New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined leaders from Hackensack Meridian Health, Seton Hall University, and other dignitaries to officially open Hackensack Meridian Medical School at Seton Hall University on the On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. The school is the first private medical school to open in the Garden State in 50 years. The first class of 55 students will begin July 9, 2018 in the new school that aims to address the shortage of physicians in New Jersey. Research shows that physicians often practice where they train which would help the state ease a shortage of an estimated 3,000 doctors in New Jersey by 2020. The new school will forge a new path in medical education to address profound changes which have resulted in more community-based healthcare and an increased focus on wellness and population health.