On March 23, Seton Hall’s School of Medicine announced via email that it will now be accepting applications for its inaugural class in light of the school recently receiving preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME).
The email also stated that along with the opening of the School of Medicine, Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences will be moving “to create a state-of-the-art Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Nutley and Clifton, NJ, later this spring.”
Bonita Stanton, dean of the School of Medicine, said that the inaugural class of the School of Medicine will consist of 55 students. Dr. Mary Meehan, interim president of Seton Hall, said that 25 percent of the class is guaranteed to Seton Hall graduates.
Stanton wrote in an email about her thoughts on the School of Medicine taking this next step in accepting applications.
“The entire process of creating a school of medicine has been—and remains—exhilarating and inspiring,” Stanton said. “Ultimately every aspect of designing the new school has been focused on our students, who, until now were a concept.”
Stanton also said that this phase of beginning to build their first class, is the most important part of creating a new school.
“In this last—but ever-so-important—phase, the phrases “our students” or “the inaugural class” will be replaced with actual people with histories, personalities and aspirations,” she said.
Dr. Mary Meehan, shared her thoughts on the School of Medicine now accepting applications.
“The opening of the School of Medicine is an exciting time for not just the Seton Hall and Hackensack Meridian communities, but for all of us who live in or care about New Jersey,” she said. “We have the opportunity to create a health care delivery model that focuses on population health and prepares students from multiple disciplines to learn and work in an integrated model that will result in even more seamless and effective outcomes for our citizens.”
Meehan also shared a piece of advice to all the students that are be affected by this change.
“For our students, the School’s opening provides more opportunities to be proud of our University,” she said. “Whether students are enrolled or not in the College of Nursing, SHMS or the Medical School, there will be wide and positive effects for the entire University including increased visibility, more jobs, and an even greater focus on our role within the larger NJ community.”
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