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Piscataway, NJ 08854

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

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Introduction

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has 3 campuses. All students receive their basic science education on the Piscataway campus. Students complete their clinical training on either the New Brunswick or the Camden campus. The school originally was known as Rutgers Medical School when it began in 1961 as a 2-year medical school. It became part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry in 1970.

Academics

4-year semitraditional. First and second year: Basic and clinical sciences are integrated in the first 2 years with emphasis on clinical skills and an opportunity for self-directed learning. Third year: The clinical year consists of rotations through the major specialties and a 2-year patient-centered medicine course, having integrated topics such as professionalism, humanism, multiculturalism, and medical ethics. Fourth year: Consists of electives as well as a subinternship, neurology, emergency medicine, and critical care clerkships as well as outpatient subspecialties.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitmentprogramandoffersa10-weeksummerenrichment program for incoming minority students. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD (RWJMS, Rutgers, Princeton) programs are offered in the basic medical sciences, as well as MD-MBA, MD-MPH, MD-JD, MD-MS in biomedical informatics, and MD-MS in jurisprudence.

Admissions

The basic premedical science courses as well as 1 semester of mathematics and 1 year of English are required. Priority is given to state residents but nonresidents are accepted. Selection is based on academic achievements, MCAT scores, preprofessional evaluations, and a personal interview, which is by invitation only.Applicants must be citizens or hold permanent residence status at the time the application is submitted to be eligible for admission. Transfer and advance standing: Applicants to the third-year class are considered.

Students

System used is Honors/High Pass/Pass/Low Pass/Fail. A passing score on the USMLE Step 1 is required for promotion into the third year, and passage of Step 2 is required for graduation. Teaching:The Medical Science Complex in Piscataway includes the Medical Sciences Tower, Kessler Teaching Laboratories, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, and a research tower and School of Public Health. Clinical teaching takes place at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and other affiliated hospitals in central New Jersey. In Camden, clinical teaching takes place principally at Cooper University Hospital. Library: The Rutgers University Library of Science and Medicine adjoins the Medical Science Complex in Piscataway, and clinical libraries are available in Camden and New Brunswick. Housing: Students are assisted in finding nearby housing.


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