Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Among Nation's Best for Geriatrics

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Among Nation's Best for Geriatrics


STRATFORD – In rankings released on March 11, US News & World Report has named Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) as one of the country’s best medical schools for geriatric medical education. This marks the 13th time that the school has been included in the publication’s annual rankings of America’s medical schools. The geriatric medical education selections were based solely on surveys of medical school deans and senior faculty.  


“The United States is facing a critical shortage of health professionals who are trained to respond to the unique medical needs of older Americans,” said Rowan University President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “By 2030 one out of every five Americans will be 65 years or older. Rowan University is proud that our colleagues at medical schools across the country recognize RowanSOM’s expertise in preparing medical students and other health providers to meet this challenge.” 


One of RowanSOM’s signature programs is the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA), a nationally recognized leader in education, research and public policy issues involving the elderly. The NJISA has served older individuals and their families for over 25 years while providing training for the health professionals in multiple disciplines throughout the state.


In the rankings released by U.S. News & World Report today, RowanSOM’s geriatric medical education program is listed just behind the University of Pennsylvania and ahead of Columbia University and Wake Forest University. The other schools listed among the country’s top geriatric medical education programs include Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Michigan.


“Our school was one of the first to require all medical students to receive specific training in geriatrics,” said RowanSOM Dean Dr. Thomas Cavalieri. “Being included on this list reflects our long-standing commitment to geriatric education and to the kinds of innovative research and public policy advocacy that improves the lives of older Americans.”


The print edition of U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 guide to America’s best graduate schools will appear on newsstands on April 8.