Eighteen students from Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine are the making history – they are the first graduates of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, completing their medical degree in three years.
The medical students started their degrees in 2018 and are graduating from the School of Medicine accelerated three-year program. They will now begin their residencies at various hospitals across our network.
The students will now begin their residencies in a variety of disciplines including anesthesiology, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and neurology at Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, and JFK University Medical Center. The students were informed of their residencies in a virtual “Match Day” held in March – a first for the institution.
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Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University and opened the school on the Nutley-Clifton campus on Route 3 three years ago. The agreement was restructured in 2018, and the School achieved independent accreditation in July 2020, becoming Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
The School of Medicine’s inaugural class in 2018 included 60 students; the other students from that class have opted for the traditional four-year track and will have their graduation next spring.
Enrollment and admissions have increased since its founding. The class incoming in 2019 admitted 90 students. Another 122 students made up the 2020 cohort, as selected from more than 5,000 applicants. The latest incoming class will number more than 150, admitted from more than 6,000 candidates.
The school aims to diversify New Jersey’s next generation of physicians. Nearly half of the class admitted in 2020 is female, and students speak 33 different languages. Half of the class identifies as persons of color (other than white), and a quarter are from groups categorized as under-represented in medicine (URIM).
On Thursday, June 3, 2021 they will receive their degrees at the Inaugural Commencement Ceremony on our Nutley campus. To view the live event, click here.