A affiliation agreement announced Nov. 9 will be completed in the next few months to define how the university and health care system will work together to establish a sought-after program for preparing the health and wellness workforce of the future and expanding the number and diversity of health professionals educated through Rowan University and Virtua Health.
“We share an overarching goal of creating an outstanding academic health system that improves the health of New Jersey residents by reimagining the education and training of the state’s next generation of physicians and other health professionals,” said Dennis Pullin, president and CEO of Virtua Health, in a prepared statement. “This is an exciting exploration of how we change New Jersey’s role in the future of health care.”
Both organizations will commit resources to expand educational programs, and the agreement will include plans to provide more clinical experiences for Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine students and to increase residency and fellowship opportunities that will serve South Jersey.
The plans include continued professional and career development for Virtua and Rowan nurses through access to undergraduate and graduate programs. And the partnership will allow the organizations to collaborate in research and discovery, thus contributing to the regional economy and the region’s innovation and talent.
In a letter sent out to the university community on Nov. 9, President Ali Houshmand said the partnership “will greatly benefit not only our students, but also improve health care in our region.”
“This extraordinary partnership further helps propel Rowan on its path toward R1 status—a classification that will reflect our capacity and commitment to leadership as a high-intensity national research university,” he wrote.