Curriculum

Announcement: New Curriculum in 2021

Mission

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

PACCE

Research shows that health care outcomes and costs in the United States are strongly linked to the availability of primary care physicians. Primary care reduces hospital emergency visits and provides effective management of long-term chronic illness, both of which help reduce healthcare costs. Primary care helps patients live longer, healthier lives. Primary care is considered the "backbone" of our health care system and the need for primary care physicians is greater now as our health care system continues to change.

Taking the lead to meet this demand, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offers a three-year accelerated primary care track - the Primary Accelerated Continuity Care Experience (PACCE). After completing this three-year curriculum, students move on to residency at one of the RWJMS affiliated Family Medicine Residency programs.

This track includes early, immersive clinical experiences in family medicine during the pre-clerkship phase of the curriculum and longitudinal primary care experiences during the clerkship phase. Students are engaged in clinical learning during the summer following their first year at RWJMS. 

The program affords students the opportunity to follow patients and their families over time through traditional, in-patient encounters, as well as through ambulatory care experiences. PACCE exposes students to the challenges of managing long-term illnesses and provides insight into the relationship between patient and healthcare provider. The PACCE program provides students the opportunity to experience enhanced continuity of care experiences and continuity of faculty mentorship. Longitudinal relationships between faculty mentors, other health professionals, patients and a medical student cohort are salient features of the track. 

Students in the accelerated track are responsible for all pre-clerkship and clerkship requirements. Students  have ample opportunity to explore and learn in hospital and other acute care settings in addition to the primary care environment. This track aims to show learners the joy of primary care and prepare them to function as resident physicians at the end of three years.

Curriculum

Requirements for Promotion & Graduation

 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.