Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (SOM), New Jersey’s only private medical school, strives to select future physicians who will accept the challenge of improving population health and the patient experience while reducing the overall cost of care.
The SOM seeks applicants whose experiences, as described in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) publication “Roadmap to Excellence: Key Concepts for Evaluating the Impact of Medical School Holistic Admissions,” will bring added value to the learning environment and evidence a commitment to serve their community. Students who enter the SOM will be members of what we envision being a large history of outstanding physicians. These students will also help us form a medical school dedicated to providing each person in New Jersey, and in the United States, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, the highest level of wellness in an economically and behaviorally sustainable fashion.
With outstanding, world-class clinical and academic affiliates, and our Clifton/Nutley campus located in close proximity to New York City, SOM offers students opportunities available nowhere else.
“Holistic review is a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and future physician.”
— Association of American Medical Colleges
Characteristics of the Accepted Applicant
Regardless of your area of academic study, if you are passionate about pursuing a career in medicine and you meet the admissions requirements, the SOM encourages you to apply. Applications are screened to verify that all academic requirements are fulfilled, however, they also seek the following attributes:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Servant Leadership
- Intellectual Pursuit
- Passion for the field of medicine
- Skill sets:
- Takes Initiative
- Personal responsibility and accountability
- Written and oral communication
- Team management aptitude
A Unique 3+1 curriculum
All students will participate in a three-year core curriculum, meeting rigorous, standardized learning outcomes. This will be complemented in the fourth year by a highly individualized medical school experience-an option unlike any other in the country.
Students will work with faculty advisers to develop a uniquely customized curriculum, designed to maximize each student’s professional development. Students will choose from a variety of options including dual degrees, research-intensive concentrations, clinical immersion, global health electives, community-based projects, innovation programs, and an early entry into residency among other possibilities. This fourth year provides our students with a truly personalized, self-directed medical school experience.
Our unique curriculum utilizes evidence-based teaching methods to promote effective and efficient student learning, always placing medicine and related scientific knowledge in the context of the patient and community.