New Jersey Medical School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


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.

Unique Programs

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.

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