It is my great honor and privilege to announce that Rutgers Health has been accredited as a Sponsoring Institution by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and in this role will be overseeing all of the GME programs at Rutgers, RWJBarnabas Health, and University Hospital in Newark. This designation is a significant achievement for the partnership between Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health, as we continue to build New Jersey’s premier integrated academic health system. TOGETHER we will cultivate integrated programs that attract top-achieving students, trainees, faculty, and clinical providers and deliver future-focused education that will prepare our approximately 1,700 residents and fellows to lead at the forefront of healthcare. We can now begin, in earnest, the important work of broadening graduate medical education support and expanding resources for residents, fellows, program directors, and educators TOGETHER. This will result in the creation of research and interdisciplinary opportunities that are unmatched in the region and will provide a learning environment that nurtures limitless opportunities for growth.
I would like to thank Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health GME leadership as well as all the members of the Joint Committee, the Health Education Executive Council (HEEC), the RBHS GME Committee (GMEC), the Inter-professional Programs Advisory Committee (IPAC), GME program workgroups and program directors for their efforts to guide us in development of highly ranked programs. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Michael Kelly, MD, Interim Designated Institutional Official, and Jaclyn Manzo, Institutional Coordinator, for their guidance and support of this important initiative. Neil Kothari, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, NJMS, and Greg Rokosz, DO, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, RWJBarnabas Health, also have been invaluable during the ongoing integration of our programs. To all of the residents and fellows who currently train and work with us, I appreciate your continued commitment to our common goals as we work to advance the future of health education across our enterprise.
Thank you again to all who have supported this process and those who will be joining us in the future to advance our education mission.
Vicente Gracias, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, RBHS
Chief Academic Officer, RWJBarnabas Health
Chair, Health Education Executive Council