Contact / Directions

Contact us:

Joann Runo
Program Coordinator
Office: (973)-754-2323

Directions :

From New York City

Take GW Bridge to Route 80 west (local or express lanes) for approximately 12 miles. Take Exit 58A Madison Avenue/Clifton (NOT Madison Avenue/Paterson) bear sharp right - Continue right at the yield sign to Madison Avenue and continue to the second light and make right turn onto Main Street north. Proceed under the railroad trestle and St. Joseph's parking pavilion will be on the right.

From Northern areas

Take Garden State Parkway south to Exit 158 - Route 80 west, then follow directions above from New York City.

From Western areas

Traveling east on Route 80 take Exit 58A Madison Avenue/Clifton. Make sharp right up the ramp to Madison Avenue and continue to the second light and make right turn onto Main Street north. Proceed under the railroad trestle and St. Joseph' sparking pavilion will be on the right

From Southern areas

Traveling north on the Garden State Parkway to Exit 155P for Route 19. Follow signs for Route 19. Travel on exit ramp to first for Broad Street/Clifton. Make a right at the end of the exit ramp on to Broad Street. Follow road under train tracks and bear left. Road becomes Marshall Street. Turn right on to Barclay Street. Hospital is directly in front of you. Follow signs to visitors parking.

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How to Apply

The St. Joseph’s University Medical Center / NYMC Anesthesia residency program accepts applications through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. Please contact your medical school for information regarding the process for submitting application materials.

Please provide the following information through ERAS :

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo
  • Medical School Transcript / USMLE scores
  • Dean's Letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation (minimum)

We will begin reviewing applications September 15. The interview season will start in October and last through January. The interviews are conducted in small groups of 6-7 residents so that we get to spend adequate time getting to know each of our applicants. Interview days commence at 11 AM and typically last to approximately 4:30 PM. Local lodging can be recommended by our program coordinator, Joann Runo.

For additional information regarding the application process  you may contact:

Joann Runo
Program Coordinator
(973) 754-2323

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a preliminary year?

Though the program is officially an advanced program, the Department of Surgery has two spots reserved for those who match into anesthesia and would like to do a preliminary year of surgery. These positions are part of the New York Med/Metropolitan Hospital/St. Joseph’s Surgical Residency. We are working with the hospital on a similar arrangement with our department internal medicine. All other positions begin at the PGY 2 (CA1) level.

How is the location?

Our hospital locations are in Newark (SMMC) and Paterson (SJUMC), the first and third most populous cities in New Jersey. As a result, residents are exposed to a tremendous variety of surgical cases and medical problems. St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is conveniently located alongside major highways making it easily accessible. There is recently built hospital housing available, though many of our residents choose to live in some of the trendy, hip nearby communities or even in Manhattan, (about 20 minutes away).

Paterson, known as “Silk City” is an historical city founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1791. Recently, the Great Falls of Paterson, located 10 minutes from the hospital, was designated as a National Historical Park.

What is a typical day like?

Residents come into the hospital between 6-6:15 AM to set up their rooms and attend lecture (Tues, Wed, Fri 6:30, Thurs 7:00, Monday - sleep late!). After lecture, patients are seen in the holding area and final room preparation is made. Our first cases start at 7:30 AM (8:30 on Thurs). Residents are relieved from the OR around 5 PM. The day prior to an overnight call, residents are sent home earlier, typically early afternoon. On average, residents work about 65 hours/week.

How frequent is overnight call?

Between 5-7 calls/month.

Is St. Joe’s an academic center or community hospital?

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a major teaching hospital with multiple residencies and fellowships in almost all major specialties. It is an affiliate of New York Medical College and serves as a rotation site for third and fourth year NYMC students. St. Joe’s has all the specialized clinical services,   academic experiences, top-notch teaching faculty and research opportunities expected at a university hospital but still retains a community hospital “feel” serving both Paterson and Northern New Jersey.   

What is the patient population like?

