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Message from the Chief Academic Officer David Kountz, M.D.

Welcome to Hackensack University Medical Center Academic Affairs

Hackensack University Medical Center has been on a steep trajectory of academic development. The transition from a traditional community hospital to a nationally recognized quaternary care academic institution has been swift. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of four academic medical centers in Hackensack Meridian Health, a 18 hospital health network that is the most comprehensive and most integrated in the state of New Jersey. Hackensack University Medical Center has embraced the traditional tripartite mission of an academic medical center: outstanding clinical care, a robust teaching program and an innovative transformational research platform.

Hackensack University Medical Center has demonstrated a sustained commitment to health care education. Approximately 100 medical students and 200 medical, dental, pharmacy and podiatric residents train at Hackensack University Medical Center at any given time. The recently formed Health Science Academic Consortium Committee has catalogued teaching affiliations with more than 100 academic institutions. These institutions send students to Hackensack University Medical Center to train in all areas of health care. Almost 1,000 students per year receive clinical training at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Hackensack University Medical Center is engaged in residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Urology, Anesthesia, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Fellowships are also being developed.

Palisades Medical Center (a member of Hackensack Meridian Health) is a part of the Hackensack University Medical Center academic affairs portfolio. Residencies in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, Dermatology and a Gastroenterology fellowship have been established.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is also a focus for Hackensack University Medical Center Academic Affairs and it will leverage the educational power of Hackensack Meridian Health and create a program for lifelong learning across all of the medical centers in the network.

The traditions of medical education have dictated that silos be created to provide undergraduate medical education (medical students), graduate medical education (residents and fellows) and continuing medical education (practicing physicians). We are planning to disrupt these artificial barriers to create a continuum of medical education.

Welcome to Hackensack University Medical Center Academic Affairs!

David Kountz David Kountz, M.D. MBA
 Chief Academic Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health
 Professor of Medicine; Senior Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
 Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

"The benefits to a resident being part of a large health care network are endless. They have the vast resources available through Hackensack Meridian Health, as well as the resources available onsite to really create the best learning experience."

Mark D. Sparta, FACHE  President and Chief Hospital Executive, Hackensack University Medical Center; Executive Vice President of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health

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