Our Commitment to Community Outreach

For us at NJMS, community service is not just a mission, it’s our passion. Throughout our existence in Newark, we have worked to build relationships within the community that are based on mutual respect and a shared desire to improve the lives of those who dwell in the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition to offering topnotch medical care to our patients, we frequently send our students, faculty and staff into local communities to provide healthcare services, screenings and education; mentoring; and counseling.

Some of our most high-profile community based efforts are led by our talented students. Placed above the 90th percentile for underrepresented minority enrollment, New Jersey Medical School’s student body is one of the most ethnically diverse among medical schools in America. As such, whether volunteering with the school’s Student Family Healthcare Center – the nation’s oldest student-run clinic – or mentoring teenage mothers under the sage guidance of our first-rate faculty and staff, our students bring into the community a strong level of compassion, empathy and genuine respect for the people they encounter. What is more, this brand of service learning gives our students the types of experiences that help them to become humanistic doctors.

With the STEP program, we are expanding our training and educational offerings to give students in our community access to practical work experience and service learning opportunities to help them prepare for careers in engineering, architecture, computer programming, marketing, finance, and more.

About Our Institution

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) is the oldest school of medicine in the state. Today it is part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), one of the nation’s largest academic health centers. NJMS is comprised of 21 academic departments, and works with several health care partners. Also, the Medical School hosts 27 centers and institutes. We are dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community outreach. Our faculty includes world-renowned scientists and many of the region’s “Top Doctors.” In 2015, NJMS was named #1 in the state for NIH funding for biomedical sciences.