Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s founding dean saw the school through its biggest change yet this summer as it was established as an independent medical school after opening three years ago in partnership with Seton Hall.
Students at the school have a three-year path to residency and are partnered with underserved communities, in an effort to keep more physicians in New Jersey.
“Our vision – which we believe is achievable – is that all citizens within the State of New Jersey—and eventually across the nation—deserve the same level of health outcomes regardless of race or socioeconomic status,” Stanton said. “The entire curriculum is built around this vision.”
The goal fits Stanton’s professional history. With a focus on improving the health of under-represented minorities and disenfranchised populations, Stanton has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years. She has consulted for the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, UNICEF and USAID on issues related to urban health, HIV/AIDS transmission in youth, maternal child health, vaccines and health services research.