programming, to training to become a critical care physician, so I have made it my goal to be adaptable to what opportunities present themselves and where my passions take me.

Postdoctoral Training
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphia, PA
Department of Internal Medicine
Cooper University HospitalCamden, NJ
Cooper University Healthcare Class of 2019
Internal Medicine Resident Physician
Chief Resident 2018-2019
(Formerly The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine)
Rowan University School of Osteopathic MedicineStratford, NJ
The College of New JerseyEwing, NJ
Academic & Educational Appointments
Third-Year Chief Resident
Cooper Internal Medicine Residency2018-2019

Charged with leading one of the residency’s cohorts (approximately 12 residents), I supervised all the educational, scholarly, and clerical activities of the residents of my cohort. All chiefs were also tasked to advocate for residency program education, assist in housestaff discipline, leadership succession planning, resident scheduling, interviewing and selecting residency applicants, and arranging educational conferences and lectures. During my tenure, I led and completed a project to amicably improve hospital admission procedures among the teaching and nonteaching services. I also created centralized policy guides for clinical rotations, and collaborated on creating a curriculum for starting a clinical ultrasound rotation in 2019.

Resident Quality Improvement Director
Cooper Internal Medicine Residency2018-2019

Oversaw the effective and efficient implementation of all Quality Improvement projects within the internal medicine housestaff. This includes five cohort-based projects in addition to individual or small team-based projects independently undertaken by residents. Position included working closely with hospital informatics and data statistician experts at Cooper.

Intern Bootcamp Course Director
Cooper Internal Medicine Residency2018

Implemented and organized a comprehensive, week-long curriculum for interns joining the Cooper internal medicine residency training program. The curriculum included training on commonly seen medical problems, advice on transitioning from the student to the physician role, and simulation experiences in patient care.

Research & Quality Improvement Experience
Computer-Aided Decision-Making Intervention in Warfarin Anticoagulation2017-2019

Department of Hospital Medicine, Cooper University Hospital, Camden NJ Project Leader (abstract submitted)

Led a team of Medicine Residents through a QI project designed to create a best practice advisory to assist in decreasing missed inpatient doses of warfarin.  This included a database query to our electronic health record to monitor pre- and postintervention warfarin ordering habits with a goal of decreasing both patient hospitalization duration and risk of thromboembolism.  Project was invited to present to the institutional year-end QI Report Out in June 2018.

Effect of Neuroprotectin-D1 on Alzheimer's Pathology: Analysis Using the Retinal Model2013

Department of Molecular Biology, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ Advisor: Venkat Venkataraman, PhD

Managed preparation, treating, analysis, and automation of analysis of animal tissue samples in an ongoing project concerning the effects of various substances on animal models for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Publications & Poster Presentations
  • Kramer D, Kiruparahan P, Flamenbaum M, Scharf M. Quality of Post-Discharge Follow-Up in Patients Admitted to TJUH with Intermediate High Risk Pulmonary Embolism. Presented at Thomas Jefferson University Annual Housestaff QI & Safety Poster Session. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 27, 2021.
  • Flamenbaum M, Roman J. Endemic and Emerging Coronavirus Pulmonary Infections. Am J Med Sci. 2020 June 12.
  • Kramer D, Khaing P, Flamenbaum M, Scharf M. Adherence to the 2015 ESC/ERS Guidelines for Testing and Monitoring Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Presented at Thomas Jefferson University Annual Housestaff QI & Safety Poster Session. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 28, 2020.
  • Flamenbaum M, Wu H, Krishnan A, Rodriguez A, Spur B, Nagele R, Venkataraman V. Effect of NeuroprotectinD1 on Alzheimer’s Pathology: Analysis Using the Retinal Model. Presented at the RowanSOM Annual Research Day. Stratford, New Jersey, May 8, 2014.
Certifications & Licensure

