MD Program - Overview


Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) is dedicated to transforming health care for New Jersey and the nation through innovation and excellence in education, discovery, patient and family-centered care and addressing the health of our diverse community.

The Medical Education Program aspires to be a nationally recognized medical education program that prepares medical learners to become resilient and adaptable physicians who provide high value, ethical and appropriate healthcare in an ever changing system; communicate respectfully and effectively in a patient and family centered fashion; collaborate with other health care professionals to devise treatment plans and strategies for adherence and self-care, tailored to the needs and preferences of the patient; integrate the scientific underpinnings of clinical medicine and best evidence into daily practice; and distinguish themselves as medical professionals in discovery, service and leadership; and that prepares educational leaders to teach, mentor and disseminate educational innovation, discovery and methodology.

Competencies and Objectives

RWJMS offers a Competency-Based MD Program that delivers Flexible, Integrative and Innovative Medical Education. RWJMS has adopted the Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education competencies (ACGME) to serve as organizational curriculum framework for medical students. The block curriculum integrates basic sciences and clinical medicine around multi-disciplinary themes and common clinical presentations. The innovative teaching methods and technologies promotes learning through discovery and collaboration.

RWJMS provides breadth and depth of learning experiences while helping students attain competencies at a mastery level in the domains of:

Compentency 1: Patient Care


Requirements for Promotion & Graduation

A. Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine must exhibit the requisite attitudes, skills, knowledge and professional behavior to complete the prescribed course of study, and must meet "The Essential Functions for Admission and Matriculation" cited in the catalog of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition, a candidate must also possess personal qualifications and attributes deemed necessary to perform the duties of a medical professional. Specifically, all candidates are expected to exhibit unimpaired judgment and behavior consistent with the responsibilities of a medical professional Read More.

Commitment to Diversity

RWJMS is committed to fostering a diverse learning community of students, faculty and staff from a broad spectrum of nations, cultures, and historical perspectives. Our collective goal is to create an institutional consciousness of diversity reinforced with equity and excellence through inclusion, non-discrimination, and pluralism for all members of the University Community. Individuals with disabilities are important members of a diverse culture on our campuses and RWJMS is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Find out more about how RWJMS supports students with disabilities. 

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School seeks to broaden representation among the student body.  Our school aims to prepare our students to become competent, compassionate, culturally aware and sensitive physicians in our increasingly diverse society.