St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, which was founded over 150 years ago, has a long standing history of training outstanding residents and fellows. Our program started in 1978 as a pulmonary fellowship program which was a two-year program. The program was then changed to a pulmonary critical care fellowship in 2015 and the total number of fellows increased from five to nine. Our faculty size has grown over the years to incorporate the ever so developing changes in the field. Our faculty have been carefully selected and include physicians trained in prestigious institutes around the nation and from our own graduating fellows as well. Our faculty profiles include backgrounds in not only pulmonary-critical care medicine but also in emergency medicine, advanced critical care and sleep medicine. Our 698 bedded hospital serves as a major academic training center with multiple residencies and fellowships and we are associated with multiple medical schools including Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and St. George’s University School of Medicine. Our fellows are involved in working, teaching and training residents from Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery departments and medical students on a daily basis.
Our new critical care tower encompasses a wide array of ICU rooms, operating rooms and emergency rooms all equipped with state of the art equipment. The regular medical-surgical floors which also includes a 15 bed stepdown unit provide fellows with a wide variety of pulmonary pathology. Our fellows have a well-structured rotation schedule that ensures a well-rounded training in pulmonary critical care medicine and gives them the freedom to pursue their specific interests in the field.
Our fellows present at all three annual national conferences (CHEST, ATS and SCCM) and the program continues to support their research and academic ventures with faculty mentoring and funding from the department as well.
Our past fellows have moved on to complete further training in advanced fellowships including interventional pulmonology, transplant pulmonology and sleep medicine. Many of our past fellows hold leadership positions.
In light of the recent pandemic, our fellows have come out as superstars providing top notch pulmonary and critical care garnering the praise of staff and patients all over the hospital. We ensure that our fellows have a safe environment to work in and that includes an adequate supply of PPE as well.