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Dean Amenta

from the Dean

W elcome to UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where the endeavors of our faculty and students are evidence of a new paradigm in academic medicine that advances the pursuit of excellence in our four mission areas: education, research, patient care, and community health. In the past year, we established initiatives that reflect our support for this new model — a fresh perspective that frames our approach to educating and training students as culturally competent caregivers, with the skills to be career-long learners, well into the 21st century.

The new academic paradigm has shaped real achievements. We have strengthened our ties to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), our principal affiliate hospital, with the collaborative goal of developing the premier academic health care center in New Jersey. We are revising our curriculum to better reflect a team-based, patient-centered approach to clinical care. We broadened our already diverse research enterprise, encompassing the nationally recognized division of research in our Department of Family Medicine, as well as our new Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and our exceptional cohort of basic science researchers.

In every department, students and residents gained experience with up-to-the-minute technologies for patient care that were literally at their fingertips. We established an Office of Global Health that will provide channels for our faculty members’ and students’ enthusiasm for serving patients and communities worldwide. We expanded our collaborations in the neighboring community, as community health is where all our missions truly intersect. Faculty members created or expanded initiatives that respond to the special health care problems of people in need. Student-run clinics in Camden and New Brunswick continue to expand, providing essential, culturally-sensitive primary care services to those who are underinsured.

I thank all who contributed to our successful shift to the new academic paradigm. I salute your ongoing efforts, your achievements, and your continuing vision.
Peter S. Amenta, MD, PhD