Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Prominent plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Elkwood holds appointments as an attending surgeon at several prestigious hospitals and institutions in New York and New Jersey, including St. Peter’s University Hospital, Shore Rehabilitation Institute, and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. In addition, he serves as an attending surgeon at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, an academic hospital affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is a part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. With more than 2,800 faculty members, 3 campuses, and clinical programs at medical facilities across the state, the medical school provides a wide range of opportunities for medical students. Formed in 1961 as Rutgers Medical School, the institution originally offered two years of medical instruction, after which students would transfer to other medical schools to complete their degrees. In 1970, the school joined with the New Jersey Dental School and the New Jersey Medical School in Newark, forming the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Now a four-year medical school, the institution conferred its first Doctor of Medicine degrees in 1974. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the school expanded its operations, forming an affiliation with Middlesex General Hospital, starting construction on a new Medical Education Building, and opening a second campus in Camden in partnership with Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center. The school changed its name to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 1981, and changed it again in 1986 to UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

In recent years, the medical school has continued to expand its facilities and programs to prepare its students for the constantly changing world of health care. The school opened the 225,000-square-foot Clinical Academic Building in 1995 and the 75,000-square-foot Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 1997. In 2005, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School completed construction on the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, a partnership with the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Today, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School serves more than 700 medical students in 22 science and clinical departments and 6 major institutes. The school earned more than $110 million in research grants in 2009, providing an estimated $38 million annually in charitable care to patients who were unable to pay for treatment.

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