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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
C u l t i v a t i n g p a t i e n t - c e n t e r e d
p h y s i c i a n s t h r o u g h s y s t e m s - b a s e d
l e a r n i n g .
he school-wide objectives for
the medical educational
program are modeled after the
ACGME (Accreditation Commit-
tee for Graduate Medical
Education) Competencies
encompassing the six core com-
Patient Care
Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communica-
tion Skills
Professionalism and
Systems-based Practice
The curriculum for medical stu-
dents is a four-year model with a
fully integrated, systems-based
curriculum for the first two (pre-
clerkship) years; core clerkships
(medicine, surgery, pediatrics,
obstetrics and gynecology,
psychiatry, neurology, and family
medicine) and five weeks of
elective time in the third year;
and core clerkships in emergency
medicine, adult or pediatric critical
care, a sub-internship, a two-week
specialty boot camp and electives
in the fourth year.
The first two years of medical
school are spent on the
Piscataway campus
, where
clinical skills and basic science
concepts are learned during
lectures, as well as in 26 state-of-
the-art small group teaching
rooms known as the
Teaching Labs
. It is in this
environment that efficient and
effective lifelong learning skills are
developed for a successful career
in medicine. Highlights of the
preclerkship curriculum include
the longitudinal learning
experience of Patient Centered
Medicine, early immersion into
clinical skills testing, service
learning opportunities and a rich
co-curricular environment of
student-run electives and interest
Students at
Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School
complete the third and fourth
years at clinical campuses in either
New Brunswick
Robert Wood
Johnson University Hospital
, the
school's principal teaching affiliate,
or at other affiliated medical
centers in New Jersey, including
University Medical Center of
Princeton at Plainsboro
Peter's University Hospital
, and
Jersey Shore University Medical
. In addition, a new clerk-
ship curriculum is rolling out at
Somerset Campus
Wood Johnson University
. These fast-paced
teaching hospitals provide unique
opportunities to learn and
participate in diagnostic evalua-
tions, treatment modalities and
community outreach.
The required
Student Project
students to identify an area of
interest related to one of the
pillars of the school:
service to the
patient care
The development of the project
spans all four years and
culminates in scholarship.
Students graduate with a mini
area of expertise and the
beginnings of an academic
With nearly 650 students, the medical school aspires
to excellence across the education continuum: under-
graduate medical education; graduate medical educa-
tion; and continuing medical education. The medical
school strives to develop clinically proficient, cultur-
ally competent, compassionate and humanistic physi-
cians, dedicated to inquiry and discovery, service and
advocacy, humanism and professionalism.