Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University campus view

Seton Hall Medical School Introduction:

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University was established in 2015 and is a post-secondary degree-granting school within Seton Hall University mainly focusing on medicine. The school was a result of a joint venture between Hackensack University Health Network and Seton Hall and is now known as Hackensack Meridian Health. The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is considered as the first private medical school to open in decades.

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Approach:

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine aims to build its curriculum to efficiently and effectively meet the strategic goals of the school. There will be no difference between the clinical and basic science curriculum. The content of basic science will be presented in the clinical context with clear relevance to medicine. The students will be allowed to learn within an amalgamated curriculum in a collaborative and team-oriented environment. The school makes sure to utilize the best parts of various evidence-based teaching methods and structure its basic curriculum clearly to give students what they need to be successful in the advanced and technically demanding clinical setting.

The Human Dimension:

Along with the curriculum, there will be a direction called the Human Dimension. Through longitudinal and immersive experiences, students will gain an understanding of the community’s and context in wellbeing and health as well as the role of the physician in all the components that contribute to preventing diseases and encouraging health.

Seton Hall Medical School Mission & Vision:

School’s Vision:

The school envisions itself as an institute where every person in the United States, irrespective of their socioeconomic status or race will enjoy high-quality wellness in a behaviorally and economically sustainable fashion.

School’s Mission:

The school’s mission is to accomplish the following goals and objectives:
    • To establish residents, students, faculty, and the school’s community to provide the highest quality care for everyone.
    • To embrace the University’s Catholic and professional roots of reverence for the excellence in medical care, the human condition, empathy toward suffering, and humility in service.
    • To learn and serve from the engagement of underserved minority populations among faculty, students, staff, and community.
    • To amalgamate the lifelong exploration and learning into practice.
    • To work collaboratively with practitioners and scholars of other departments to combine their experiences, perspectives, experiences, and tools.
    • To understand that community, context, and behavior drive wellbeing.

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Strategic Plan:

The following are the few strategic plans of the school:
    • Actively combine the community from the beginning of the student’s education, and consistently engage it throughout the students’ education to establish a lifelong understanding and focus on the impact of the community on health outcomes.
    • Utilize evidence-based and active learning pedagogical methods.
    • Educate and inspire problem-solving and lifelong learning.
    • Apply an interprofessional training curriculum that encourages scholarship and collaborative research, technological competence, and innovation.
    • Develop the Catholic values of humility, empathy, and respect for life across the school and healthcare delivery systems, and altruism.
    • Promote the engagement of underserved minority in medicine populations among staff, faculty, students, and community.

Contact Information:

  • Location: 340 Kingsland St, Nutley, NJ 07110, United States.
  • Contact:shu.edu. (973) 313-6146.

Seton Hall Medical School Academic Departments:

Clinical Departments:

    • Department of Urology
    • Department of Radiology
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Department of Pediatrics
    • Department of Pathology
    • Department of Otolaryngology
    • Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    • Department of Ophthalmology
    • Department of Oncology
    • Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Department of Neurosurgery
    • Department of Neurology
    • Department of Internal Medicine
    • Department of General Surgery
    • Department of Family Medicine
    • Department of Emergency Medicine
    • Department of Cardiology
    • Department of Anesthesiology

Medical Sciences Departments:

The Department of Medical Sciences houses teachers, clinicians, and scientists involved in all the fields of health systems, biomedical, and population health science research and education. From health systems science to community engagement to drug discovery, the department desired to help establish the most patient-centric, culturally competent, and scientifically prepared physicians possible.

Seton hall Admission Requirements:


Those applicants seeking admission to Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University are required to complete both a SOM Secondary Application and the American Medical College Application Service application (AMCAS).

Degree and Course Requirements:

All the candidates applying to SOM are required to complete all prerequisite sources given below and are required to have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college by the time of matriculation. The school will consider Advanced Placement (AP) credits only if the credits will appear as earned credits on the applicant’s transcript. Irrespective of any degree, the following courses are required as prerequisites to seek admission in the SOM:

3 semesters of social, humanities, and behavior sciences (must be from at least two different disciplines) such as, but not limited to:

    • Classics
    • Linguistics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • History
    • Performing Arts, Visual Arts
    • Religion
    • Law
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy

2 semesters of both:

    • General Inorganic Chemistry (with lab)
    • Biology (with lab)

2 semesters with lab selected from the following:

    • Botany
    • Zoology
    • Anatomy/Physiology
    • Physics
    • Biochemistry
    • Organic Chemistry

1 semester for each of the following:

    • English Composition
    • Literature
    • Mathematics/Science-related such as, but not limited to:
    • Statistics
    • Biostatistics
    • Epidemiology
    • Genetics
    • Calculus

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT):

The MCAT that is taken till September 30th of the year before students expect to begin their medical school will be considered. For candidates enrolling in July 2020, the oldest considerable MCAT is 2016. If a student takes the MCAT multiple times, the highest score will be considered for admission.

