Health care in the United States has been a hot topic in recent years. As one of the most advanced countries in the world, we should strive to provide the best health coverage as well. To do so, we must examine the way in which our budding health care professionals are being trained. The Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, coming soon to New Jersey, intends to do just that.

The Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine aims to provide more in-depth training to students when it opens its doors in July, 2018. To do so, the school “will offer an innovative team-based approach to medical education that will mirror how healthcare will be delivered in the future.”

For this episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato, show host Steve Adubato, PhD., went on-location to the Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine to meet with its Founding Dean, Dr. Bonita Stanton, MD, to talk about the importance of students studying in a team setting rather than a lecture setting.

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Stanton has relished a fulfilling profession in medicine, noting that her career has been largely focused on health and equity. However, she explained that while citizens receive adequate medical care across the country, the United States does have the largest inequity in health outcomes of any industrialized nation on the planet.

“It is the lower income half who is doing very, very poorly, and there is no reason for that,” said Stanton. “That does not have to happen in the United States.”

Stanton went on to explain that “health and wellness occur in the community,” not in a hospital or the doctor’s office. Traditionally, physicians and other allied professionals in the medical field are not trained to recognize this; however, Stanton plans to break that trend.

“We will begin, in week one, with focusing [the students] at all times on what’s going out in the community,” she said. “Every single doctor must be thinking about… what reality does [the patient] face at home, and what do we need to do to mitigate the adverse aspects and to maximize the positive aspects of community.”

Although the school has not yet opened, it will soon be making a mark in the state as well as the country. To learn more about the school and its mission, check out this segment of One-on-One with Steve Adubato.

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