DIO Welcome

Otto Sabando, DO, FACOEP, FACEP, FFSMB
Director of Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO)

On behalf of all of our faculty, staff, residents and fellows it is my pleasure to introduce you to the Graduate Medical Education department at St. Joseph’ Health.  We congratulate you on your academic achievements and offer you a warm welcome.

Established 150 years ago by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health has grown exponentially. It now includes St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, a quaternary state-designated trauma center and state-designated St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (651 adult and pediatric beds) located in Paterson; St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center (229 beds), an acute care community hospital located in Wayne; St. Joseph's Healthcare and Rehab Center (151 beds) located in Cedar Grove; Visiting Health Services of NJ in Totowa; and more than 30 North Jersey community-based facilities.

Each year U.S. News & World Report recognizes St. Joseph’s as a Best Hospital in the New York Metropolitan Area and among the Top Hospitals in the State of New Jersey. We were the first health system in the nation to develop and implement ALTO®, the Alternatives to Opioids program; a highly successful and unique approach to acute pain management without the use of opioids.  We established the first Geriatric Emergency Department and the first ED- based Palliative Care Program in the US.  SJUMC and the Wayne Medical Center are leaders in Minimally Invasive Robotic-Assisted Surgery for a variety of health conditions using the da Vinci Surgical System. We have again achieved Magnet® designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. ®

The above accolades would not have been feasible without the success of our GME programs at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. We are proud to be recognized as a major academic medical organization, a leader of medical education in New Jersey, being named one of just 53 hospitals across the country to be named a Top Teaching Hospital by the Leapfrog Group. SJUMC serves as the home base for fifteen residency and fellowship programs accredited by the ACGME, providing training in a diverse range of specialties to over 250 trainees each year. As the sponsoring institution, the graduate medical education department works to ensure all programs meet or exceed the requirements set forth by the ACGME, RRC, and all specialty boards.

Graduate Medical Education at SJUMC is committed to ensuring that our residents and fellows develop a sound understanding of the science of medicine, apply that knowledge to clinical practice and extend that knowledge through scholarly research.  With the expertise and strength of our full-time dedicated faculty, our residents and fellows advance ethically, professionally and personally, while ensuring appropriate care for patients in a supportive environment. They are encouraged to develop the capacity for self-evaluation and moral reflection. Upon completion of training our graduates will have developed skills which will equip them for a lifetime of learning, professional advancement and quality patient outcomes.

If you are a prospective resident or fellow, or have already trusted us with your training, please use this site to learn more about our organization, programs, and commitment to excellence in healthcare and education. We are here to support you, our training programs, and most importantly the patients we serve.

Sincerely,

Otto Sabando, DO, FACOEP, FACEP, FFSMB
Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and Director of Medical Education
Medical Director ED Operations/Compliance, Regulatory and Quality
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine