The Hackensack – Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the only private medical school in New Jersey, has started accepting applications for the upcoming fall semester.
According to Dr. Bonita Stanton, founding dean of the School of Medicine, they have received several hundred applications and plan to receive many more.
“The entire process of creating a school of medicine has been—and remains—exhilarating and inspiring. Ultimately every aspect of designing the new school has been focused on our students, who, until now were a concept.”
Kristina Dauernheim, a senior and first-year graduate student in the physician assistant program who is planning on attending the new medical school in the fall.
“I chose Seton Hall because it offers excellent opportunities for professional growth and it is ranked very highly in the nation for academic success.”
Dauernheim is eager to begin her studies at the new facility and feels honored to be a part of one of the first classes to attend.
“We have been told that the school will offer brand new technology that will aide our learning process,” she said.
According to Dauernheim, some of this new technology will include interactive mannequins and video equipment that will allow students to receive feedback in real time on their clinical skills.
The effects of this new chapter in Seton Hall’s long story reaches even farther than just the students.
Interim president Mary Meehan said via email, “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.
“We have a relationship with hospitals like Hackensack University Medical Center, St. Barnabas, and Trinitas hospital in Elizabeth.”
Dauernheim is very interested to see how Seton Hall and the Hackensack – Meridian System have further developed their partnership when she begins her rotations this fall.
“These are the people who will be empowered to deliver the vision and the mission that we have created for our school of medicine.” Stanton said, “The excitement and joy of this undertaking of building a SOM remains as high as it has been throughout the whole process, but with the search for students comes an even greater sense of responsibility and excitement.”
Brynne Connolly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.