With 13 teaching hospitals and 4 medical schools, New Jersey is a prime location for clinical trials. New Jersey medical schools also provide top-level training for the medical practitioners of tomorrow.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is the newest of the established schools. Opened in 2014, Cooper ranks as the top medical school in New Jersey and #82 in the country.  It has 114 enrolled students, far fewer than the vast majority of other medical schools in the U.S.

The result for the 114 accepted from the 3,666 people who applied to the Cooper Medical program in 2014 is more personal attention from teaching staff, a better study/life balance and greater opportunities.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School offers a professional medical education and several medical degrees. Fourth-year graduates receive a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The medical school also offers MD/PhD and MD/MPH dual degree programs.

The Medical School is comprised of 20 academic departments and works with several healthcare partners, including University Hospital, its principal teaching hospital. The school’s faculty includes a number of world-renowned scientists and New Jersey’s top doctors.

Home to the nation’s oldest student-run clinic, Rutgers NJMS operates more than 30 centers and institutes, including the Public Health Research Institute Center, the Global Tuberculosis Institute and the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. Research funding at NJMS has more than doubled in the past decade, fueled by an impressive list of groundbreaking discoveries by a cadre of world-class researchers.

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS)

RWJMS in New Brunswick offers a professional medical education for students who strive for a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The medical school’s 4-year program also offers MD/PhD, MD/Masters, MD/JD, and MD/MBA dual degree programs.

The school introduces its clinical program experience early in the 1st year through its Patient Centered Medicine course. The school enhances Clinical training through the use of standardized patients, Objective Structured Clinical Exercises (OSCE), individual observation and feedback by the by the more than 2,400 full time and volunteer faculty.

RWJMS has 20 basic science and clinical departments. It also operates centers and institutes including: The Cardiovascular Institute; Child Health Institute of New Jersey; Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; and, the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey. In addition to its principal hospital affiliate, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.

Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)

Located in Stratford, the public osteopathic medicine school, opened in 1976, is the only college of osteopathic medicine in New Jersey. The medical school became part of Rowan University in July, 2013.

The school’s faculty has a multidisciplinary team-based approach to health care, with an emphasis on primary care. As a result, RowanSOM is a major source of primary care physicians for the State and South Jersey.

The school offers combination degrees including the: D.O./M.P.H., D.O./J.D., D.O./M.S., and D.O./Ph.D. Once they have gotten their degrees, RowanSOM can help graduates find post- graduate residencies and fellowships. The Osteopathic Medicine school has a close affiliation with 600-bed Kennedy Health System and affiliate hospitals. There the post grads may take training in: endocrinology; cardiology; critical care; gastroenterology; nephrology; infectious disease; and, many other specialties.

…And Soon There Will Be 5

Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health have partnered to open a 4-year medical school in Nutley and Clifton. The school – which will be the only private medical school in the State – is hoping to open its doors to the first year’s class in fall of 2017. Ultimately, the partners expect an enrollment of 125 to 150 students in each 1st-year class per year.

The new medical school will be on the former campus of Hoffmann-La Roche. The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners approved the plan in early 2015, pending the approval of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the group that accredits U.S. medical schools.

The partners have combined Hackensack Meridian Health’s extensive clinical and research expertise with Seton Hall’s academic expertise in the sciences, nursing, and health and medical sciences.Hackensack Meridian Health‘s hospitals will be teaching sites for Seton Hall’s medical students. Both partners believe bringing their strengths together will create a world-class institution that prepares top-flight future healthcare professionals.

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