In June of 2009, then New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed an executive reorganization order that called for Rowan University and The Cooper Health System to partner and create a new four-year allopathic medical school in Camden. This partnership has brought together two longstanding southern New Jersey institutions with national reputations and historic commitment to the City of Camden and to the region.
Cooper’s legacy in Camden dates back to 1887, when the hospital opened as a provider of care to all patients, regardless of ability to pay. For three decades, Cooper has served as the primary clinical campus for UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a program that included the entire third and fourth years of medical school. The clinical faculty at Cooper are recognized educators in medical education, and are committed to bringing the innovative CMSRU curriculum to life
Rowan, founded in 1923, has served Camden since 1969, when the Camden Urban Center was opened as a site for teacher preparation classes and community meetings. Rowan’s long history of training educators, as well as its other academic programs and its successful track record of instituting new programs – such as the College of Engineering – make the development of a medical school a natural and strategic fit.
At a time when there is a physician shortage nationally and in the State of New Jersey, the evolution into a four-year medical school is a natural progression—and an economically wise decision. The advent of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University strengthens the commitment of Rowan University and The Cooper Health System to not only the City of Camden and its residents, but to the entire region, providing a place for us to work and learn, but also a community in which together we will thrive.
Camden is our classroom... Camden is our home!