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The Pediatric Residency Program at St. Joseph’s  Children’s Hospital, at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, sponsored by New York Medical College 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 Children’s Hospitals in New Jersey and includes a 48 bed General Pediatric Service, a 12 bed Pediatric ICU, a 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 12 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
  • 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

Silvia Blaustein, MD – Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Karen Hilla – Program Coordinator, Pediatric Residency Program

First Year

Our first year pediatric residents rotate monthly through the following areas:

  • Inpatient General Pediatrics
  • Emergency Department
  • Ambulatory Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • 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.
  • 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.   

Average weeks per rotation

Rotation  1st year  2nd year  3rd year 
Adolescent Medicine  4  0  0
Ambulatory Medicine  4  4  8
ER  4  0  4
Inpatient 16 8 8
Well Baby Nursery 4 0 0
NICU 4 8 4
PICU 0 4 4
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
Subspecialty 0 0 12
Elective-call free 0 0 4
Vacation 4 4 4


Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

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. .

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.

Recent Publications

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Mar;31(3):320-2. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31823eee1a.
Maternal sepsis, chorioamnionitis, and congenital Candida kefyr infection in premature twins.
Pineda C, Kaushik A, Kest H, Wickes B, Zauk A.
Author information Department of Pediatrics, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Paterson, NJ, USA.

Pediatr Rev. 2010 Apr;31(4):e28-35. doi: 10.1542/pir.31-4-e28.
Diagnosis and management of dengue fever in children.
Kaushik A, Pineda C, Kest H.
Author information Department of Pediatrics, St Joseph's Children's Hospital, Patterson, NJ, USA.

J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2010 Mar;32(2):150-1. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e3181b7eaff.
Isolated renal relapse in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
De A, Menell JS.
Author information Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, St Joseph's Children's Hospital, Paterson, NJ, USA.

J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Aug;45(8):1707-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.04.013.
Primary osteomyelitis of the acetabulum resulting in septic arthritis of the hip and obturator internus abscess diagnosed as acute appendicitis.
Scillia A, Cox G, Milman E, Kaushik A, Strongwater A.
Author information Department of Orthopaedics, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ 07503, USA

Nakra, N. Chapter I: Pediatric Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology. (2011) Pediatric Respiratory Health History and Physical Assessment, in Nursing Care in Pediatric Respiratory Disease (ed C. Tolomeo), John Wiley & Sons Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118785805.ch2

  Clemente, Ethel Endocrinology Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland
  De, Aliva Pulmonology Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
  Kalra, Vaneet Neonatology Children's Hospital of Michigan
  Perez, Francesca Critical Care University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  Pineda, Carol Critical Care UCLA
  Brenouti, Fares Neonatology University of Maryland
  Huda, Shehzad Neonatology Louisana State University, Shreveport
  Jayswal, Vimal Cardiology Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland
  Kaushik, Ashlesha Infectious Disease Univerisity of Texas, Southwestern
  Poudel, Atul Nephrology University of Florida, Gainsville
  Rao, Harini Hematology Yale-New Haven Hospital
  Cabral, Demma Adolescent Univerisity of Miami
  Cala, Luisa Developmental Brown University
  Hingrajia, Rashmin Neonatology University of Maryland
  Tran, Sharon Neonatology Louisana State University, Shreveport
  Tran, Minh Critical Care Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland
  Concina, Vanessa Neonatology University of Kentucky, Lexington
  Gomez, Enrique Neonatology University of Kentucky, Lexington
  Ibonia, Katrina Neonatology University of Kentucky, Lexington

All applications should go through ERAS, and all positions are distributed through the NRMP match.


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