Serving Paterson and the surrounding suburbs, St. Joe’s cares for an incredibly diverse population of both “private” and “service” patients.  Whether we are caring for the homeless, or well-to-do suburban professionals, recent immigrants or professional athletes from our local teams, our mission is the same-to provide exceptional care for all patients.

How is the work environment?

St. Joe’s is a diverse and welcoming place and our anesthesia department fosters a tremendous sense of camaraderie, friendship and teamwork. Our residents and attendings form a strong bond, working towards the common goals of providing great patient care and resident education. You will find multiple mentors in our department for every need, whether it is employment or fellowship advice, academic help or emotional support. Our department and our residents have a great reputation and are   respected and appreciated by other departments in the hospital.

What are you looking for in a resident?

  • First, that you enjoy what you are doing. Anesthesia is a dynamic, intellectually challenging, and satisfying specialty. The road to becoming a great clinician is long and tough, but if you are enthusiastic about anesthesia, work in a supportive environment and focus on helping your patients, the time flies!
  • We need team players! Residency in general and anesthesia specifically are team sports- you will be working with surgeons, nurses, techs, consultants and of course your colleagues. Team skills and good interpersonal relations are essential to patient care, operating room management and your residency experience. Help those around you and they will return the favor.
  • You must be self-motivated to learn. You don’t need to be a “rocket scientist” but you must be dedicated to consistent reading and studying. Residency isn’t med school and even with our extensive lecture series most of the information will come from your own reading and discussion with your teachers. You have to want to improve, seek learning experiences and welcome feedback to become a better clinician.
  • Be thorough and responsible. Every task in anesthesia has ramifications for the patient. There are no “little things”. Take pride in what you do and make sure you are doing the best possible for your patient.

(It also helps our Holiday videos if you can act, write, sing, dance, choreograph, video, edit, photograph or just have a sense of humor!!!).

Do you have minimum USMLE scores?

We consider each candidate on all their merits, not just board scores. Nevertheless, you will be expected to pass exams, which is something our program will be judged by, so we certainly prioritize strong test takers.

Is there moonlighting?

We allow some moonlighting but only if it falls within duty hours and does not overburden or interfere with a resident’s academic time.

Do you have any positions for those who have already completed a preliminary year?

We have one “R” position available if you have successfully done at least one accepted year of training.

Do you have a “years since graduation” cutoff?

We would need an explanation of any gaps. If you are switching from another field but have been active in medicine that would likely be acceptable.

What visas do you sponsor?

J1 and H1b

Do you accept COMLEX alone or only USMLE?

We are comfortable with COMLEX alone, though it can be advantageous to have done well on both.

Is there a food allowance? 

Residents get a “Free to Go” card that is good in the cafeteria, Au Bon Pain, Mocha Town Grill and Subway. Many attendings are happy to treat the on call team to something different (favorites include Italian, Chinese, Kosher Chinese and Middle Eastern)!

Is there an educational allowance?

Each year residents are given a $500 stipend to be spent on educational material. There is also a conference stipend for residents who are presenting their scholarly activity.   

 

 

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Location / Leisure

What do dinner and a play in NYC, sitting on a beach, and skiing all have in common?  They are all just a short trip from St. Joseph’s University Medical Center.

In addition to our on-site housing, residents frequently reside in trendy, upscale nearby communities including Hoboken, Jersey City, Montclair, as well as Manhattan. The Garden State has a variety of terrific outdoor activities, museums, historical sights, college and professional sports. New York City is just a short car, train or bus ride away. If you can imagine your post call days hiking the Hudson Highlands, rafting on the Delaware River, hitting the slopes at Mountain Creek or laying on a beach at the beautiful Jersey Shore, then St. Joseph’s might be the place for you!

