At the Leading Edge of Anesthesia Care, Training, and Research
St. Joseph’s University Medical Center just celebrated its 150 year anniversary, and the anesthesia residency training program- New Jersey’s oldest - has been training leaders in the field for over 60 years. It has once again been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the New York metropolitan area’s finest hospitals. Both the hospital and the anesthesia department continue to grow, providing our residents with the finest clinical and academic training in a world-class institution.
In 2016, our program expanded to 24 residents (8/year), a comfortable size allowing for a “small-program” feel with personalized attention but in a “big-program” setting with all the necessary resources, the latest educational modalities and broad clinical experiences. As a major teaching hospital affiliated with New York Medical College our residents experience all the advantages of both university-based and community-based training. Our Simulation Laboratory provides residents with a variety of learning experiences to advance their technical and non-technical skills, decision making, team work, task management and situational awareness. We have designed an innovative “Leadership Symposium” helping to train all our residents to become future leaders in our specialty.
With the recent completion of St. Joseph’s Critical Care Building, residents train in an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art facility encompassing new operating rooms, intensive care units, a same-day surgical facility and emergency rooms. The area around the hospital has also changed with new eateries, a fitness center, a new parking garage and affordable resident/student housing.
We have seen across the board increases in our surgical and high-risk obstetric services. As a state-designated Children’s Hospital, our residents become comfortable providing care to our smallest population. Our regional anesthesia program has undergone explosive growth and is a huge part of our increased perioperative involvement as we move closer to the “perioperative surgical home” model of anesthesia care. At both St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Hospitals our residents experience the latest in adult and pediatric open heart surgery. St. Joseph’s is nationally recognized for stroke care and recently opened a neuro-interventional suite where residents on their neuroanesthesia and non-operating room anesthesia rotations have played an important role the care for patients with aneurysms, AV malformations, stroke, and carotid artery disease. As a level two trauma center with a helipad, residents experience the excitement of life saving shock-trauma care.
St. Joseph’s has received national news coverage (New York Times, The Record, CBS, NPR, PIX11 and others) for its landmark “Alternative To Opiates (ALTO)” ER pain management program, designed to reduce narcotic use as a first line therapy. Our Pain Center has been at the forefront of these efforts. The Co-Director of our Pain Management Center, Dr. Brian Jakubowicz, along with regional anesthesia specialist, Dr. Talitha Burns, helped to train the nation’s first emergency room/pain fellow, Dr. Alexis LaPietra, who now directs the ALTO program.
This is just a small sampler of what you can expect to experience during training at St. Joe’s. The quality of our residents is evident not only in their high board pass rate (over 90%), but also in their continued acceptance to prestigious fellowships. We also take great pride in the number of graduates who stay on as attendings to train the next generation of residents. Please explore the links above to learn more about our hospital, our department and our training program. Welcome to St. Joe’s!
Stephen P. Winikoff