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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Now Regional Medical Campus for College of Medicine

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 26, 2010

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, in New Brunswick, will now serve as a Regional Medical Campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, based in Philadelphia, Pa. This designation expands on an already existing academic partnership between both institutions. Regional Medical Campus designations are given by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and offer an alternative venue for third- and fourth-year medical students to gain clinical education, providing students a greater variety of experiences. Under the new agreement, Drexel medical students are able to complete all of their required clinical rotations at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Saint Peter’s will provide two years of training in core clinical areas such as surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, neurology, and psychiatry. “We are thrilled to build on our partnership with Saint Peter’s University Hospital,” said Richard V. Homan, M.D., president and Annenberg dean of Drexel University College of Medicine. “Through its superb specialists, impressive technologies, and dedication to serving the community, Saint Peter’s is the kind of institution we aim to partner with when looking to provide our students with exemplary health care education.” “The Saint Peter’s-Drexel University College of Medicine partnership helps add resources of one of the largest medical schools in the country to the central New Jersey area,” said Ronald C. Rak, Esq., president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “Working with all of the outstanding institutions in our area, Saint Peter’s goal is to create partnerships that will allow further development of the clinical and research services available to the communities we serve in New Jersey. Creation of a Drexel clinical academic campus at Saint Peter’s is a prominent step in achieving that goal.” Saint Peter’s University Hospital also continues to enjoy significant relationships with the following medical institutions: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway in the areas of orthopedics and radiology residencies; Rutgers University in New Brunswick through its mini-MBA, leadership and geriatrics certification programs, and Kean University in Union through its BA/MD program. By partnering with all four of these high-quality institutions, Saint Peters University Hospital continues to serve the patients of New Jersey by bringing the most up-to-date research and medical care to the Garden State. ''This academic partnership is exciting because it allows New Jersey to nurture and cultivate its aspiring physicians," said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh. "Saint Peter's University Hospital is ensuring that New Jersey medical students complete their academic and clinical training here and then can go on to practice in this state because of our thriving and exciting research, academic and patient care opportunities." Nearly one in five students who enroll at Drexel University College of Medicine is a New Jersey resident – a significant representation from the Garden State. Now, through these expanded partnerships, it is anticipated that many of those students will remain in New Jersey to practice medicine upon their graduation, fulfilling the state’s need to further strengthen and grow its broad array of health care services. Regional Medical Campus designations are given by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). About Saint Peter’s University Hospital Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services, and ambulatory care. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine and is an academic affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery. Visit www.saintpetersuh.com for more information. About Drexel University College of Medicine Drexel University College of Medicine has established some of the most highly innovative and rigorous academic programs available today, incorporating the University’s expertise in engineering and technology into traditional medical training. The College of Medicine is home to one of the nation’s leading centers for spinal cord research; one of the foremost centers for malaria study; and a highly regarded HIV/AIDS program with extensive NIH-funded research in prevention and therapeutic interventions. Drexel University College of Medicine has been designated a Vanguard National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and is highly respected in numerous other specialties including autism, cardiology, minimally invasive surgery, and toxicology. Visit www.drexelmed.edu for more information. ### News media contacts: Jillian Pearlman, Drexel University College of Medicine 215-255-7331, Jillian.pearlman@drexelmed.edu Phil Hartman, Saint Peter’s University Hospital 732-339-7002, phartman@saintpetersuh.com