Leaders across New Jersey welcomed a new era in higher education July 1, 2013, as the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act became effective. The Act integrates most of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, including University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School (UMDNJ).
The dental school is now officially the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. The school’s leadership recommended the new name to reflect that dentistry is a profession founded in biomedical science. The new name more closely aligns with today’s dental education and practice.
“We are very excited about joining with this great university and look forward to many new opportunities and collaborations,” says Cecile A. Feldman, D.M.D, M.B.A., Dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. “We are already discussing possible partnerships in the areas of business, law and research. The School of Dental Medicine has built a solid foundation that will serve us well as we take on our new identity.”
It is anticipated that the integration with Rutgers University will:
- Offer undergraduate, graduate and professional school students a more complete education, with access to interdisciplinary programs not previously available.
- Strengthen public–private partnerships between Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and the health care industry statewide, nationally and globally.
- Create new economic opportunities for New Jersey businesses and residents.
- Launch new research initiatives to address many of society’s most difficult challenges.
The restructuring act creates Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, which includes most schools, centers and institutes of the former UMDNJ. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences also includes, from Rutgers, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the Rutgers College of Nursing, and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research.
“The people of New Jersey finally have the world-class public university that they deserve, with a commitment to excellence in virtually every facet of higher education,” says Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi, M.D., Ph.D. “We look forward to the day when Rutgers University is synonymous with research that eradicates disease and enhances medical care, while providing an excellent education each year to tens of thousands of students from all corners of the world.”