Three Letters of Recommendation:

    • A pre-medical committee’s letter packet can be considered if it includes the required letters listed above.
    • At least one letter from these or another appropriate sources; a second academic officer, a physician, a related healthcare professional who had a supervisory position to the applicant, a supervisor who can talk about the applicant’s attributes or a letter of recommendation from a mentor.
    • At least one letter from a professor who is familiar with the candidate’s academic work.
    • At least one letter from a health care professional.


To be considered for admission in SOM, the candidate must be a permanent citizen of the US or a Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) with a Green Card.

Criminal Background Check (for accepted applicants only):

All the qualified applicants will be required to allow the SOM to attain a criminal background check of the candidate. The offer of admission will not be considered final until a criminal background check with results is obtained that is acceptable to the SOM.

Seton Hall Medical School Admission Process and Procedures:

How to Apply?

The HMSOM is interested in learning as much as possible about every candidate applying to the school. All the applicants applying to the SOM must submit the following:
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      AMCAS (Primary) Application:

      The SMSOM participates in the AMCAS for the admissions. Before applying, students must review the admissions requirements of the SOM to make sure that they will be able to meet the minimum requirements for admission.
    • Secondary Application:

      All applicants need to submit a Secondary Application. There is a non-refundable fee of $80 for the secondary application and it must be submitted with the application. This secondary application requires short responses to three questions that are created to gain a better understanding of the applicant’s motivation to enter the medical profession, as well as long and short term goals.


    • Once the candidate’s application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. After the review, if the Admissions Committee considers the applicant eligible to be interviewed, they will receive a notification from the Admissions Office with instructions on how to schedule an interview.
    • Qualified candidates will be invited for an interview at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. A candidate will not be eligible for an interview before their application is complete. The purpose of the interview will be not only for HMSOM to know about the candidate but also for the candidate to learn about the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. The interviewer will aim to make the candidate comfortable gathering information and asking questions about the HMSOM. The ultimate objective of the interview will be to help both the candidate and the SOM to decide whether or not they’re a good fit for each other.

Committee Decisions:

    • The admissions offers will be made via e-mail on a rolling basis.
    • The qualified applicants are required to respond within 2-weeks with their decision to accept or decline the admission offer.
    • There will be a deposit fee of $100 required to accept the offer. This fee is refundable before or on April 30th.
    • All admission offers to depend upon receiving all the required documents along with a criminal background check and final transcripts.

Criteria for Selecting Students:

The candidates must be dedicated to a future in which every person will have access to impact equal health outcomes, irrespective of socioeconomic status, and race. As a candidate, one should possess the personal attributes of interest, empathy, motivation, integrity, and concern for the welfare of others. The candidate should also possess:
  • The psychological and emotional health required for the full use of the candidate’s intellectual abilities.
  • The employment of good judgment;
  • The extent for rapid completion of all responsibilities related to studying the care and diagnosis of patients.
  • The capability to establish effective, sensitive, and mature relationships with professional colleagues, patients, and patients’ families.

Seton Hall Medical School Student Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Indirect Living Expenses:

Expected Costs Per Year 2020-2021 Costs Student Living with Parents/Per Year 2020-2021 Costs Student Living Off-Campus/Per Year
Tuition $63,284 $63,284
Fees $2,770 $2,770
Health Insurance & Disability Insurance TBD TBD
Parking $274/$530 $274/$530
Room & Board $6,781 $21,458
Books and Supplies $1,016 $1,016
Transportation $3,048 $3,048
Misc. Personal Expenses $2,032 $2,032
Loan Fees $494 $494

High School Students at Seton Hall Medical School:

Medical Internship Navigating Diversity and Science (M.I.N.D.S) is a 6-week paid internship for financially disadvantaged or underrepresented high school seniors and juniors who are intended in pursuing a career in medicine. In this program, the interns will learn about numerous health disparities in New Jersey, medical professions, and the social determinants of health. 2020 M.I.N.D.S Program: All the qualified interns will receive:
  • $1, 200 stipend
  • CPR/BLS and Narcan Certification
  • SAT Prep for 1 year
  • Hands-on medical experiences
  • Field trips to community organizations, universities
  • And more!

