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Key Facts and FAQ

Key Facts

There is an enormous need for medical schools. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be a shortfall of between 40,800-104,900 physicians by 2030.



Marist Health Quest School of Medicine By the Numbers


Marist Health Quest School of Medicine 
Milestone Dates


Who are the partners?

Marist College and Health Quest have partnered to create a School of Medicine. The organizations are recognized leaders in the region.

Health Quest is a leading nonprofit healthcare system headquartered in LaGrangeville, NY.

Marist College is a highly selective institution based in Poughkeepsie, NY. The College is rooted in the tradition of the liberal arts and also offers 14 graduate programs of study.

When will the Marist Health Quest School of Medicine open?

The Marist Health Quest School of medicine is projected to enroll its first cohort of students in July 2022.

Where will the Marist Health Quest School of Medicine be located?

The school administration and classroom space will be located on the Vassar Brothers Medical Center campus in Poughkeepsie. Plans call for a building of approximately 100,000 square feet to be constructed on a preselected site. Once confirmed, the timeline for completion of this building would be approximately three years and in time to seat the first class in the summer of 2022. Additionally, medical students will use special-purpose facilities on the Marist campus for subjects such as gross anatomy.

Why establish a medical school in the Hudson Valley?

The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine will fill a void: currently there are no MD-degree granting medical schools between Westchester and Albany.

The region is facing a doctor shortage that mirrors what is happening nationally. That American Association of Medical Colleges projects a physician shortfall of between 35,000 and 88,000—growing to as much as 105,000—by 2030.  The School of Medicine will attract highly qualified physicians to the area; furthermore, research shows that medical students often remain in the area where they receive their training.

Inclusive of both capital and operational spending, the Marist Health Quest School of Medicine is projected to have a $500 million economic impact on the Hudson Valley.

Accreditation Status

The School of Medicine will seek approvals from the national accrediting body for medical education programs – the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) – as well as the New York State Education Department and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The first class is expected to begin studies in 2023.