Since residency is such a busy time, periodically we make sure to take a break in the action.  We have several annual events and the occasional spontaneous night out at a local eatery. Our new resident welcome BBQ and pool party is a great time not only to meet your colleagues, but also to introduce us to your families and start new friendships. You don’t have to be Indian to celebrate Diwali with us, but be prepared for lots of great Indian cuisine!  Our departmental Holiday party is renowned through the hospital (and unfortunately, Youtube) for featuring our famous (or infamous) comical resident and attending video presentations. Each spring pros and hackers alike swing away at the annual departmental golf outing. And finally, our graduates spend one last night of fun and reminiscence at our graduation dinner.

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Life after St. Joe's

St. Joseph’s graduates have become leaders in the fields of anesthesia and pain management across the United States.  Our graduates are well represented in both academics and clinical practice. The late Dr. George Morales, a graduate of St. Joseph’s in the early 1950s, was the trauma anesthesiologist to take care of President Ronald Reagan after an assassination attempt in 1981. Many of our graduates have chosen to stay with us at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s, educating the next generation of anesthesiologists.

Here is a list of our most recent alumni and where they went after training:

2017

Bilal Abadi, Private practice, AZ

Amber Campbell, Critical Care fellowship, University of Texas

Linda Hormozi, Cardiac anesthesia fellowship, Duke University

Victor Perkins, Private practice, NY

Namratha Prabhu, Pain Management fellowship, University of Rochester

Noah Rolleri, Cardiac anesthesia fellowship, Johns Hopkins University

John Ruth, Pediatric anesthesia fellowship, Children's National Medical Center (D.C.)

Pesach Schorr, Private practice, NJ

 

2016

Joseph Eisele, Private practice, NJ

Jeffrey Hsieh, Private practice, NJ

Yiaho Jiang, Private practice, NJ

Tripali Kundu, Pediatric anesthesia fellowship, Emory University

Michael Lapicki, Private practice, NJ

Abigail Meigh, Pediatric-anesthesia fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center

Alyssa Padover, Pediatric-anesthesia fellowship, Johns Hopkins University

 

2015

Justin Carbonello, Cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship: Montefiore Medical Center

Susan Dadaian, Private practice, NJ

Michaella Davis-Phinn, Private practice, NJ

Gerald Garcia, Pediatric anesthesia fellowship: Arkansas Children’s Hospital, University of Arkansas

Michael Marji, Private/academic practice, NJ

Nadine Mirzayan, Obstetric anesthesia fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center/St. Luke’s

Neelema Sinha, Regional anesthesia fellowship: University of New Mexico

Dmitriy Yukhvid, Cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship: Rutgers/ Robert Wood Johnson

 

2014

Georgina Sesana, Acute Pain & Regional anesthesia fellowship, The Cleveland Clinic

Maisie Tsang, Pediatric anesthesia fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children,Toronto

Sumreen Vaid-Pinyard, Regional anesthesia & Acute pain fellowship: University of Iowa

Lindsay Cammarata, Pediatric fellowship: Nemours DuPont Hospital for Children

Eliyahu Cooper, Private practice, NJ

Monica Goel, Private practice,  PA

Silvester Kagunye, Private practice, CA

 

2013

Joanne Spaliaras, Pediatric anesthesia fellowship, The Cleveland Clinic

Mark Conopio, Private practice in PA

Lars Galldin, Private/academic practice, NJ

Harmanjot Kaur, Private practice, NJ

Mira Kehar, Private practice, NJ

Eugene Wong, Private practice, CA

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Research

Research and Scholarly Activity

The Department of anesthesia has a robust program of research and scholarly activities resulting in multiple yearly presentations at national and regional conferences. While every resident must complete one scholarly project during training, many of them participate in multiple presentations. Our residents have been awarded for their projects and in 2016, the Director of OB anesthesia, Dr. Seth Landa, received “Best Obstetric Anesthesia Presentation” and tied for “Best Paper” at the International Anesthesia Research Society Meeting. The hospital has a strong research department, statistician and library staff to help with projects. Listed below are our scholarly presentations for 2016-2017.

 

 

Publications and Presentations

 

Enriquez L. et al  Book chapter: Coagulation Monitoring.  Kaplan’s Cardiac Anesthesia: In  Cardiac and Non-Cardiac Surgeries, 7th ed. February, 2017.