State Licensure

2020 - present Pennsylvania Osteopathic Physician License

American Board of Internal Medicine

2019 – present Board Certification in Internal Medicine

American Heart Association

2012 – present Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider

2016 – present Advanced Cardiac Life Support

National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners

June 2014 COMLEX-USA Level 1 – Pass

Aug 2015 COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE – Pass

Sept 2015 COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE – Pass

Oct 2016 COMLEX-USA Level 3 – Pass

National Board of Medical Examiners

June 2014 USMLE Step 1 – Pass

Aug 2015 USMLE Step 2-CK – Pass

Cooper University Healthcare Housestaff Council2018-2019

Directed the charitable, wellness, representative, and advocacy activities of the residents and fellows of Cooper’s various training programs. Projects of the Council under my leadership included the creation of a quick-reference directory for common phone numbers used by residents, starting multiple recurring housestaff intramural sports programs, increasing options for institution-provided scrubs, and successfully lobbied for several improvements in work and call spaces for trainees. As a part of this position I also served as an executive member of the Cooper Medical School’s Graduate Medical Education Committee.

Cooper University Healthcare Housestaff Council2017-2018

Managed and budgeted for the Council to provide community service, social and wellness events, and housestaff quality of life improvements. The council officers and I also represented the housestaff to the hospital and Graduate Medical Education leadership regarding workplace or educational issues.

First Vice-President
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Student Council2014 - 2015

Oversaw all student organizations and their compliance with the Student Council constitutional documents and maintained communications with their leadership. Took the initiative to create and chair the Task Force charged with creating a new permanent student government for all graduate and professional students under the umbrella of Rowan University. Performed as a representative for RowanSOM to the national Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents and actively developed resolutions while serving on their legislation committee.

Clerkships Representative
Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), RowanSOM Chapter2014 - 2015

Planned the clinical procedures education for preclinical year members, as well as representing the voice and opinions of the third and fourth-year students to the chapter executive board. Coordinated student attendance at events held by the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association, RowanSOM Chapter2013 - 2014

Created such ongoing projects as Halloween for the Hungry and passed a resolution at the national House of Delegates to increase access for transgender individuals to appropriate healthcare, for which the chapter was nationally recognized for community service under my leadership. Organized the National American Medical Student Association’s Empowering Future Physicians Conference for 2013 hosted at RowanSOM as the lead coordinator from the local team around a healthcare innovations theme.  Continued coordinating the ongoing educational Clinical Procedures Lab Series, as well as continued advocacy discussions and events for students and the profession, such as the ongoing lecture series: What Med School DOESN’T Teach You About Politics

National Web Content Director
Student Osteopathic Medical Association, National Board of Directors2013 - 2014

Ensured the national organization had an up to date, appealing, and engaging web presence. Undertook a project to optimize the group’s website content into a more easily navigable format, significantly increased social media web presence, created the first-ever mobile app for the biannual SOMA conference, and organized the first ever live-streaming video broadcast of the SOMA House of Delegates proceedings that same spring.

First Year Public Relations Chair
Student Osteopathic Medical Association, UMDNJ-SOM Chapter2012 - 2013

Maintained communication between the class of 2016 and the local chapter. Created and organized the Clinical Procedures Lab Series program centered on teaching clinical procedure skills such as thoracentesis and cricothyrotomy to pre-clinical medical students.

Patient Logistics Chair
RowanSOM Community Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic2013 - 2014

Aided as a primary leader in the foundation of the clinic, and also acted as the primary manager for adoption and utilization of an Electronic Medical Record system for the free student-founded and student-run OMM Clinic that began operation in 2013 at RowanSOM. Led the student planning group that assisted in ensuring the clinic met HIPAA requirements for its record-keeping purposes.

Committee Membership
New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
2016 - 2019 Technology Committee
2015 - 2019 Resolutions Committee
2015 - 2019 Government Affairs Committee
Cooper University Hospital
2017 - 2019 Sepsis Champion Committee
2016 - 2019 GME PI Steering Committee
2016 - 2019 Housestaff Council
2016 Event & Activity Reporting System Focus Group
Work Experience
Medical Intensive Care Unit Coverage Physician
OnCall Physician Staffing, Philadelphia, PA2020 - present

While time permits during my fellowship training, I have taken on a few overnight shifts per month moonlighting at a local community hospital as the sole in-house physician for their 12 bed MICU. This role places me as the only physician responding to emergencies and critical patients outside of the emergency department. Other common duties include leading rapid response teams, cardiac arrests, and stroke alerts throughout this 200-bed acute care hospital. Additionally, as the critical care capabilities of the institution are limited, I am responsible for triaging patients for transfer to a tertiary care center for continuous renal replacement, ECMO, or other advanced therapies.

