Resources for Dental Students

Student Health Services Office

90 Bergen Street
Doctors Office Center (DOC) Suite 1750
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 972-8219

Student Health Services (SHS) is a division of the Department of Family Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, at Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. Board Certified Family Physicians provide a broad range of services for physical and mental health. All physician services provided by SHS are free of charge. Depending on your insurance, some immunizations carry an "at cost" fee. Laboratory, radiology and specialist services are provided within the guidelines of the Student Health Insurance Plan.

All services are completely confidential.

Student Wellness Program

Behavioral Health Sciences Building
183 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 972-5429 (Office)
(800) 327-3678 (Emergencies and After Hours)
The Student Wellness Program (SWP) is a free and confidential counseling service which helps students deal effectively with stressors and pressures related to school, as well as personal problems that may affect their well-being, their home lives and/or their academic performance. The SWP services are free to you as a student, and to those members of your household who reside with you.

Confidentiality is paramount to providing effective student services.  Therefore, information regarding a student will not be released to anyone without written consent from the student.  Additionally, because the SWP is independent from school, the SWP doesn’t share any university-wide databases and/or central filing systems.

The George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences

30 12th Avenue
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 972-4580
The George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences is located on the Newark campus. There are also libraries for dental student use on the New Brunswick, Stratford and Camden campuses. The Smith Library is your primary link to a wealth of resources: databases, full-text books and journals, training opportunities, and research assistance. Electronic resources are available via any Internet-connected computer, tablet or handheld device, whenever you need them.
The Smith Library serves all of the schools, programs, and departments at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Newark, as well as distance health education programs. It is the major health sciences research library for the state of New Jersey. Information & Education librarians have produced over 70 Research Guides, compilations of highly relevant resources from the Rutgers University Libraries and the web. Arranged by subject, the guides are categorized into 20 main areas. Topics include Evidence-Based Medicine and Dentistry, EndNote, Nursing, Public Health, and and information on copyright questions.


Under the University's policy (Student/Housestaff Ombudspersons Policy), each Dean has appointed an ombudsperson as a designated, confidential resource for students and housestaff ("visitors") seeking information or solutions to problems.
The unique nature of the ombudsperson is one of neutrality, impartiality and independence from the School's and University's established administrative structures. Thus, the ombudsperson is not a student/house officer advocate and does not represent the student's or house officer's interests.
The ombudsperson is also not an agent of the institution, is not responsible for academic or disciplinary decisions concerning students or housestaff, and is independent of all administrators who are, such as deans or program directors. Instead, the ombudsperson aims for fairness, and impartially considers the interests of all parties. The ombudsperson does not make decisions, render judgments or administer sanctions. Instead, she or he identifies options, provides information, refers visitors to other resources if appropriate, facilitates communication between people, may mediate disputes or negotiate resolutions between parties, and recommends changes in policy or procedure to School/University administrators.

Student Academic Advisor Program

The RSDM advising program was established to increase student retention and performance. RSDM offers advising to students through trained faculty advisors who serve as resources to students experiencing academic or adjustment difficulties and complement the overall academic advising process. A student who has been identified as having difficulty or who would like this type of support may be assigned to a trained faculty advisor with whom he or she will meet regularly to discuss the ways and means to alleviate academic difficulties.

Tutorial Assistance Program

Tutorial assistance is the interception component of our academic support systems. Tutorial assistance is offered to all students who have been identified as being in need of additional assistance.  Tutorials are provided by upperclassmen who have been selected by the course director as qualified to tutor in a specific discipline.  There is no charge to the student for this service.

The Office of Housing & Residence Life provides on campus living environment that is safe, secure, well maintained, and which promotes personal growth, social development, the celebration of individual differences, and academic excellence. At 180 West Market Street, there are a range of apartment types available for students to choose from including private studio and one bedroom apartments, as well as shared two and three bedroom apartments./p>

Food Services

A cafeteria, which accommodates faculty, students and staff, is located on the B-level in University Hospital. Meals are served during the following hours:
Breakfast 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lunch/Dinner 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Frozen kosher food is available for purchase and vending machines in the cafeteria offer a variety of foods 24 hours a day. The dental school Student Lounge has vending machines that dispense cold and hot drinks.

RSDM Continuing Dental Education
RSDM is a proud member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education. Founded in 1991, the ACDE provides a forum for cooperative, collaborative and mutual support among directors of university-based CDE programs. The ACDE member’s mission is to provide high quality programs with superior educational value to dental care professionals.
The opportunity for students to attend continuing education programs is available through an elective offered to fourth year students. All dental students are encouraged to take part in the many educational activities offered by the division.