50th Anniversary Events

50th Anniversary Events


50th Anniversary Celebration Concludes
With the Dedication of a Time Capsule
August 16, 2005

On August 16, 2005, New Jersey Medical School will conclude a yearlong 50th anniversary campaign with the dedication of a time capsule containing memorabilia from the school. Faculty, staff and students provided suggestions for items that would reflect New Jersey Medical School during its Jubilee year such as a white coat, journal articles by faculty members, photos of the campus, University publications, textbooks, ID cards and parking hangtags.

The dedication, which will take place in the Plaza between the Medical Science Building and Twelfth Avenue, will coincide with the school's annual White Coat Ceremony, an official welcome for first-year medical students during which they receive their first white coats.

Image of NJMS Time Capsule

The capsule, a gift from the New Jersey Medical School Alumni Association, will lie beneath the brick courtyard outside the Plaza entrance to the Medical Science Building. A granite marker provides instructions for the capsule to be opened in 2055 during the school's 100th anniversary.


50th Anniversary Research Symposium
April 22, 2005

This scientific symposium, held on April 22, 2005, highlighted current developments and future direction at the medical school, and featured eminent speakers from outside the institution, as well as distinguished NJMS faculty. Topics included: advances in cardiovascular research, infectious disease and microbial pathogens and cancer Dr. Jocelyn Elders, Professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas Medical School, and former surgeon general, delivered the keynote address on Disparities in Health Access. Opening remarks were provided by Russell T. Joffe, MD, The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean, NJMS, and closing remarks were provided by John J. Petillo, PhD, president, UMDNJ.

50th Anniversary Lecture series
Title "Celebrating our Graduates"
November 2004

A commemorative series of lectures took place throughout the months of November 2004 through April 2005. The lecture series celebrated NJMS graduates who have distinguished themselves in the areas of research, academics and clinical care.

Lectures convened on Fridays at 2:00 PM, beginning on November 5, with a lecture by Gerald Levey, MD, '61, vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dean's Distinguished Lecture - Mark Rosenberg, MD
October 26, 2004


The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual event that provides an opportunity for the NJMS community to gather and discuss pressing issues in the field of medicine.

This year, Mark Rosenberg, MD, MPP, Executive Director of the Task Force on Child Survival and Development and past Director of The National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control, discussed the Institute of Medicine and addressed the global disaster of road traffic injuries and deaths.

Additionally, Drs. Lillian and Dr. Mark Rosenberg delivered a special lecture for second year medical students on the consequences of medical errors titled, "Death by Doctor: The Experience of Illness from the Survivor's Perspective."

The series culminated with an interactive dialogue - "The Future of Injury Control is Not What it Used To Be" - between Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the NJMS academic community and the Injury Research and Prevention Group.

Fall Convocation
October 4, 2004


The first Fall Convocation convened in celebration of the school's 50th Anniversary and recognized faculty accomplishments. Honorees included newly appointed faculty and those who have been promoted and/or granted tenure within the past year. The ceremony was followed by a reception in the Grand Foyer where Dean Russell T. Joffe, MD, delivered the keynote address.


Fall Arts Festival 2004
September 13- October 11

Fall Arts

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Since its debut in 1999, the Arts Festival has become a celebrated event eagerly anticipated by the school and community. Each year NJMS faculty, staff, students, patients, friends and family members display their talents throughout the month long celebration, as well as attend and participate in various arts related workshops and performances including a campus-wide talent show. In the past, participants have exhibited a variety of art in multiple forms, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, poetry, jewelry, quilts and needlepoint. In addition to celebrating the wonderful artistic talent of our community, the festival focuses on the importance of artistic outlets to personal health and wellness.