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Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Medical School

Mailing Address
401 South Broadway
Camden, New Jersey 08103
(856) 361-2850
School Information
"Officially launched in 2012, CMSRU was the first new medical school in New Jersey in 35 years. Being a new school afforded us with the unique opportunities to create a culture centered on teamwork, professionalism and empathy. We’ve had the advantage of being able to develop a curriculum that offers dynamic teaching methods that support learning, including a focus on active learning, simulation and early and frequent exposure to patient care" (Source: "Today, nearly 350 physicians are alumni of CMSRU’s outstanding program. They can be found caring for patients and teaching medicine at hospitals, clinics, and offices throughout the region and across the country. With more than 400 students currently enrolled, CMSRU will continue in its mission to help repopulate the physician workforce and improve the health of our community for generations to come" (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The DARI (Diversity Anti-Racism Initiative) Group at CMSRU “is an inclusive group of multi-disciplinary health care providers who support and promote antiracism initiatives to establish a more equitable and safe environment.”
  • As part of the CMSRU Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, the university will “Increase enrollment for disadvantaged and underrepresented in medicine (URM) students of excellence in order to prepare a physician workforce to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse population and underserved communities.”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As part of the CMSRU Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, the university will “Enhance the environment by building greater diversity among faculty and staff; create anti-racism programming for students, staff, and faculty.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, “CMSRU ultimately pledged to become an anti-racist institution and acknowledged that our curriculum should be revised to better train physicians who could help bring about change.”
  • In order to address racism, a new anti-racism library collection was established at CMSRU and Cooper University Health Care.
  • The CMSRU Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society dedicated the Anti-Racism Library Collection “to address systemic racism both in medicine and our society.”
  • As part of the CMSRU Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, the university will “develop new programming and enhance current programming for community health and health equity.”
Symbolic Actions
  • CMSRU students host the Racism in Medicine (RiMC) Conference “aimed to bring social science scholars, community members, and healthcare professionals to educate students on how systemic racism impacts the health of minority communities and underserved communities.”
  • The CMSRU Diversity Council “strives to create an inclusive and equitable professional atmosphere where diversity inspires new angles of inquiry, new kinds of analysis, new discoveries and new solutions.”
  • “CMSRU strives to build a more diverse community and cultivate an environment that promotes a more inclusive culture through strengthening institutional infrastructure and systems to support diversity, equity, and inclusion effort.”
Last updated November 21st, 2022
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