Press Release

Date: 03-13-13
Name: Jerry Carey
Phone: 856-566-6171

UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine Ranked Among Nation's Best for Geriatric Medical Education

STRATFORD, NJ - The annual U.S. News & World Report list of America's top medical schools ranks the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) as one of the nation's best for geriatric medical education. This marks the 12th time that UMDNJ-SOM has been honored as a top school in this medical specialty. Other schools cited this year for excellence in geriatric medical education include Johns Hopkins University, Harvard, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA.

“We are both proud and humbled by the fact that so many of our peers around the country have recognized our continuing pursuit of excellence in education, research and clinical care for older Americans,” says Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, dean of UMDNJ-SOM, who is a geriatrician and the founding director of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA) at UMDNJ-SOM.

Geriatrics was one of seven specialty areas included in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Survey respondents were asked to identify up to 10 schools offering the best programs in each specialty area. The results were based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the 114 schools that submitted a response.

All UMDNJ-SOM students receive in-depth training in caring for older patients through a required course in geriatrics and a four-week clinical rotation of hospital, nursing home, clinical office and hospice.

“The elderly are among the fastest growing segments of our population and we remain committed to meeting their medical needs while preparing the physicians of tomorrow to better care for our aging population,” said Dr. Anita Chopra, director of the NJISA.

Through the NJISA, the medical school also offers:

  • A two-year fellowship program designed to train academicians in geriatric medicine, dentistry and psychiatry. This is one of 13 federally funded programs of its kind in the country.
  • Specialized training for emergency medicine residents through a newly developed curriculum entitled “Care for the Aged Patient in the Emergency Room.”
  • Interprofessional faculty development program in aging through the school’s federally funded New Jersey Geriatric Education Center.
  • Continuing medical education programs for physicians and other health care professionals.
  • Public outreach, health fairs and educational programs for area residents.

About the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine
The UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to providing excellence in medical education, research and health care for New Jersey and the nation. Working in cooperation with Kennedy University Hospital, its principal affiliate, and a network of six teaching hospitals across the state, UMDNJ-SOM places an emphasis on primary health care and community health services that reflect its osteopathic philosophy, with centers of excellence that demonstrate its commitment to developing clinically skillful, compassionate and culturally competent physicians from diverse backgrounds, who are prepared to become leaders in their communities.

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