On Wednesday, January 25, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie unveiled a plan to restructure the state’s higher education system in a way which, if implemented, would make the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) a “substantially autonomous” unit within the university. The plan follows recommendations by a committee charged by Governor Christie with considering ways to improve higher education in New Jersey, particularly relative to medical education.
Under the plan, the Newark-based units of UMNDJ, and University Behavioral Health Care and the School of Osteopathic Medicine would become a transformed university headquartered in Newark and named the New Jersey Health Science University. In a Letter to the Editor of NJ.com, UMDNJ-SOM Dean Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, wrote, “We look forward to working with the new school in producing more physicians for practice in the state of New Jersey.” To view the committee’s key UMDNJ-focused recommendations, see the web page created by UMDNJ.
The plan also calls for the merger of Rutgers University-Camden with Rowan University, creating a new institution that also would include an MD-granting medical school (Cooper Medical School), which is currently in formation.