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Student Services:

HHS Library Media Center:

The HMSOM has a library whose mission is to establish accountable civic-minded citizens. The library is a space where students are allowed to inquire academically, discover creatively, improve their relationship with and their access to technology, think critically, and employ themselves in an encouraging reading community.

Health Office:

The mission of the health office is to keep the students of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine healthy to ensure their academic success. The primary responsibility of a school health program is to enhance and encourage all directions of student health. There are several ways through which Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine accomplish this goal such as; auditory, visual, and scoliosis screenings, weight, height, and blood pressure measurements, determinations regarding school attendance due to illness or injury, administration of medication, and illness and injury assessments interventions, including Health Counselling and first aid.

Counseling and Psychological Services:

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine also offers the Counseling and Psychological Service to its students. It provides free year-round counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, and referral services to the community of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. The goal of this department is to promote the psychological well-being and health of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine students to enable them to develop, thrive, and achieve academic success.

Seton Hall Medical School Well-being and Resiliency Programs:

  • Compassion Series including intro to Schwartz Rounding
  • Conflict Management Skills
  • Depression Awareness and Assessment of Events
  • Giving Bad News
  • Gold Humanism Chapter
  • Student-driven interest groups
  • Inter-professional Movie Series
  • Inter-professional sports leagues
  • Interval Training Events (other trends in fitness)
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Leadership Training Skills
  • Mindfulness Practice Group
  • Nutrition Series
  • Sleep Hygiene 101
  • Spirituality Programs
  • Stress Management Strategies
  • Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Series
  • Time Management Skills
  • Topics in Complementary Medicine
  • Yoga Series

How to get successful in a Medical School?

Resistance is an evil thing that encourages us to procrastinate and stops us from doing our work. Different studies show that our brain is not good at multi-tasking because it is designed to work on tasks serially, not in parallel. Moreover, there are so many distractions these days that we’ve have trained our brain to not be able to focus properly. But one needs to overcome these distractions to get successful in a medical school because medical school demands hard work of sleepless nights and a lot of hardships. If getting into a medical school was easy, everyone would have been in a medical school today. Yes, getting into a medical school is difficult but surviving in a medical school requires a lot of hard work. So how you focus on your education when there are so many other equally important tasks that demand your attention? Here are a few tips that’ll help you succeed in a medical school if you’ll follow them.

Pick a few topics the night before:

At the end of every day, ask yourself a question before going to sleep, “If I could only get a few topics done tomorrow, what would it be?” Now, make sure that you focus on those particular topics that you have in your mind in the morning and complete that task. Make sure to complete that ask and take help from someone if you don’t understand anything. In this way, you won’t leave everything on the last day. However, you’ll have a hard time to keep up with your school if you keep your focus on only a few topics every day, but the idea behind this is to:
    • Build momentum so that you do something every day instead of doing nothing.
    • Just get started on something.

Make a Weekly Plan:

If you develop this habit, it will not only help you get organized but also calm your anxious brain. At the start of every week i.e. Monday, take at least 30-40 mints to map out what your week is going to look like in a diary and then at the end of every day, quickly plan out the tasks you have to do the next day. The main perk of making a weekly plan is that if you’ll have everything you need to do on time, it will help you focus on the assignments that’ll be in front of you when you’re studying because you won’t be worrying about the other stuff you have to do because you would have allocated a specific time for that task.

Defend your Rest:

Let’s get one thing straight that sleeping for at least 8 hours every night or taking time off for yourself is not considered as laziness. In fact, by giving yourself time to relax and freshen up your mind, you’re doing good to yourself. So if you find yourself scrolling on Facebook and watching a video over video when you’re supposed to work on an assignment, don’t beat yourself up over that. Push away all the books, take a deep breath, and build the courage to close all the books, call it a day, and TRY AGAIN TOMORROW.

Help everyone and pick your friends wisely:

This step is very important and should be kept in mind from day one. Be very careful and very picky about people. No, it doesn’t mean that don’t talk to anyone but chose your friends wisely. Help every person who asks for help from you and avoid getting into any conflict with anyone. If you end up getting into one, try to resolve that as soon as possible, so that you don’t get distracted from your studies because of that. Carefully observe the people around you and make friends very carefully because friends can help you spend the rest of your time in college nicely or they can ruin it. Making more allies than enemies is a good option, help people a lot because they’ll help you out too when you’ll need it. Try to be a little sharp-minded and keep yourself from getting exploited. Help out others because this way, you can make more allies than enemies and they could end up helping you in your time of need.

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