Part-Time Graduate Faculty: MCAT Instructor & Tutor
Kaplan Test Prep, East Hanover, NJ2011 - 2012

Directed MCAT classes, instructing in class sizes of up to fifteen individual students as well as one-on-one tutoring. Graduated Kaplan’s Teacher Development Program qualified to teach all subjects (requiring an MCAT score over the 90th percentile in each subject taught), and completed multiple veteran instructor training programs.

Full-Time Handy Man
LeFrak Corporation, Jersey City, NJ2011 - 2012

Worked as an independent maintenance worker responsible as a part of a team of three for the reactive and preventative servicing of a high-rise apartment complex on the Jersey City waterfront. Work environment was primarily Spanish-speaking.

Part-Time Web Designer
Freelance Web Design, West Orange, NJ2007-2008

Self-employed performing freelance design and coding of web pages for some small businesses in the renovation and contracting field.

Community Service
DOCARE International & ASSADE Clinic, San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Volunteer Physician Extender2016

Served as a physician extender in the rural, medically underserved Western highlands for one month.  Examined patients, conducted clinical ultrasound exams, and worked closely with the staff physician in an almost exclusively Spanish-speaking environment.  Organized and executed a service project to teach over 100 local schoolchildren in small groups about sexually transmitted infections and family planning.

Community Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic, Stratford, NJ
Clinic Administrator & Student Doctor2013 - 2015

Created and refined procedures and policies for patient intake and student doctor workflow as a founding executive member of the clinic in charge of electronic records. Additionally responsible for patient examinations and care as a regular member of the student treatment team within the clinic.

The University Hospital, UMDNJ, Newark, NJ
Hospital Volunteer2009 - 2010

Assisted with maintaining patient data, and assisted nurses and nursing assistants with various tasks. Responsible also for transportation of stat blood work and moving beds on the ward, and ensuring patient comfort post-operatively.

Honors, Awards, & Fellowships
American Osteopathic Association Training In Policy Studies Fellowship

Accepted into a year-long national leadership training program designed to give osteopathic physicians skills to analyze, formulate and implement health policy.

American Osteopathic Foundation Blubaugh/Grogg HOPE Grant

Honored with a grant from the AOF aimed to empower members of the osteopathic profession to provide voluntary medical support on humanitarian medical service trips.

RowanSOM Alumni Association Student Scholarship
2015, 2016

Recognized for excellence in and out of the classroom by the Alumni Association.  Selection factors included academic progress, financial need, and support of alumni and school activities.

Omega Beta Iota

Inducted into the honor society for politically active osteopathic medical students who demonstrate excellence and commitment to physician positive change in healthcare politics.

UMDNJ-SOM Summer Medical Research Fellowship

Awarded a funded position with an SOM faculty mentor on a research project to promote and facilitate education in scientific research activities at a professional level.

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents TOUCH Silver Award

Awarded the Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health Silver Award for completing over 50 hours of community service during the prior year.

Eagle Scout Award

Earned the highest distinction offered by the Boy Scouts of America for planning, leading, and completing a community service project and many other requirements.

Professional Affiliations
Special Skills & Hobbies
  • Computer/Programming skills:
  • Knowledgeable in HTML, Javascript, PHP, and the Java programming language.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, many GNU/Linux distributions, SQL Database software, Adobe Photoshop software, and many forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Two time half-marathon Finisher since 2017
  • Amateur Harmonist since 2012
  • Boat Safety Certified by the state of New Jersey since 2012
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors certified Open Water Scuba Diver since 2019
  • Moderate proficiency in conversational Spanish (from international clinical coursework & domestic work experience) and limited Japanese (three college level courses)