Integrating the School of Osteopathic Medicine and Rowan University
Combine one outstanding University and one outstanding School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) and the possibilities are endless.
Adds a medical school
The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act incorporates the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J., as part of Rowan University. (SOM previously had been part of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, which the Restructuring Act dissolved.)
With that move, Rowan now becomes only the second university in the nation with both M.D. and D.O. medical programs, as SOM joins Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (Camden, N.J.) as part of the Rowan family. Along with SOM, the Stratford campus' Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), with approximately 200 students, is joining Rowan.
With both D.O. and M.D. programs, Rowan will become a critical educator of the future doctors of New Jersey as well as health care providers in other fields.
Sparks greater funding
SOM is an excellent fit with Rowan, ranking in the top three osteopathic medical schools in the nation in attracting research funding (last year it obtained close to $13 million in external funding from well-respected organizations, including the National Institutes of Health). Now educating close to 650 medical students, SOM has strong representation from New Jersey (81 percent of students) and South Jersey (17 percent). Half of SOM's more than 2,200 graduates practice in the State.