PATERSON, NJ [July 25, 2011] - St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, N.J., and New York Medical College (NYMC), Valhalla, N.Y., announced a new academic affiliation affirming the institutions' common commitment to providing tomorrow's medical experts with a strong foundation of clinical training and research opportunities.
"St. Joseph's is proud to collaborate with New York Medical College in an academic affiliation that will impact the future of health care for years to come. Both organizations have rich legacies of strong medical education programs that bring leading edge health care, research, and resources that enhance the expertise of staff and patient quality of care," stated William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph's Healthcare System.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Regional Medical Center and the college will cooperate in programs of medical education and research. The initial group of 16 third- and fourth-year medical students from NYMC began their clinical experiences in Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Neurology, Family Medicine, Surgery, Medicine, and Psychiatry at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center this summer. They will pursue core studies, electives and research through varied opportunities in the urban tertiary care environment at St. Joseph's. The hospital will contribute the use of its facilities and resources to participate in the medical education programs of NYMC.
"St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center offers NYMC students a superb training site for clinical experiences ranging from primary care to the most complex cases. By affiliating with St. Joseph's, we are opening a new vista in New Jersey with a major medical center that shares our commitment to the underserved and to our mission of teaching, research and patient care," said Karl P. Adler, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of New York Medical College.
In recognition of the relationship between the two institutions, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center announced the appointment of Paul M. Wallach, M.D., Vice Dean of Medical Education, New York Medical College, as Medical Education Program Director at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.
"Combining the resources of New York Medical College and St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center will strengthen medical education and reflects an important part of Touro's mission: serving the underserved. The emphasis is patient-centric, and it is those most in need of health care services who will be best served by the affiliation," said Alan Kadish, M.D., President and CEO of the Touro College and University System.
New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System, is one of the nation's largest private health sciences universities with more than 1,400 students, residents and fellows and 3,000 faculty members. NYMC's network of affiliates, including large urban medical centers, smaller community hospitals and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, affords outstanding clinical training opportunities for medical students and residents in the tri-state area. www.nymc.edu.