Marist College and Health Quest are teaming up to change the academic and healthcare landscape.

The two organizations will partner to ctreate the Marist Health Quest School of Medicine to provide physician education that transforms patient care and prepares new doctors for today's technologically advanced healthcare environment.

Marist College President David Yellen said:

Marist College and Health Quest are both pillars of the community with long histories in the Hudson Valley. This is a unique partnership of two very dynamic organizations that are perfectly aligned to bring a medical school to the region. Marist is a highly selective college with a strong reputation for academic excellence, a technology-driven approach to curriculum and an established commitment to allied health education through our Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Embarking on a medical school is a natural next step for the College.

The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine will meet significant demand for physician education in both national and regional marketplaces. With only 151 MD-granting schools of medicine in the U.S., Health Quest and Marist are set to join an exclusive academic, research and clinical community.

Health Quest President and CEO Robert Friedberg said:

The School of Medicine will have significant positive economic and social benefits for the Hudson Valley and beyond. Upon graduation, many of these highly educated professionals and their families will remain here to be part of an academic medical center, which will strengthen the quality of healthcare in the area. This will also create high-paying jobs and provide local residents with greater access to top-quality healthcare professionals close to home

The first class is expected to begin studies in 2022.