How can we strengthen vital signs for New Jersey?

By educating physicians committed to care and community.

The friendly doctor serving three generations of your family, the world-class specialist within a half-hour drive, the health care provider you trust with your life and with your kids’ lives? They may be among those vanishing, so to speak – the 61,700 to 94,700 physicians who the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts the United States will lack in the next decade, 3,000 in New Jersey alone by 2020.

Rowan University is addressing that shortage. One of only two universities in the nation to offer both M.D. and D.O. degree-granting programs, Rowan is educating 304 students at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, and 676 at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford. And together with Rutgers-Camden, it is working to bring new health care education programs to Camden, where the two schools are an integral part of a growing vibrant “eds-meds” corridor.

But the rarity of two programs at one university and the growing number of medical students they educate don’t tell the whole story. What those schools do, who they serve, how they serve – they tell so much more.

Opened in 2012, CMSRU educates outstanding clinicians dedicated to the community. CMSRU faculty and students live and breathe an exceptional commitment to the school’s mission, working and volunteering extensively in Camden, one of the poorest cities in the nation. Among other initiatives, they coach sports; teach English; and run The Cooper Rowan Clinic, where students supervised by clinical faculty work with patients ages 14 and older who lack adequate insurance coverage. CMSRU’s innovative curriculum also offers an accelerated three-year track for students interested in primary care medicine or pediatrics.

The highlights are a little different at RowanSOM, but equally compelling. Founded in 1976, RowanSOM not only prepares physicians but also is home to nationally recognized programs in child abuse research, geriatrics and gerontology, and more. Among other accolades, its CARES (Child Abuse Research Education and Service) Institute is recognized worldwide for its work with neglected and abused children, and its geriatric medical education program has been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 15 years.

Rowan has been and will continue to make a difference in health care – and the health of the region.

Contact Us: For more information about any of these initiatives, please contact:
Dr. Joe Cardona,, 856-256-4236.