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.
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.
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
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.
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.