About Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

As one of the nation's leading comprehensive medical schools, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. In cooperation with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school's principal affiliate, they comprise New Jersey's premier academic medical center. In addition, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School encompasses 20 basic science and clinical departments, and hosts centers and institutes including The Cardiovascular Institute, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, the Institute for Neurological Therapeutics, and the Women's Health Institute. The medical school maintains educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels for more than 1,500 students on its campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway, and provides continuing education courses for health care professionals and community education programs.

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School strives to achieve a level of gender, racial and ethnic diversity and equity among the faculty, students and staff reflective of the diversity in our society; to increase the number of under-represented in medicine and women faculty in positions of leadership and in higher academic ranks.  Our underrepresented in medicine definition includes Blacks and Hispanics, and women in leadership roles.  This, along with the goal of attracting disadvantaged New Jersey residents as medical school applicants, is what is used for the purpose of tracking students, faculty and staff. 

Previously an academic unit of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School transferred to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as part of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, on July 1, 2013.

The Rutgers University Board of Governors has approved a plan to seek combined accreditation for New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) as Rutgers School of Medicine. It will position Rutgers School of Medicine as one of the leading public medical schools in the country and create a hub of biomedical and health sciences education, research, and clinical care. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has full accreditation status from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME). The next full survey visit will occur in 2026-2027. For information about accreditation status, contact the LCME Secretariat at: LCME@aamc.org

When complete, the new medical school will amplify Rutgers’ role as a leader in 21st-century medical education. You can learn more about the journey toward Rutgers School of Medicine at the “Our Future: Rutgers School of Medicine” website.