For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Preston
At UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Somerset Medical Center Becomes Major Clinical Affiliate
Somerset Medical Center and University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have
signed a new affiliation agreement which designates the medical
center as a major clinical affiliate of the medical school.
Through the affiliation announced on July 23, Somerset Medical
Center will collaborate with the medical school to develop residency
programs in the areas of surgery and obstetrics/gynecology and
to expand its medical and general education programs and clinical
"This agreement advances our commitment to excellence in the
pursuit of our core missions in education, research, patient care
and community health," said Dr. Harold L. Paz, dean of UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School. "It also elevates Somerset Medical
Center's status and reinforces its commitment to academic health
"Ultimately, our enhanced relationship with the medical school
means enhanced patient care," said Dennis C. Miller, FACHE, president
and chief executive officer of Somerset Medical Center. "Our patients
will have increased access to the latest medical research studies,
technological advancements and state-of-the-art treatments. They
can be assured that they will receive the highest quality care
close to home from the best doctors who have the added experience
of teaching other medical professionals."
Somerset Medical Center has been a teaching hospital since 1975.
Its Somerset Family Practice Residency Program was one of the
original residencies associated with the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School through its network of Affiliated Family Practice
Residency Programs. More than 170 physicians have graduated from
the three-year program.
The medical center will participate in the medical school's
surgical residency program. Three surgical residents will be assigned
to Somerset Medical Center this month and will work with general
surgeons to develop expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Dr. Gary A. Drascher, chief of surgery at Somerset Medical Center,
will be the on-site residency director.
The obstetrics/gynecology residency program is still under development.