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(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross and Assemblymen Angel Fuentes and Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) attended the ceremonial grand opening of the Cooper Medical School at Rowan University in Camden this afternoon. The medical school is set to open its doors to the inaugural class this fall. The school had 2,900 applicants, but selected only 50 students for its freshman class.

“The opening of this groundbreaking institution marks the launch of the higher education renaissance that is set to bring New Jersey into the forefront of medical sciences,” said Senator Norcross. “Cooper Medical School at Rowan University was built with both its students and the community in which they will be learning in mind, with a focus on urban health care. This state-of-the-art facility will revolutionize the way medical education is delivered in our country.”

“Over the years, Cooper Hospital and Rowan University have separately made a deep commitment to South Jersey and its residents,” Assemblyman Fuentes added. “This partnership, which will bring a student-run clinic to those residents, is the result of their combined efforts to help foster the revitalization of Camden City and economic growth in our area.”

“This is the first new medical school in New Jersey in 35 years, and it is also home to an innovative curriculum that will help instill these doctors with a sense of community involvement and stewardship,” said Assemblyman Wilson. “With far more applicants than positions before the school even opened, it is set to put New Jersey on the ma as a premiere destination for medical and health sciences.”