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Investing in the Future of Medical Education

Welcome to a unique opportunity to help shape the future of medical education.

Creating an entirely new school of medicine is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, one that offers us the ability to modernize medical education and physician training according to today’s societal demands. We are not bound by the antiquated, outdated model that has existed for more than a century. Such good fortune is humbling.

We cannot achieve our ambitious goals without the support of those who share our vision. That is why we ask you to join us in this quest. Your support is critical. Lead gifts will pave the way for our success and inspire others. Opportunities for investment include scholarships and fellowships for pioneering students, curriculum development, faculty support, labs and facilities, and unrestricted giving for areas of emerging need.

With your help, we will create a medical school that makes a difference for everyone. We will prepare future physicians who understand the impact community has on wellness and who lead the charge in reshaping the healthcare landscape. Inclusiveness extends to those we enroll, resulting in a student body more reflective of the very groups we aim to serve. Maximizing the potential of everyone, we believe, is a triumph for all humankind.

We readily accept this bold agenda and ask for your support as we eagerly pursue it.

Ways You Can Give

The School of Medicine has many opportunities available for those interested in supporting the future of medicine. We are fortunate to be a part of the creation of a brand new medical school committed to graduating medical students who will provide the highest levels of wellness in an economically and behaviorally sustainable fashion in communities in New Jersey, the United States and abroad. These are our healthcare leaders of tomorrow. As we move forward with our school’s development, the charitable support of friends, alumni, patients, and faculty is key to achieving our goals. Initiatives in the areas of medical education, faculty recruitment and facility development require additional resources. We hope our commitment to the next generation of physicians will merit your support.

Medical Education Scholarships

The School of Medicine’s goal is to attract a diverse student body with a passion for serving others, the resourcefulness to problem-solve, a collaborative spirit and the desire to be innovative. To attract students of this caliber, the School of Medicine, under the umbrella of Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health, aims to provide scholarship to help sustain them through their medical school career.

Gifts of scholarships help to cover the cost of tuition, which include expenses related to the cost of instructing students in a robust educational environment. These costs include curriculum development, faculty preparation and teaching time, medical-education research, and infrastructure (such as our state-of-the-art teaching facility, library resources, and IT and lab equipment). While the costs are significant, Founding Dean Bonita Stanton is committed to ensuring that regardless of the rate of tuition, every student interested in, and capable of, becoming a physician shall have the opportunity to do so.


Endowments are ideal for honoring individuals and perpetuating shared values. You, your family, your company or firm can become part of the history being written by the School of Medicine. These visionary gifts extend support beyond your own lifetime and represent true foresight and concern for future generations.

Planned Gifts

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University is committed to leading the way in educating our next generation of physicians. When you include a gift to the School of Medicine in your estate plan, you help us provide the best educational opportunities for these health care leaders of tomorrow.

You can support future generations of medical students through planned gifts and vehicles such as charitable trusts, gift annuities, sales of property and other unique opportunities that can benefit you, your loved ones and the medical school by remembering Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University in your estate.

Our staff is ready to help you create a philanthropic strategy that is tailored to meet your financial needs.

Directed Gifts

Donors to the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University have the opportunity to choose many avenues to direct their support. You can choose to help a specific program or project, or you can make an unrestricted contribution to support the immediate needs and priorities as chosen by the Dean. Following are some of the areas where your gift can be directed.

Faculty Support

Professorships are one of the highest forms of recognition provided by the School of Medicine. They are used to attract, reward, and retain distinguished faculty, leaders and scholars of national and international reputation. These gifts create a lasting relationship with the donor and School of Medicine faculty, allowing them to teach future generations of physicians.


One of the hallmarks of a medical education is the chance to conduct research alongside renowned physician scientists. Guided by faculty mentors, students can pursue opportunities to uncover the knowledge which leads to new innovations and insights. The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University will offer students the chance to be part of teams searching for innovative methods to diagnose, cure and prevent illnesses as well as impact health policy, health education and more.

Curriculum Growth and Development

The School of Medicine is building a forward-thinking medical education program that will create physicians who are humanistic, socially responsible, cooperative members of the healthcare system, and who provide the highest quality patient-centered care to all people. Our graduates will be highly skilled in biomedical, behavioral, social and population sciences.

Students will learn within an integrated curriculum in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. Gifts to support the curriculum ensure that they have the resources necessary to learn what is needed to thrive in the modern, technically demanding, clinical setting.

Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus

Housed in two state-of-the-art buildings on 16 acres of the former Hoffman-LaRoche biomedical campus in Nutley and Clifton, the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University will offer classes in a facility designed with modern learning spaces and shared with Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and the School of Health and Medical Sciences. A gift to support the facility will help to sustain an enriched learning environment for our students. Please contact the Development Office for a listing of available naming opportunities.

Special Programs
Human Dimension

Central to the curriculum will be a course called the Human Dimension through immersive and longitudinal experiences, students will come to understand the role of a community’s impact on health and wellbeing, as well as the role of the physician in all elements that contribute to promoting health and preventing disease. From day one, students will be partnered with community members through organizations such as Catholic Charities and will help care for these individuals and families to better understand their health needs and how their health and wellbeing are impacted by forces such as their community, housing and employment status.

Pipeline Program

Changing the racial, cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic profile of the medical profession to better reflect the population it serves is critical to a vision of health and wellness for all persons. As a key tenet, the School of Medicine’s vision and mission directly address the need to attract and graduate a diverse student body who can relate and communicate with the varied populations represented in New Jersey and across the United States. The School is dedicated to identifying, nurturing, recruiting, mentoring, teaching, and developing a unique student body through efforts such as the pipeline program modeled after the NIH’s “Mini-Medical School” initiative.

Each fall, the program, which is free to a limited number of high school students, offers one-and-a-half-hour weekly sessions for up to six weeks, culminating in a graduation ceremony. During these sessions, students are introduced to medical center leadership, physicians and clinicians and they hear presentations on health-care topics and how to position themselves for healthcare careers.

Helen A. Cunning
Vice President, Development-Strategic Campaigns
Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation
160 Essex Street, Suite 101, Lodi, NJ  07644
Phone: (551) 996.3717

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