Governor's Task Force Report'

About the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine

Established in 1976 in Camden, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) completed its move to the 32-acre Stratford campus in 1990. It is the state's only college of osteopathic medicine. SOM is dedicated to providing excellence in medical education, research and healthcare and is a leader in educating physicians for New Jersey.  

The school has one of the largest Graduate Medical Education Programs of all U.S. osteopathic medical schools with more than 350 interns, residents, and fellows. Its Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Program includes seven hospital systems: Kennedy University Hospital, Lourdes Health System, South Jersey Healthcare, Christ Hospital, Meridian Health System-K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, Cooper University Hospital, Atlantic Health and dozens of affiliated training sites across the region.

SOM, which ranks first among all American osteopathic medical schools in the percentage of underrepresented minority enrollment (18 percent) and total minority enrollment (54 percent), enrolls nearly 600 medical students. Of the 162 students enrolled in the class that began in August 2012, 79 percent are from New Jersey and 18 percent from the South Jersey region.

SOM students can practice in any medical specialty but the school reflects its osteopathic heritage with a strong focus on primary care. Half of its more than 2,000 graduates practice in New Jersey with half of those choosing to specialize in primary care.

Research and interdisciplinary education play key roles at SOM and students may combine their DO degree with a second degree in public health, biomedical research, law or business management.

SOM also sponsors the state's three Area Health Education Centers (A.H.E.C.s) and serves the Camden community through the Camden Free Clinic and St. Luke's Catholic Medical Services.

To learn more about SOM, visit the school's Fast Facts section. (http://som.umdnj.edu/about/index.html)