Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Commencement 2023: Ceremony Sends Graduates Into Residencies
June 09, 2023
Eighty-five students from the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine have received their medical degrees - and will now start their careers.
The medical students came from the 2019 cohort of the medical school (56 students) who graduated after four years; and also the 2020 cohort (29 students), who completed their education in three years.
The commencement’s keynote was delivered by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who commended the school for its continuing commitment to medical education in the state.
“It is a great honor to have the Governor deliver the speech at our first commencement as a fully-accredited institution,’’said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “It further validates what our medical school is doing for the health of all New Jerseyans.”
“The Governor’s words, as usual, are inspirational as we continue our mission to train the best, most compassionate doctors anywhere,” said Jeffrey Boscamp, M.D., dean and president of the School.
Fifty-seven percent of the Class of 2023 (48 students) will train in New Jersey for the first year of residency. Of these, 39 of the students matched into a Hackensack Meridian Health program. Other states where students matched for residency include New York (20 students) and California, Florida, and Pennsylvania (with three doctors apiece), among other states.
Residencies where this class has matched include: Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital; Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein Campus; New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center; New York University, Grossman School of Medicine; Tufts University Medical Center; Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and many others.
The specialties the students matched into include: Internal Medicine (21); Psychiatry and Psychiatry-Neurology (13); General Surgery (6); and Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Pediatrics (5 each), Neurology (4),
Obstetrics and Gynecology (3), Internal Medicine - Pediatrics (2) Radiology - Diagnostic (2)
Dermatology (1) ,Ophthalmology (1) Otolaryngology (1),Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (1), Plastic Surgery (1), Radiology - Diagnostic (2).
Applications and enrollments have increased since its founding. The School of Medicine’s inaugural class in 2018 included 60 students. The latest incoming class numbers more than 160, admitted from greater than 6,000 applicants.