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Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Medical School

Mailing Address
185 South Orange Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07103
(973) 972-4631
School Information
"New Jersey Medical School, located in Newark and part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is committed to educating humanistic, culturally competent future physicians. Our community fosters diversity in the medical profession and actively recruits students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine. The school’s longstanding history and the unique demographics within the city of Newark provide an educational experience designed to transform our students into the physician leaders of the future" (Source: New Jersey Medical School was founded in 1954.

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school's DEI policy seeks to "review and modify NJMS curriculum to promote an understanding of diversity and equity across all educational domains."
  • In order to “prepare students from diverse backgrounds to be collaborative physicians, educators and researchers with a focus on the health of underserved and vulnerable populations,” NJMS has an innovative curriculum with a focus on culturally competent care.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school's DEI policy intends to "equip NJMS leadership, faculty, and support staff to address issues pertinent to diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Program and Research Funding
  • The school's DEI policy seeks to "value and support research that advances an understanding of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice."
  • The school's Office of the Dean released a memo laying out their DEI policy, expressly "that diversity, equity, and inclusion enhances our ability as an academic community to foster innovation and excellence."
  • Previously called the Office of Special Programs, the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement engages in partnerships to "embrace and recognize the impact that diversity has on the educational experience of all students and on the delivery of culturally competent quality healthcare."
  • The Medical School’s Library offers a number of resources for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Medical Education that include numerous books, articles and talks to promote anti-racism.
Symbolic Actions
  • On September 14, 2022, the school held an event on the topic of "Implicit Bias and Structural Racism's Impact on a Diverse Workforce."
  • Supplemental to the NJMS curriculum, the Medical School offers seven selective Distinction Programs for students interested in DEI initiatives who will be noted as a Distinction Scholar on their transcript and diplomas.
  • The Medical School hosts monthly talks called Rap Sessions, which are “monthly one-hour sessions for the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion to meet with underrepresented racial and ethnic minority (URM) medical students and discuss current social, political, and health-related Hot Topics.”
Last updated March 24th, 2023
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