Community Immersion Day with Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Students
The inaugural class of medical students at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University spent, July 19, talking with and working alongside Asbury Park West Side residents to better understand the community.
Interfaith Neighbors coordinated the Community Immersion Day of work and community engagement for the new medical school students. Students visited three community organization sites –the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, Coastal Habitat for Humanity, and Interfaith’s Kula Café and Kula Urban Farm. This is part of a course called “The Human Dimension,” that all students are required to take as part of the new education program.
Feedback from participants indicated that the program gave them a better understanding of the community they will be serving as doctors. The immersion day included lunch at the Kula Cafe. Part of the day’s program included a dialogue between the medical students and Kula Cafe Hospitality Training program participants. The interaction was eye-opening for all. Kula participants were surprised at the commonalities they found between themselves and the medical students in age, backgrounds and dreams for the future.
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, which opened this summer, is the only private medical school in New Jersey, and is financially operated by Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest health care provider in New Jersey. Seton Hall University partnered with Hackensack Meridian Health in the medical school’s development and currently has responsibility for the new school’s academics. The school is located on the former Hoffmann-LaRoche site that straddles Clifton and Nutley. The first day of class for the inaugural class of 60 students was July 9th.
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