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Department Overview

  • Program Size – the Program currently maintains an ACGME resident complement of twelve (12) fellows; four in each academic year
Training Locations
  • St. Joseph's University Medical Center (SJUMC), located in Paterson, New Jersey, serves as the primary teaching site for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. The Medical Center is the site of an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program under the academic self-sponsorship of St. Joseph's University Medical Center. The Medical Center maintains a large and comprehensive Division of Cardiovascular Disease that offers the full spectrum of cardiac pathology and services including: clinical/preventive cardiology; non-invasive cardiology (including ECHO, nuclear, cardiac CT, and, cardiac MRI); invasive/interventional cardiology; open heart surgery; and, full vascular services including peripheral vascular disease, diagnosis and intervention. The Program maintains an adequate number of ABIM Board-certified cardiologists and interventional cardiologists who possess excellent academic credentials and research participation and who serve as supervising faculty.  The Medical Center serves as a Level-Two trauma center in the State of New Jersey.
  • St. Michael's Medical Center (SMMC), located in Newark, New Jersey, serves as a tertiary teaching facility with a long history of providing advanced, complex and challenging interventional and open heart procedures. Cardiovascular Disease fellows are exposed to an array of acute and chronic cardiovascular disease cases. With one of the largest HIV clinics in the State of New Jersey, St. Michael's Medical Center provides fellows with encounters to the various cardiovascular disease manifestations of HIV. The diverse population of patients at St. Michael's Medical Center provides a rich environment for research that culminates into ground-breaking publications.
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), located in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is a comprehensive medical center serving an indigent and suburban population.  A full range of clinical departments including Internal Medicine, Surgery, OBGYN, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry are available. Training at Trinitas Regional Medical Center enhances the fellows' exposure to patients of diverse ethnic backgrounds with a wide variety of pathological cardiovascular diseases. The active Emergency Department triages a relatively large number of acute myocardial infarctions that are mostly treated with primary angioplasty. 

Population Served
Training at all three sites allows our fellows the opportunity to serve a diverse patient population.  Adult and geriatric patients of all gender backgrounds are treated.  Our patient population includes those from a wide array of ethnic, cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 
Volunteer/Community Outreach  

Our fellows have participated in volunteer efforts within the cities of Paterson, Newark, and Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Annual outreach programs serving these cities provide our fellows with the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they train.  Outreaches in homeless shelters, rehabilitation programs, and annual walk-a-thons provide invaluable experience in character building and fostering compassion and camaraderie amongst our fellows, faculty, and the communities-at-large.
Teaching Opportunities
Fellows present at weekly didactic lectures to medical residents and medical students.  As stated earlier, many of our former graduates have joined the academic ranks of our teaching faculty.
Board Pass Rates – >90% ABIM Board Pass Rate rolling five-years
Competitive salary, health benefits, malpractice, short-term and long-term disability, and retirement savings plans are available from all three participating sites.  On-site parking at all sites is provided.  The primary teaching site, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, provides daycare/childcare services at a reduced rate to its employees. 
Educational Resources
The Internal Review Board extends guidance and support to fellows with their research activities.  A designated Research Director is available to guide and assist fellows. The Medical Center sponsors an annual Research Day that welcomes presentations from faculty and fellows.  On-site librarians offer personalized assistance with literature searches, inter-library loan, and reference services.  Well-appointed computer terminals are available to faculty, fellows, and employees. Fellows receive a generous educational stipend for conference attendance and reimbursement for books, journals, dues, and technology. 
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