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Medical Student Opportunities

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Training Sites

  • St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, which is approximately 700 beds
  • St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, a division of the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, with approximately 115 beds and bassinets
  • Clifton Family Medicine Center at Clifton
  • Great Falls Ambulatory Pediatric Center
  • Family Health Center in downtown Paterson
  • DePaul Ambulatory Care Center at St. Joseph's which houses clinics in Medicine Specialties, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, General Internal Medicine, and a Women's Center
  • Ambulatory Center in Willowbrook, NJ, which is approximately six miles from the campus in Paterson and provides OB/GYN care


Curriculum, Rotation, and Schedule

St. Joseph's offers students the following array of core rotations, sub-internships and electives.

Core

There are twelve-week rotations in medicine and surgery, six week rotations in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology, and a four to six week rotation in Family Practice that can be taken as a core or an elective. This rotation satisfies the requirement for primary care.

Sub-Internships

The sub-internships include eight weeks in medicine and four weeks in pediatrics. Medical Students have the opportunity to train in an Interns role in the 4th year of medical school.

Electives are available in adult and pediatric sub-specialties in the areas listed below:


Adult

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary
  • Radiology


Pediatrics

  • Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
  • Emergency and Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Perinatal Medicine
  • Pulmonology

 

Medical Students are expected to maintain individual logs of their patient encounters, as well as a log that delineates procedures performed by the students or witnessed by an attending. Students are expected to write in the progress notes, identifying themselves with the designation "medical student year 3 or year 4."

Research

Students are encouraged to participate in research projects with residents and fellows.

On-Call Schedule

Students on sub-internships are assigned to a team and function basically as a first year resident. The on-call schedule for most of the rotations for students in their fourth year is every fourth night. Students on their core rotations, except for surgery, are expected to remain until 11:00 p.m.


Services

Cancer Center

A pioneer of various treatments of cancer, St. Joseph's has a weekly Tumor Board meeting and schedules prestigious guest speakers on a regular basis.

Stroke Center

The Neurology Stroke Unit at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center has recently expanded to 16 monitored beds with a "Neurology Special Care Unit". The nurses are specially trained in Stroke and Neurologic care. The stroke program has also been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Program and has received the Bronze and Silver Award for quality stroke care.

This designation recognizes rapid response to stroke by stroke experts with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic developments in the field. Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Centers adhere to State and National Standards for stroke care and patient outcomes. Stroke Centers must be prepared 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to rapidly assess and treat patients with stroke and stroke like symptoms.

 

Trauma Center

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is a state-designated regional trauma center where, each year, approximately 1,300 trauma cases are cared for by our trauma teams. The trauma service includes an in-hospital trauma team and a mobile intensive care unit. The Emergency Department includes an adult and separate Pediatric Emergency Department staffed with Board-certified Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians.


 

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