Rowan Medicine: University Doctors gets a name change

Rowan Medicine: University Doctors gets a name change

By Kelly Roncace, South Jersey Times

Just two years ago, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey joined Rowan University to become Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford.

Since 1984, the doctors, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and therapists who teach at the school have been part of a faculty practice plan known as The University Doctors.

However, beginning today, the faculty practice will be known as Rowan Medicine.

Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, dean of Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, said the transition to Rowan Medicine is "more than a name change."

"University Doctors has been the historic name for the faculty practice plan," Cavalieri said. "These are doctors who are clinicians who are also on the faculty."

He said the name change is a kind of renewal for the practice.

"It represents a renewed commitment to providing the highest quality of care to the residents of South Jersey," Cavalieri said. "It also represents our commitment to innovation and discovery."

As a research university, Cavalieri said the new outlook emphasizes the faculty's commitment to looking for ways to bring the best and latest medical care to patients.

Under Rowan Medicine, faculty will continue to deliver care as interprofessional teams.

"Healthcare should be delivered by a team," he said. "So, to deliver really good healthcare, you need a team approach which involves doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, physical therapists, an entire team."

Cavalieri described the name change as a "renewal plus."

"It brings a new approach to making healthcare accessible and it's all about providing the latest and best in medical care," he said. "We are excited about it. We view ourselves as physicians who care for patients and, at the same time, teach and discover."

The 164 physicians and healthcare professionals affiliated with RowanSOM care for more than 250,000 patients per year at 64 sites in 27 South Jersey towns.

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Date Published: Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 14:45
Source URL: South Jersey Times