 

Prabhu N, Parvez U.  Conventional vs Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation for Treatment of Lumbar Facet Syndrome.  New York School of Regional Anesthesia 14th Annual Symposium.  Case report presentation,   September 19, 2015.

 

Campbell A, Ravi R, Landa S, Pakonis G.  Cephalosporin Use in the Penicillin Allergic Patient.  American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.  Poster presentation, October 24, 2015.

 

Landa S, Winikoff S, Pakonis G.  Geographic Preferences of Medical Students Matching in Anesthesia: Implications for Residency Programs.  American Society for Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.  Poster presentation, October 24, 2015.

 

Escano J, Lizardo-Escano T, Patel, Tse.  A Simple Mask Assembly Provided Pre-Oxygenation and Assisted Nasal Ventilation in a Morbidly Obese Patient during VL ETI and Post Extubation CPAP.  International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient (ISPCOP) Fourth Annual Symposium, San Diego, CA.  Poster presentation, October 26, 2015.

 

Escano J, Cohen S, Denny, Lizardo-Escano T, Woo, Tse.  Does No Cost TSE Mask Improve Oxygenation and Reduce Severe Oxygen Desaturation in Obese Patients During Cardioversion/AICD Testing.  International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient (ISPCOP) Fourth Annual Symposium, San Diego, CA.  Poster presentation, October 26, 2015.

 

Teplitsky, Zauk J, Perkins V, Upadya P.  Techniques and Rationale for Properly Securing the Nasal Endotracheal Tube.  Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia Research Conference, Portsmouth, VA.  Poster presentation, April 16, 2016.

 

Kundu T, Upadya P.  Satisfaction of Anesthesia Providers with Current Practices of Transition of Care.  7th Networking World Anesthesia Convention, New York, NY.  Poster presentation, April 20, 2016.

 

Woglom A, Upadya P.  Overcoming Design Barriers in an Independent Pediatric Surgical Center.  Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 31st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.  Poster presentation, May 5, 2016.

 

Ravi R.  Retrospective Study of Intravenous Acetaminophen in The Pediatric Dental Surgery Ambulatory Population.  Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 31st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.  Poster presentation, May 5, 2016.

 

Lizardo-Escano T, Ravi R.  Soothe The Pain Away.  Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 31st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.  Poster presentation, May 5, 2016

 

Upadya P, Woglom A.  The Effects of Anesthetics On Postoperative Delirium In The Outpatient Surgical Center Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 31st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.  Poster presentation, May 5, 2016.

 

Ravi R.  Retrospective Study of Intravenous Acetaminophen in The Pediatric Dental Surgery Ambulatory Population

Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 31st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.  Poster presentation, May 5, 2016.

 

Upadya P, Woglom A.  The Effects of Anesthetics On Postoperative Delirium In The Outpatient Surgical Center.  Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 31st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.  Poster presentation, May 5, 2016.

 

Prabhu N, Parvez U.  Radiofrequency ablation for chronic back pain: a comparison of two techniques of radiofrequency ablation in the management of lumbar facet syndrome.  35th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, Austin Tx.  Poster presentation, May 11, 2016.

 

Landa S, Costa D, Markley J, Woglom A, Jiang A, Hormozi L.  Ketorolac Prevents Nausea and Vomiting Related to Uterine Exteriorization During Cesarean Section: A Randomized, Controlled Double-Blinded Study.  International Anesthesia Research Society 2016 Annual Meeting  San Francisco, CA.  Poster presentation, May 21, 2016.

 

Kundu T, Upadya P.  Quality Improvement Iniative: Developing a Standard Hand-Off Protocol for Utilization Amongst Anesthesia Providers to Enhance Intra-operative Communication.  International Anesthesia Research Society 2016 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  Poster presentation, May 21, 2016.

