As part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey, the New Jersey Medical School is located
in Newark and the current facilities were established in
1977. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey also includes a second Medical School in
Piscataway, a School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, a Dental School in Newark, a Graduate School for
Biomedical Sciences in Newark, as well as a HealthRelated, Professional School of Public Health, and
School of Nursing.
4-year semitraditional. First and second years: Consists of basic science courses correlated with
problem-based learning and clinical experiences. Part
of the second year is devoted to an introduction to the
clinical sciences, during which the student receives
instruction in history taking, physical diagnosis, and
pathophysiology. In addition, courses in preventive
medicine and community health, behavioral science,
and psychiatry are offered. Third year: Spent in rotations through core clinical departments. This is a
closely supervised, hands-on, comprehensive learning
experience in which the student acquires the basic
knowledge and techniques of clinical medicine.
Instruction is carried out mainly in small groups and is
individualized. Fourth year: Devoted to advanced
required work and elective programs. The required
courses are emergency medicine, neurology, surgical
subspecialties, physical medicine and rehabilitation,
and an acting internship, all of which bring together the
ethical, legal, and social factors that are part of total
patient care. Sixteen weeks of electives are available.
Minority admissions:The school conducts an extensive
recruitment program. Accepted minority students
attend a 7-week summer pre-enrollment enrichment
program. Other degree programs: Combined MDPhD, MD-JD, MD-MBA programs are offered, and a
7-year BA-MD program with 7 undergraduate colleges. A limited number of Academic Excellence
scholarships for entering first-year students are offered.
Minimum premedical science courses plus lab and 1 year
of English are required.Acourse in college mathematics
is recommended. Applications from nonresidents are
encouraged. Consideration for admission includes
scholastic accomplishments, motivation, perseverance,
and mechanical skills. Highest priority for acceptance is
given to those excelling in such attributes.
An Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail system is used. Decisions on promotion are made by executive faculty on
recommendation of a Promotions Committee. Decisions are based upon a comprehensive evaluation of
accomplishments. Students must pass Step 1 and Step
2 of the USMLE for graduation.
Teaching: A campus on a 58-acre site in Newark is the
hub of a major medical educational complex, including the Biomedical Science Building, the University
Hospital, and a library. Other: Clinical teaching facilities include University Hospital, Hackensack
University Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical
Center in East Orange, Morristown Memorial Hospital, and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Library:
Library of Medicine houses 70,000 volumes and 2000
periodicals. Housing: No housing facilities are available on campus, but there are many rooms or
apartments in the local area, and a Housing Office provides support.