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Program Overview

At the Leading Edge of Anesthesia Care, Training, and Research

Dr. Winikoff with St. Joe's contingent at Society for Pediatric Anesthesia meeting.

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center has a rich, more than 150 year history, 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 and was named by the Leapfrog Group as one of the nation’s top 53 teaching 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.

With 24 residents (8/year), our program is 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 with several medical school affiliations including Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall university, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and St. George’s University School of Medicine, our residents experience all the advantages of both university-based and community-based training.  Teaching medical students and learning how to teach are integral components of our 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. I invite you to see a small sample of recent leaders we have produced under the “Leaders in Anesthesia” heading on this website.

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, businesses, a fitness center, a new parking garage and affordable resident/student housing.

We have seen continued expansion of the surgical and high-risk obstetric services offered at St. Joe’s.  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 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 features a neuro-interventional suite where  residents on their neuroanesthesia and non-operating room anesthesia rotations have  played an important role in the care of 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, the American Society of Anesthesiologists Monitor and others) for its landmark “Alternatives To Opiates (ALTO)” ER pain management program, designed to reduce narcotic use as a first line therapy. Attendings in our Pain Management Center have been at the forefront of these efforts, helping to train the nation’s first emergency room/pain fellow, Dr. Alexis LaPietra, who now directs the ALTO program. Dr. Seth Landa, our Program Director, presented the ALTO program at the recent ACGME national meeting.
During the recent pandemic, the Department of Anesthesia was tasked with running a covid ICU, caring for the most critically ill victims of the disease as well as handling an overwhelming demand for airway management throughout the hospital.  Both the faculty and residents stepped up and embraced this incredible challenge. The teamwork and dedication was remarkable as we all learned together how to best combat this unique disease. Faculty members went to great lengths to secure the best PPE available for the safety of our residents and staff. I have never been prouder to be associated with this department than during this physically and mentally stressful crisis.

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 on this site to learn more about our hospital, our department and our training program. Welcome to St. Joe’s!
Stephen P. Winikoff, MD

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