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St. Joseph’s University Medical Center sponsors the Pediatrics Residency Program.
The Pediatric Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, is a three-year program with a strong emphasis on general pediatrics and subspecialty clinical practice, teaching, and research. St. Joseph’s was one of the first accredited Children’s Hospitals in New Jersey and includes a 48 bed General Pediatric Service, a 12 bed Pediatric ICU, a Mother-Baby Unit 30 bed Neonatal ICU, a 20 bed Intermediate Nursery, and a 30 bassinet Full Term Nursery. All pediatric subspecialists are based at St. Joseph’s and all rotations are done on-site. In a typical year, St. Joseph’s cares for 40,000 visits to our pediatric emergency department, 6000 admissions, and 300,000 outpatient visits.
Our yearly class is made up of 36 residents and 2 Chief Residents. At the beginning of the PGY-1 year, each resident is assigned a faculty advisor who provides guidance and direction over the course of the 3 years of training. Acceptance into our residency program is highly competitive with an average of 1,800 applications for the 12 spots per year.
Our conferences and rounds include:
- Morning Report three times weekly
- Family-centered Bedside Teaching Rounds
- Resident evidence-base and research projects presentations
- Grand Rounds weekly throughout the academic year
- Blocked protected time didactic sessions covering the entire pediatric curriculum one full afternoon each week
- Pediatric radiology conference once a month
- Pediatric orthopedics lecture once a month
- Neonatal-Pediatric ICU clinical conference once a week
- General pediatrics core topics discussed during the outpatient clinic rotations
- Journal Club
- Emergency Pediatrics Series, including mock codes and procedures simulation exercises, monthly.
- Board Review Series, emphasizing multiple choice questions practice
- Research Methodology seminars and guidance
Research is an integral component of our residency program. All residents are required to develop an IRB-approved project with a faculty research mentor and are expected to complete the project over the course of his or her training. Many residents’ research projects have resulted in poster presentations at regional and national meetings, as well as publications in journals. Our academic affiliation with New York Medical College allows for further research and teaching opportunities.
Graduates from of our residency program have gone on to complete fellowships at some of the top pediatric subspecialty training programs in the country. Many other graduates have started or joined successful general pediatric practices in Northern New Jersey and throughout the United States, including underserved areas.
Daily interaction with our experienced full-time general and subspecialist pediatricians is a fundamental component of the training program. Residents are also assigned faculty advisors and research mentors offering guidance during the entire training program. The program boasts having an excellent learning environment emphasizing collegiality, mutual respect, and interest in teaching and learning. The Pediatric Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital strives to shape the future pediatricians of our community and the future leaders in Pediatrics. This is achieved over the course of the 3 years of training. Clinical exposure to a large volume of patients with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds often presenting with a rich variety of illnesses and clinical scenarios leads to residents acquiring sophisticated clinical reasoning skills and proficiency in cultural sensitivity and delivery of equitable and high quality health care to the varied and diverse population St Joseph’s serves. Interactive didactic sessions taught by dedicated faculty knowledgeable and experienced in general pediatrics and all pediatric subspecialties are essential to the residents’ learning progress. In addition to the presentations of evidence-based research questions posed by patients, residents are required to participate in at least one quality improvement project to help them develop the competency, patient practice and improvement, and assimilate the notion that the practice of medicine must be a life-long learning process.
Key Program Staff
Michael Lamacchia, MD – Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Roberto Jodorkovsky, MD – Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Karen Hilla – Program Coordinator, Pediatric Residency Program
Our first year pediatric residents rotate monthly through the following areas:
- Inpatient General Pediatrics
- Emergency Department
- Ambulatory Medicine
- Adolescent Medicine
- Mother-Baby Nursery
- Well Baby Nursery
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Second Year and Third Year:
- In addition to providing direct clinical care to patients, residents gradually assume more supervisory duties during their second year. Their senior resident status is fully achieved during the third year. Residents must complete 4 major pediatric subspecialties, 4 weeks each, chosen from all the subspecialties available at St Joseph’s, which include the following: cardiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, neurology,nephrology, pulmonology, hematology/oncology, rheumatology, genetics, and allergy/immunology. During their second year, residents also complete a 2-week-long rotation with Bergen's Promise learning fundamentals about Pediatrics advocacy and community Pediatrics
(see description of Bergen's Promise and Educational Goals below).
