Rutgers officially added two medical schools on Monday in a university reconfiguration that officials hope will turn the school into a medical research powerhouse.
The state's flagship public university absorbed most of the schools and institutes in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which was dissolved. Rowan University added the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford and received state recognition as a comprehensive research university. University Hospital in Newark became a free-standing state-owned institution.
The changes took effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday with modified websites and computer systems. Later in the day, there was pageantry on campuses, including unfurling Rutgers banners in a former UMDNJ building in Piscataway.