ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON MEDICAL SCHOOL THE MILESTONES 1961: a two-year medical school. The First Step: Planning for Rutgers Medical School, began with a $1 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation to Rutgers University for initiation of 1966: icine degrees. The First Class: The Class of 1968 m a t r i c ulated at Rutgers Medical School, becoming candidates for a master of medical science degree. They would trans- 1962: 1963: gy. All were housed in makeshift laboratories and offices in a converted U.S. Army depot at neighboring Camp Kilmer, adjacent to the Piscataway campus. Appointment of DeWitt Stetten Jr., MD, PhD: fer to four-year schools to complete their doctor of med- Mason Gross, president of Rutgers University, recruited the medical school’s founding dean, DeWitt Stetten Jr., MD, PhD, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where Dr. Stetten served as associate director in charge of research and section chief. A biochemist and an internationally renowned physician-scientist, Dr. Stetten had a passion for excellence in medical 1970: Dedication of the First Building: Four years in the making, the eight-story Research Tower and education that shaped the faculty and students of Rutgers Medical School, along with its campus. The Early Faculty: Dr. Stetten recruited a adjoining Teaching Laboratories on the Piscataway campus allowed the medical school to enlarge its entering class to 32 students. • College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMDNJ): Governor William T. Cahill declared that community health care must have priority over research and the training of specialists. The state legislature passed a bill approving consolidation of Rutgers Medical School and New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry to form the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, with the goal of delivering general practitioners to city clinics throughout the state. distinguished core faculty, establishing the departments of physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacolo- 10 Robert Wood Johnson I MEDICINE