NEW JERSEY REGISTER
VOLUME 38, ISSUE 6
ISSUE DATE: MARCH 20, 2006
LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
Notice of Public Hearing
Notice of Consideration of Application to Operate a School of Medicine in New Jersey filed by Touro College, with an Opportunity Provided to Interested Persons to Submit Data, Views, or Arguments, Orally or in Writing
Take notice that on April 5, 2006, the State Board of Medical Examiners (the "Board"), or a committee, will give consideration to the pending application filed by Touro College. The school is seeking authorization from the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:68-13 and 14, to initiate the accreditation process established by the nationally recognized body, the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) that could lead to the ultimate issuance of a license to operate a private medical school in New Jersey. The materials that have been submitted to the Board in connection with the application will be reviewed, along with the report of a committee that has been considering the application. A copy of that report will be available on the Board's website at www.njmedicalboard.gov or can be obtained from the Board office, at the address below.
Touro College will be invited to make a presentation to the Board and Board members will have an opportunity to ask questions of Touro representatives. Thereafter, members of the public and representatives of interested institutions and groups may submit data, views and arguments on the application, including the public need for a medical school and the impact that the licensure of Touro may have on New Jersey. In addition to giving public notice via newspapers, the Board has sent this notice to individuals on its distribution list, as well as to representatives of the medical schools in New Jersey, the medical education community, medical and osteopathic professional societies, teaching and non-teaching hospitals, the Hospital Association, the Council of Teaching Hospitals, and the premedical advisors at New Jersey institutions of higher learning, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. The Board, or a committee, will convene for this purpose at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at:
124 Halsey Street, Morris Room
Newark, New Jersey
In addressing public need and impact, the Board is interested, among other issues, in any information that may be available to shed light on the broader issues that are implicated.
Will the medical/hospital infrastructure in New Jersey have the capacity to absorb additional medical students, while remaining able to provide the kind of experience that one expects to impart in a clinical rotation?
Will the licensure of another medical school in New Jersey provide training opportunities for New Jersey citizens and facilitate the recruitment of qualified candidates for residency positions?
Will the presence of a new medical school limit the training options available to students of other schools, including those supported by tax-payer subsidies?
Will the expanded universe of teaching facilities enhance patient care and the teaching environment at the State's hospitals?
Will there be an impact on hospital funding, the allocation of personnel within health care facilities or on the even broader issues of physician manpower that can be anticipated?
Individuals wishing to speak should contact:
William V. Roeder, Executive Director
State Board of Medical Examiners
PO Box 183
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0183
by mail at the above address, via e-mail at TouroMedApp@dca.lps.state.nj.us or by facsimile at 609-826-7117 no later than by 4:00 P.M. on March 31, 2006. A written summary of the remarks should be provided at that time, as well as both telephone and e-mail contact information. Specific presentation times will be assigned and transmitted to interested person via e-mail. Depending on the number and their content, individual presentations may be limited to 10 minutes. (Those who do not preregister to speak will be given an opportunity to speak only if time permits.) Written comment is also invited and should be forwarded to the Board office by March 31, 2006. The Board reserves the right to limit presentations that are cumulative or deemed to be beyond the scope of the topic.