Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
  • Do you have dual degree programs? Answer
  • What clinical experiences do students have during their preclinical years? Answer
  • Do the students have the opportunity to conduct research during their medical school education? Answer
  • How do your students perform on the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)? Answer

Questions about Residency Placement

  • May I see the list of specialty and residency programs where previously graduated classes were placed through the National Resident Matching Program? Answer

Questions about Campuses and Student Life

  • Where do students spend their first two years of medical school? Answer
  • Does Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offer housing? Answer

General Questions

Do you have full-tuition scholarships for incoming students?

2015 Inaugural Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Chancellor’s Scholarships, including Up to One Year Scholarly Pursuit

Medical school applicants are invited to apply for this full-tuition scholarship (four years of the curriculum), with an option for a scholarship/stipend for an additional year of advanced study (with or without an additional degree) in any area offered by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, including: biomedical laboratory research, clinical or translational research, community health, health economics, global health, health policy,  public health,  or other area of interest.

Interested applicants should submit an essay describing their desired career trajectory, as well as their specific interest for the year of advanced study, if they are seeking that.  Awardees will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, experiential preparation, and the plan for the scholarly pursuit experience.

Do you have dual degree programs?

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rutgers University and Princeton University offer an MD/PhD program. The dual degree can be completed in 7 to 8 years. There is full tuition support and stipend for students in this program. Applicants are strongly urged to file an application to the PhD program concurrently with the submission of the MD application.

Click Here for additional information on the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

We have an MD/JD program for Seton Hall and Rutgers at Camden, which allows for completion of both degrees in six years of full-time study. Both Rutgers University School of Law in Camden and Seton Hall sponsor this dual degree program. Students must take the LSAT and generally apply in their second year.

Click Here for additional information on the MD/JD program offered by Seton Hall and Rutgers at Camden.

The School of Public Health sponsors a dual MD/MPH program in conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers University. This program for the MPH allows completion of both degrees in a five year period. There is full tuition support for selected students. Students generally apply at the end of their first year, however they may apply earlier. All Medical School first year students may take two graduate MPH courses during their first year at no cost.

Click Here for more information on the MD/MPH program at the Medical School and Rutgers.

Rutgers Business School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offer the dual degree MD/MBA. The program may be completed in five years. There is full tuition support available for selected students. Students must take the GMAT. Students generally apply at the end of their first year.

Click Here for more information regarding the MD/MBA program offered by Rutgers and the Medical School.

New Jersey Institute of Technology and the School of Health Related Professions joins Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in offering the MD/MS Biomedical Informatics. The program may be completed in five years.

Click Here for more information regarding the MD/MS Biomedical Informatics degree offered by NJIT and the Medical School.

An MD/MS in Jurisprudence in Health Law and Policy is offered in association with Seton Hall Law School. This program is specifically designed for those who desire to study Health Law and Health Policy without obtaining a J.D. degree. The program is completed in five years.

Click Here for more information regarding the MD/MS Jurisprudence in Health and Law offered by Seton Hall University.

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What clinical experiences do students have during their preclinical years?

The integrated, multidisciplinary Case-Based Learning course provides a major clinical focus for first year medical students. In the Introduction to the Patient course first year students spend an afternoon a week in a clinical setting learning the "art" of medicine. Basic Life Support is offered during the first year. The second year provides more intense clinical experiences including Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Decision Making, Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Decision Making in Psychiatry, and Human Sexuality.

In addition to the above required curriculum there are numerous preclinical electives including the Emergency Medicine Elective, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Community Child Health, and Issues in Women's Health to name but a few.

Over sixty percent of our students participate in HIPHOP (Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project) during their first and second years. This student created and student run organization has numerous clinical opportunities with expectant mothers, cancer patients, and at risk high school students. Through involvement in HIPHOP our students enhance their health education and communication skills, improve their clinical and interpersonal capabilities and gain valuable community-oriented primary care experience.

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Do students have opportunities to conduct research during their medical school education?

There are many opportunities in both basic science and clinical research settings which are tailored to medical students. Students can get exposure to research in their first year in student electives, and we offer research scholarships for the summer between the first and second year of medical school. These opportunities are designed to allow students to learn about the breadth of research at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, find their niche and identify mentors.

We also offer a year long Student Scholars Program which allows for meaningful experiences in the laboratory or clinical setting. Students performing research can apply to the Distinction in Research Program, where a scientific publication or thesis is written and students graduate with this distinction on the records and diploma.

Click Here to view all available research programs on our Medical Scientist Training Web site.

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How do students perform on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)?

Our students consistently perform above the national average on Step1 and Step 2 of the USMLE in terms of the first-time pass rate and mean score.

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Questions about Residency Placement of our Graduates from preceding years.

May I see the list of specialty and residency programs where previously graduated classes were placed through the National Resident Matching Program?

Click here to view 2014 Match List.

Click Here to view 2013 Match List.

Click Here to view 2012 Match List.

Click Here to view the 2011 Match List.

Click Here  to view the 2010 Match List.

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Questions about the Campuses and Student Life at RWJMS

Where do students spend their first two years of medical school?

All students complete the first two years of the curriculum on the Piscataway campus. This campus includes the Kessler Teaching Labs, Research Towers, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, the School of Public Health, the University Behavioral Health Care center and the Library of Science and Medicine.

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Does the Medical School offer housing?

The medical school does not offer on-campus housing, however most students readily obtain housing in the nearby communities of Piscataway, New Brunswick, Edison and Highland Park where many townhouse and apartment complexes are located. The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Affairs will assist students in finding housing. Two "Housing Days" are held in the summer months and available housing is listed on the web.

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