Rutgers boards approve absorbing medical schools

Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2012 at 11:01 am •  Published: November 19, 2012

Previous plans to realign New Jersey's universities have been proposed and studied but have never gotten close to becoming reality.

The most contentious part of the initial plan was that Glassboro-based Rowan University would get the Camden campus of Rutgers. But that was ultimately ditched. Instead, Rowan and Rutgers-Camden are collaborating on health-science research and teaching.

And Rowan, which opened the doors of its new medical school in Camden this year, gets research university status from the state. Rowan is also absorbing the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford from UMDNJ.

University Hospital in Newark, now part of UMDNJ, is to remain a teaching hospital, but will become a free-standing institution. Some employees there have worried that the change will cost them their jobs.

Rutgers and UMDNJ have already been working out the technical details of the change, which takes effect in July 2013.

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