Philadelphia-based Drexel University has opened a medical school campus in  New Jersey, according to an announcement made by the school.

The new regional campus, located at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New  Brunswick, New Jersey, will not only offer an alternative avenue for third- and  fourth-year medical students to gain clinical education, but it will provide an opportunity for Rutgers University students to “fast track” to Drexel’s College of Medicine. Through this partnership, students at Rutgers will be able to apply for an early promise of admission to Drexel College of Medicine.

“This academic  partnership is exciting because it allows New Jersey to nurture and cultivate its aspiring physicians,” said Poonam Alaigh, Health Senior Services Commissioner.” 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.”

According to the school’s press release nearly one in five students  who enroll at Drexel University College of Medicine is a New Jersey resident. And 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.