 

Abadi B, Uva N, Linaac, Sung HC, Ramireddy H, Jakimovski, Upadya P, Genovese.  A Novel Interdiscplinary Approach To Reducing Preoperative Laboratory Testing - A Step Toward The Peri-Operative Surgical Home?  2016 St. Joseph's University Medical Center Research Day, Paterson, NJ.  Poster presentation, June 1, 2016.

 

 

Abadi B, Ramireddy H, Upadya P.  The Ongoing Tale of Preoperative Testing in ASA 1 Patients: The Cost of Gender Discrepancies.  Poster presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, October 22, 2016.

 

Upadya P, Parikh F, Mackenzie S.  Incidence of Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Mekhjian H, Upadya P.  Hemiplegic Conversion Disorder Followng Suction D&C in a Patient with No Prior Psychiatric History.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Upadya P.  Promoting Safety in the Ambulatory Surgical Center.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Upadya P, Parikh F, Mackenzie S.  Under-utilization of Apfel Scores Necessitating Further Educational Strategies.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Upadya M, Meyer M.  Comparison of m-YPAS scoring between Pre-operative Nursing and Anesthesiologist in the Outpatient setting.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Mackenzie S, Parikh F, Upadya F.  Cost-effective Use of Single-dose Intra-operative Dexamethasone in the Prevention of Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting: A Prospective Observational Study.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Bauman G, Upadya P.  Outpatient Comparison and Utilization of the M-YPAS Assessment to Estimate the Level of Anxiety at Induction of Anesthesia for the Pediatric Patient by Anesthesiologist and Nurse. Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Ramireddy H, Abadi B, Upadya P.  The Continued Tale of Pre-operative Testing: A Glance at the Sub-specialty Cost of ASA I Patients.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Schanzer J, Mekhjian H, Upadya P.  Case Report: Over-utilization of Hospital Resources in the Non-Compliant Bipolar Patient.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

Mackenzie S, Parikh F, Upadya P.  Excessive use of Medications Causing Low Incidence of Post Operative Nausea and Vomiting in a Community Teaching Hospital.  Poster presentation at PGA-70, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologist, December 9, 2016.

 

 

Winikof S, Meyer M, Landa S, Parikh F, Ruth J.  Utilization of Non-Opioid Analgesics for Post-Operative Pain in the Pediatric Population.  Poster presentation at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia-American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 Annual Meeting, March 4, 2017.

 

Ruth J, Chan K.  Multimodal Anesthetic Approach for Fast Tracking Surgical Repair of Ostium Secundum Atrial Septal Defect Patients.  Poster presentation at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia-American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 Annual Meeting, March 4, 2017.

 

Parikh F, Chan K.  The Anesthetic Management of a Girl With West Syndrome.  Poster presentation at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia-American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 Annual Meeting, March 4, 2017.

 

Ruth J, Chan K, Winikoff S.  Multimodal Anesthetic Approach for Fast Tracking Surgical Repair of Ostium Secundum Atrial Septal Defect Patients.  Poster presentation at the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiology 2017 Annual Meeting, March 11, 2017.

 

Hormozi L, Ravi R, Lewis S.  Wellens’ Syndrome: A Potentially Catastrophic Near-Miss in the Perioperative Period.  Poster presentation at the Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia 32nd Annual Meeting, May 6, 2017.

 

Landa S, Marji M, Rolleri N, Akhtar S, Zisa S.  Anesthetic Management of Cesarean Section in a Rare Variant of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  Poster presentation at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology 49th Annual Meeting, May 14, 2017.

 

Landa S, Chan K, Costa D, Lizardo-Escano T.  Music in the Section Room? The Obstetrician's Perspective.  Poster presentation at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology 49th Annual Meeting, May 14, 2017.

 

Upadya P, Schorr D.  Subdural Hematoma After Epidural Placement – A Case Report.   Presented  at Research Day, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, May 25, 2017.

 

Perkins V, Mara, Zauk J, Upadya P.  Technique Variations of Securing the Naso-endotracheal tube, the Dentist’s Preference.  Presented at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists 2017 Annual Meeting, May 27, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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