- Also, during the second and third year, residents choose a variety of elective rotations within a 6-month-individualized curriculum suited to their career goals. Some residents may prefer to rotate through all the available subspecialties for 2 to 4 weeks each, while others may choose experiences within a wide range spectrum, including community pediatrics and advocacy, child abuse, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric dentistry, pediatric dermatology, pediatric radiology, swallowing and feeding disorders, research, and geographic medicine. One month out of the 6- month individualized curriculum can be call free, during which residents have the option of spending the rotation outside of the St Joseph’s network. Residents also have the option of choosing 2 weeks out of the 6-month-individualized time to study for the Pediatrics Boards chief residents closely supervise and monitor this rotation and have residents present and discuss mulitple choice questions during morning report and Wednesday didactic sessions.
Average weeks per rotation
|Rotation||1st year||2nd year||3rd year|
|Well Baby Nursery||4||0||0|
|Cardiology||0||2-4, or duing the 3rd year||2-4|
|Neurology||0||4, or during the 3rd year||4|
|Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics||4||0||0|
|Hematology/Oncology||0||2-4, or during the 3rd year||2-4|
|Infectious diseases||0||4, or durin gthe 3rd year||4|
|Pulmonology||2||2-4, or during the 3rd year||2-4|
|Nephrology||2||2-4, or during the 3rd year||2-4|
|Endrocrinology||0||4, or durin gthe 3rd year||4|
Conferences at the Pediatric Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital include the following:
Morning Report: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Morning Reports are interactive and emphasize discussions of the nuances of clinical reasoning upon formulating patients’ evaluations and management backed by evidence-based references. Chief residents are in charge of organizing the presentations, which are usually done by second and third year residents. The program directors are always present actively contributing to the discussions.
Grand Rounds: (Tuesdays) 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Grand Rounds incorporates speakers who are national and local experts in their respective fields.
NICU/PICU Case Presentations: (Thursdays) 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Interesting cases from the NICU and PICU are presented by PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents.
Each resident prepares a PowerPoint presentation and discusses the case with faculty guidance.
Residents Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Held once a month. Cases are selected and discussed with an emphasis on improvement of patient care and root analysis of mistakes, mishaps, and events triggering potentially unsafe practices. This conference is attended by all residents and faculty including, the chairman of pediatrics once a month. .
Morbidity & Mortality Conference: Second Thursday, monthly 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Cases are selected and discussed with an emphasis on improvement of patient care and root analysis of mistakes, mishaps, and events triggering potentially unsafe practices. This conference is attended by all residents and faculty including, the Chairman of Pediatrics once a month.
Weekly Didactic sessions: Wednesdays
Residents meet every Wednesday afternoon from 12 to 4pm during their clinically protected blocked didactic sessions. The sessions highlight the following teaching activities:
- Interactive talks delivered by faculty covering the basic pediatric curriculum (several subspecialties are assigned a full month to fulfill their field’s educational goals)
- Board review questions group practice
- Quality improvement and research presentations
- Evidence-based presentations by first year residents
- Journal clubs
- Discussion of clinical guidelines
- Simulation exercises (intubation, central line placement, lumbar puncture, mock codes, etc.)
- Ethics talks
- Radiology conferences
- Board simulated quizzes
- Residents rotating on the pediatric ward meet with nurses, child life and other personnel once a month to discuss general matters pertaining to the floor management, safety, and patient care quality.
- Residents have a business meeting every month to discuss administrative issues, logistical challenges, and problems. Program directors and chairman join in the discussion every other month.
Pediatric Department Research Goals
Our mission is to engage and support research that helps improve the health of children. To strategically position our research activities to enhance healthcare in other children's hospitals nationwide.
Research information available upon request from the Program Director.
