UMDNJ History & Timeline
You may require some kind of historical background on the University. Therefore, we include as background information a chronology of important dates in UMDNJ's history.
New Jersey's first programs of medical and dental education established with the incorporation of Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry on August 6. The college, located at Jersey City Medical Center, enrolled its first class in 1956. It was the forerunner of the New Jersey Medical School, the New Jersey Dental School, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry acquired by the State of New Jersey and renamed the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry (NJCMD) under a contract signed on May 3. Two years later, the medical school relocated to temporary facilities in Newark, although the dental school remained in Jersey City until 1977.
Martland Hospital acquired by the State as the primary teaching facility for NJCMD. (Closed as a healthcare facility in 1979, the Martland Building currently houses the School of Health Related Professions, the School of Nursing, and various administrative and clinical offices.) The Newark Agreements, an historic social contract among federal, state and local governments and the Newark community, signed on March 1, clearing the way for the construction of a major academic health center in Newark's Central Ward.
The Medical and Dental Education Act of 1970, signed into law by Governor Cahill on June 16, created the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMDNJ) by merging NJCMD with the medical school of Rutgers University under a single board of trustees.
Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., M.D., named the first president of CMDNJ on July 1. The following week, ground broken for construction of a $200-million campus in Newark.
The Newark campus, which included the Medical Science Building, the dental school building, the Community Mental Health Center, the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences and a power plant, dedicated on May 10. The School of Health Related Professions (then called CMDNJ-School of Allied Health Professions) established on the Newark campus as a separate school. The School of Osteopathic Medicine chartered, enrolling first class the following year and graduating New Jersey's first doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) in 1981.
An affiliation agreement with Middlesex General Hospital (now known as the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital) established the New Brunswick hospital as core teaching facility for the CMDNJ - Rutgers Medical School. Cooper University Medical Center, Camden, became core teaching affiliate for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Clinical Campus at Camden. Kennedy Memorial Hospital became the core teaching hospital for the School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Legislation signed on December 10 by Governor Byrne established CMDNJ as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). UMDNJ became largest, free-standing, public university of the health sciences in the United States.
The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, a joint facility of UMDNJ and Rutgers University, established. On July 1, UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School officially adopted UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as its name and Middlesex General University Hospital became Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the first and only multidisciplinary, medical school-based clinical cancer center in the State, formed as a joint partnership of UMDNJ, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the New Brunswick Affiliated Hospitals. The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, a joint facility of UMDNJ and Rutgers, dedicated new facility on the Piscataway campus on October 24.
The University's founding President, Dr. Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., retired and became Founding President Emeritus. The Martland Building renamed the Stanley S. Bergen Building. Dr. Stuart D. Cook named President on November 23. The University established its eighth school, the UMDNJ-School of Public Health on the Piscataway/New Brunswick campus in collaboration with Rutgers. A new Master of Public Health Program would be offered in 1999 on the Newark campus in collaboration with Rutgers-Newark and NJIT.
Dr. Stuart D. Cook stepped down as President effective June 5, 2004, and Dr. John Petillo named Interim President. Dr. Petillo named President by the Board of Trustees on November 16. The UMDNJ Master Educators' Guild renamed the Stuart D. Cook, MD Master Educators Guild, in honor of its founder.
A federally appointed monitor designated to oversee some University operations.
Bruce C. Vladeck, PhD, appointed Interim President of the University. University’s first student residence opened on Newark campus. Governor Corzine signs legislation increasing the University’s Board of Trustees to 19 members.
- The University's Board of Trustees approves Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CIA marks the last step in a chain of measures implemented in the University's settlement covering two separate cases relating to actions taken as far back as 1993.
- The Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey is dedicated in New Brunswick.
- Peter W. Carmel, MD, professor and chair of the department of neurological surgery at New Jersey Medical School is named president-elect of the American Medical Association, the first neurosurgeon to hold the position.