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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School began in 1966 as Rutgers Medical School. In 1970 the State of New Jersey created the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to consolidate medical education in New Jersey. Rutgers Medical School became one of the schools within this university. In 1977 Middlesex General Hospital (now the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital -- RWJUH) signed an affiliation agreement with the University, transforming this hospital into the primary teaching hospital of the medical school. As such, it is the primary referral center for central New Jersey and is a Level I trauma center. In 1986 the name Rutgers Medical School was changed to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The development of the pediatric residency program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School parallels the dramatic growth of the medical school's clinical and research programs. The Department of Pediatrics, including faculty and resident rotations, is primarily based at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital. The pediatric faculty, with over 90 members, and residents provide a full range of clinical services. There are 11 pediatric residents in each class (33 total) and two PL-4 chief residents. Fellowships are offered in neonatology and developmental disabilities, the only accredited fellowships of their type in New Jersey.