Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine commencement helps fill physician shortage

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is set to recognize a graduating class of 102 medical students at its upcoming commencement in June.

Members of the 2024 HMSOM graduating class have accepted residences at top institutions across the country. The specialties the students matched into include: internal medicine, pediatrics, radiology – diagnostic, surgery, neurology, emergency medicine and family medicine.

In a unique time period resulting in staffing shortages at hospitals across the country from the COVID-19 pandemic, 75 graduates came from the 2020 cohort of medical students, with an additional 27 graduates who started the program in 2021.

Despite the challenges of a limited pipeline into the medical industry, the HMSOM applications and enrollments have only 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.

The HMSOM graduation will take place on June 6 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.