RowanSOM Fast Facts
- Established in 1976 as the first four-year medical school in Southern New Jersey, the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) is the state’s only college of osteopathic medicine. Founded as part of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act of 2012 transferred the school and its 32-acre Stratford campus into Rowan University on July 1, 2013.
- RowanSOM is dedicated to providing excellence in medical education, research and health care for New Jersey and the nation. An emphasis on primary health care and community health services reflects the School’s osteopathic philosophy, with specialty care and centers of excellence demonstrating our commitment to innovation and quality in all endeavors. The School seeks to develop clinically skillful, compassionate, and culturally competent physicians from diverse backgrounds, who are prepared to become leaders in their communities.
- RowanSOM is a leader in providing opportunities for medical education to New Jersey students. For the 162 students selected from over 4,000 applicants for admission in August 2013, 88% are New Jersey residents, including 19% of all students from South Jersey. As well as the D.O. degree, the school offers a range of dual and joint-degree options to students with interests in law, management, public health or research.
- RowanSOM is a leader of U.S. osteopathic medical schools in the percentage of underrepresented minority student enrollment and total minority student enrollment. Pipeline and articulation programs support the school’s diversity commitment
- RowanSOM is at the forefront of addressing the need for more physicians; it has expanded class size by 50% over the past few years.
- RowanSOM is a major source of primary care physicians for the State and South Jersey. Of the 2,210 graduates of RowanSOM that have been tracked, 56% practice in the State, and 56% percent of those doctors deliver primary care. For 11 percent of RowanSOM alumni who responded to practice surveys, at least half of their practice hours are in medically underserved communities. More than half of 2014 graduates entered primary care residencies.
- has a robust Graduate Medical Education Program with over 350 interns, residents and fellows. The RowanSOM Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) of New Jersey includes seven hospital systems – Kennedy University Hospital (three acute care divisions), Lourdes Health System (two acute care divisions), CarePoint - Christ Hospital, Meridian Health System, Cooper University Hospital, Atlantic Health (two acute care divisions), and Inspira Health Network (formerly South Jersey Healthcare - three acute care divisions) – and dozens of affiliated training sites across the Delaware Valley region.
- RowanSOM has among the largest number of faculty as compared to all U.S. osteopathic medical schools, with 179 full-time faculty, 43 part-time faculty, and 480 volunteer faculty.
- RowanSOM has a large network of clinical affiliates in South Jersey. SOM’s principal hospital system, Kennedy University Hospital (Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township), and major teaching affiliates, Lourdes Health System (Camden and Willingboro) and Inspira Health Network (Bridgeton, Elmer, Vineland and Woodbury) represent nine inpatient sites in five counties, handle about 80,000 admissions per year and a diverse and growing population of about 1.5 million.
- RowanSOM is a leader in patient care - 250,000 patient visits per year to The University Doctors, RowanSOM’s faculty practice plan.
- Bringing approximately $13 million in research and extramural funding, including funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), into the state, RowanSOM is a leader in research as compared to all U.S. osteopathic medical schools.
- RowanSOM has a strong community service mission, sponsoring the three Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) – the only programs of their type in the state – in Bridgeton/Vineland, Camden City, and Atlantic City for 35 years, and serving Camden City through the Camden Free Clinic and St. Luke’s-Latino Health Center
- The economic impact of the Stratford campus continues to grow, as it provides almost 2,000 jobs. At the same time, the housing and living needs of the students on the campus are a significant generator of economic activity for Stratford and the region.
- Several renowned Centers of Excellence emphasize the interdisciplinary collaboration in education, service and research that is the hallmark of RowanSOM, among them
- The New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and, over the past 13 years, has led RowanSOM to be consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 schools in America for geriatric medical education – currently ranked 13th in the US.
- The Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute, also celebrating its 25th anniversary, is a national leader in the development of comprehensive diagnostic and treatment programs to address both the medical and mental health needs of children experiencing abuse. The federal government has recognized the CARES treatment program as the national model for detecting and treating child victims of sexual abuse and their families.
- The NeuroMusculoskeletal Institute (NMI) uses a unique multi-disciplinary approach that includes physical medicine and rehabilitation, osteopathic manipulation, pain specialists (including a unique program for pain management in patients infected with HIV), orthopedics, and a medically-supervised gym.
- The vision of RowanSOM is to be the best osteopathic medical school in the nation.
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