Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

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Rowan University
School of Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine logo.svg
Established 1976
Type Public
Dean Thomas A. Cavalieri, D.O.
Academic staff 211 (full time)[1]
Students 597[2]

Stratford, New Jersey,

 United States
Campus Suburban
Former names University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - SOM
Website RowanSOM Official Website
Rowan University seal.svg

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (also known as RowanSOM or SOM) is one of two medical schools associated with Rowan University. The school is located in Stratford, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the top medical schools for geriatric care as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report.[3]


The school was established under the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1976 by the New Jersey state legislature with the support of Senator Joseph Maressa, Dr. Howard Levine and Dr. Joseph Riley. Initial classes were held at what is now Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for its first two years until its campus was complete. The first class of 24 students began on September 7, 1977.

SOM's first affiliate was Kennedy Health System/University Medical Center; it remains its principal teaching hospital to this day. It includes hospitals in Stratford (adjacent to the SOM campus), Cherry Hill, and Washington Township. Other affiliates include Our Lady of Lourdes in Camden, Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and South Jersey Healthcare in Elmer and Vineland.

The SOM Specialty Care Center opened in 1987; the adjoining Primary Care Center was purchased two years later. The following year the Science Center was built and the Stratford campus was now home to a unified four-year program two years ahead of schedule. The campus was completed in 1993 with the addition of state of the art teaching facilities in the Academic Center.

On June 28, 2012 the New Jersey state legislature passed the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act which dissolved the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on July 1, 2013, resulting in the merger of the Stratford SOM campus with Rowan University and the remainder of its teaching schools associating with Rutgers University. University Hospital became an independent entity.[4]

The school is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[2]


The average matriculant in the class entering in 2013 had an average MCAT score of 28 and an overall GPA of 3.63.[5]


The school has expanded its class size in recent years, with 135 students in the class of 2013 and 150 students in the class of 2014. The school also offers combination degrees including the: D.O./M.P.H., D.O./J.D., D.O./M.S., and D.O./Ph.D.[6]

The school has a close affiliation with the 600-bed Kennedy Health System, which was formed by the merger of three separate osteopathic hospitals, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, a tertiary, 437-bed hospital in Camden.[1]

RowanSOM has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the United States. The university offers several post graduate residency and fellowship positions through affiliate hospitals including: endocrinology, cardiology, critical care, gastroenterology, nephrology, infectious disease, and many other specialties.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Krueger, PM; Dane, P; Slocum, P; Kimmelman, M (June 2009). "Osteopathic clinical training in three universities.". Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 84 (6): 712–7. doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a409b1. PMID 19474543. 
  2. ^ a b "University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Best Medical Schools Specialty Rankings: Geriatrics". UMDNJ. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Jarrett Renshaw and Kelly Heyboer (June 28, 2012). "N.J. lawmakers pass bill for Rutgers-Rowan-UMDNJ merger". New Jersey On-Line LLC. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Combined Degree Programs". University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Graduate Medical Education". University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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