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New N.J. medical school accredited by LCME

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 20, 2011

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The first new medical school to open in New Jersey in 30 years has received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, school officials announced June 9.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J., can begin recruiting students to begin classes in the fall of 2012. The news comes about two years after the school's creation was announced as a partnership between Rowan University and Cooper University Hospital (link).

CMSRU has a goal of addressing physician shortages in the state. New Jersey ranks 33rd in the nation in the number of medical school graduates, according to the Assn. of American Medical Colleges.

"The official announcement of accreditation brings us one step closer to expanding the level of medical excellence in our region and creating the backbone for an industry sector in medicine, innovation and technology based in south Jersey," said George E. Norcross III, chair of the school's board.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/06/20/prbf0620.htm.

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