2014 GRADUATING PEDIATRIC RESIDENTS – FUTURE PLANS:
|AGRAWAL, RADHIKA||Medical School: Dr. P.D.M. Medical College, India 2003||General Pediatrics - Staywell Health Center– Waterbury, Connecticut|
|AKTURK, ELVIN||NYCOM, New York 2010||General Pediatrics with Dr. Christopha Rozdeba’s practice, Wallington, New Jersey|
|ARENAS, AURA||Escuela de Medicina Juan N. Corpus, Colombia 1997||Nephrology Fellowship – Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida|
|ELFANAGELY, SARAH||Ross University, Dominica 2011||Chief Resident 2014-2015|
|FARHAT, LARA||Touro College, New York 2011||Chief Resident 2014-2015|
|GADDAM, KISHORE||Gandhi Medical College, India 2008||General Pediatrics – Harris Hospital, Newport, Arkansas|
|GARCIA, MAGDELYN||Universidad Nordestana, Dominican Republic 2005||General Pediatrics with Dr. Edgar Mejia, Paterson, New Jersey|
|GUNTREDDI, GIRIDHAR||Rangaraya Medical College, India 2004||General Pediatrics in Sanford Health at Sanford Medical Center, Bemidji, Minnesota|
|IMMANUEL, CAMILLE||St. George’s University, Grenada 2011||University of Tennessee - Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship|
|MISTRY, PRAGNESH||Pramukswami Medical College, India 2004||General Pediatrics, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, West Virginia|
|PATEL, SHIVANI||St. George’s University, Grenada 2010||General Pediatrics - Notchview Pediatrics, Clifton, New Jersey|
|QASEM, AMANI||University of Jordan, 2004||General pediatrics – Austin, Texas|
|TOVAR, LEIDY||Fundacion Univeritaria San Martin, Colombia 2007||Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship – UCLA|
|2014-2015 GRADUATING PEDIATRIC RESIDENTS|
|ELFANAGELY, SARAH||GENERAL PEDIATRICS – NEW JERSEY|
|FARHAT, LARA||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY, MONTEFIORE|
|ALSALEH, NORAH||FELLOWSHIP – GENETICS AT STANFORD, CALIFORNIA|
|DOMINGO, MARIA ELOISA||FELLOWSHIP - NEPHROLOGY, UCLA, LOS ANGELES, CA|
|FOLORUNSO, TOSIN||GENERAL PEDIATRICS – FAMILY HEALTH CENTER, VISALIA, CA|
|HERNANDEZ, EDITH||PEDIATRICIAN AT MARIPOSA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, NOGALES, ARIZONA|
|HERRERA, JENNIFFER||FELLOWSHIP - NEURODEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS AT UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, NY|
|LARSON, JACQUELINE||FELLOWSHIP - GASTROENTEROLOGY, NUTRITION, HEPATOLOGY AT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI-JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL|
|NOTARTOMASO, ASHLEY||2015-2016 CHIEF|
|RODRIGUES, LISA||2015-2016 CHIEF|
|ROSENBLUM, STACY||FELLOWSHIP – NICU – ALBERT EINSTEIN/MONTEFIORE|
|SALAZAR, HADEILY||GENERAL PEDIATRICS – INDIANA|
|VASENA, MARIA||GENERAL PEDIATRICS – NEW JERSEY|
|ZURKOVSKY, AVIVIT||GENERAL PEDIATRICS – PEDIATRIC CARE PHYSICIANS, BRICK, NJ|
|2016 GRADUATING PEDIATRIC RESIDENTS|
|PGY-4 – CHIEFS||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS|
|LISA RODRIGUES||GENERAL PEDIATRICS - CANADA|
|ROULA ALCHAA||GENERAL PEDIATRICS RIVERSIDE PEDIATRICS, BERGEN COUNTY, NJ|
|SAIF AL-QATARNEH||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH|
|MARIA ARROYO||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY CHILDREN’S NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM - WASHINGTON, DC|
|MARIA DOMINGUEZ||2016-2017 CHIEF RESIDENT|
|MARTINA EGUIGUREN||GENERAL PEDIATRICS RIDGEWOOD PEDIATRICS, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK|
|VIVIANA FORTI||GENERAL PEDIATRICS TOTOWA PEDIATRICS, TOTOWA NJ|
|GLORIA LOPEZ||FELLOWSHIP – NEONATOLOGY JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - MIAMI, FLORIDA|
|GINA NIETO||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE - HOUSTON, TEXAS|
|CAMILA PEREIRA||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY COLUMBIA PRESBYTERIAN, NEW YORK|
|PATRICIA PICHILINGUE||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE UT SOUTHWESTERN, TEXAS|
|LUIS RENDON||FELLOWSHIP – PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY UT SOUTHWESTERN, TEXAS|
|DANIEL SINYOR||GENERAL PEDIATRICS CRYSTAL RUN HEALTHCARE,WEST NYACK NEW YORK|
|MEGAN WONG||2016-2017 CHIEF RESIDENT|
All applications should go through ERAS, and all positions are distributed through the NRMP match.