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At a time when hospitals and health systems nationwide face staffing shortages, 102 medical students from Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (HMSOM) are preparing to graduate next week and officially begin their medical careers in residency programs across the country.  

The medical students, whose experiences were uniquely shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, include 75 students who came from the 2020 cohort of the medical school and 27 who completed their education in three years. 

HMSOM is doing its part in helping to train future physicians even as the healthcare industry faces challenges caused by staffing shortages and the impacts of the pandemic. Since the HMSOM was founded, applications and enrollments have only increased.  

The School of Medicine’s inaugural class in 2018 included 60 students. The latest incoming class numbers are more than 160, admitted from over 6,000 applicants. 

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

The HMSOM Graduation will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 6 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center located at 1 Center St., Newark.