Hallmarks of Excellence

Hallmarks of Excellence


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  • Full 10 year accreditation from the ACGME with zero citations at last site visit in 2011.

  • Largest Internal Medicine Residency Program in the State of New Jersey

  • Innovative “8+2” schedule for enhanced ambulatory experience

  • Innovative established Urban Health and Clinician Educator tracks

  • New in July 2021: 4-year combined Internal Medicine-Preventive Medicine track- graduates are eligible for both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine certification, and will obtain MPH degree in Epidemiology and Public Health

  • New in July 2023: HIV Primary Care Track- graduates of this track are eligible to take the HIV Specialty Certification Exam

  • Coming soon in 2023: Innovative “Advising Academy” mentorship program, comprehensive QA/QI curriculum, cutting-edge POCUS and Simulation training

  • Program-specific wellness committee that plans social events and provides support to our residents

  • Exceptional Fellowship placement in the most competitive specialties (95% match in the 2022 Fellowship application cycle)

  • Board Review course delivered annually in April-June on site

  • Excellent Board pass rate (95% rolling pass rate 2019 - 2021)



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Our residents have recently received the following honors and awards:

  • Multiple Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2022, 2020, 2016), with countless resident nominations every year

  • “Young Achiever” recognition at the 2022 National ACP Meeting

  • 2021 NJ ACP Resident Challenge Bowl Champions!

  • 2021 Early Career Investigator Award Semi-Finalist, by American Heart Association

  • Outstanding Resident Award for Teaching from residents and faculty at CBMC (2022)

  • Digestive Diseases Week Posters of Distinction (2021, 2018, 2016)

  • 2019 ACG Presidential Poster Award

  • 2019 AACE Young Investigator Award

  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (2019, 2015)

  • 2018 SGIM Young Scholar Award

  • 2017 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar Resident Travel Award

  • Two "Young Investigator" award winners at Digestive Diseases Week 2016

  • ACG Presidential Poster award winner at American College of Gastroenterology 2015

Our residents are very active scholars. In the AY 2021-2022 only, they submitted 110 abstracts/posters at scientific meetings of national and/or international preeminence and were authors/co-authors on 59 manuscripts submitted to peer reviewed journals, in addition to many contributions to regional and local scientific meetings. In addition, residents co-authored 44 abstracts submitted to our 2022 Departmental Research Day.

Since 2015, our residents have had near to 100% fellowship match rate and pursued subspecialty training at well-known institutions such as Yale University, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Southern California, University of Washington, and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.



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Dr. Daniel Matassa received the Golden Apple Award in 2022. Drs. Matassa and Alla Fayngersh also received this award in 2020. Prior to this, our faculty have received numerous annual awards and nominations for this prestigious honor for many years.

Drs. Rameshwar and Jaker received the 2020 Faculty Organization's Distinguished Career Awards, and Dr. Swaminathan received the 2020 Faculty of the Year Award.

Dr. Alla Fayngersh was selected to recite the Hippocratic oath at the 2015 Convocation. Prior gonfalon bearers include Drs. Neil Kothari and Christine Gerula. Dr. Andrew Berman received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award at NJMS Convocation. Prior winners include Drs. Zaza Cohen, Robert Fede, Jo-Ann Reteguiz, Christine Gerula, and Neil Kothari. Dr. Steven Schutzer received the 2011 UMDNJ Foundation’s Excellence in Research Award. Dr. David Alland also received this award in 2008.

Drs. Jules Gardin, Andrew Berman, David Bleich, Eugenio Capitle, David Cennimo, Christine Gerula, Marc Klapholz, Maya Raghuwanshi and Alan Wolff have been named amongst Castle Connolly's 2019 list of Top Jersey Doctors.

Medicine faculty at Rutgers currently have over $24 million in funding for a variety of interesting and innovative research projects.



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University Hospital's legacy of service is unmatched in New Jersey. Serving as the "family physician" for generations of Newark families, it brings the gold standard of modern medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. Dozens of clinics provide the widest array of care offered in New Jersey. And throughout the community, you'll find University Hospital's team of committed healthcare professionals reaching out with information and encouragement on a wide variety of topics.

Looking ahead with education and research...

As the principal teaching hospital of NJMS and the training site for many of Rutgers' other health professions schools, University Hospital is the experience of a lifetime for hundreds of students and residents. Along with preparing tomorrow's healthcare professionals, University Hospital is helping to shape the future through research initiatives in a wide variety of fields. Striving for a cure for everyone, our physician-scientists are committed to solving the puzzle of healthcare disparities, ending the cycle of disease and death for minorities and the poor.



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The VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network


The VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network has been named one of the nation's MOST WIRED, according to the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Primary care is emphasized at the VANJHCS. Veterans are assigned their own health care providers whom they see on a regular basis. Access to a wide variety of specialists is available through the primary providers. In addition to general medical, psychiatry, and long-term care, a full range of medical and surgical subspecialty care is provided to veterans of the VANJHCS in a variety of special programs as listed below. Because the VANJHCS is dedicated to developing programs that meet all veterans' needs, teams of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and others all work together to develop programs of distinction that often become models for the health care field.

The System's Diabetes Education, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Prosthetics, Homeless Outreach Programs, and others have been recognized for outstanding achievement both within the Department of Veterans Affairs and the general health care community. A recognized leader in research, the VANJHCS maintains a very active research program with over 60 investigators conducting pioneering work in areas such as infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, and the health effects of smoking. The East Orange Campus was selected as one of two new research centers that are looking at ways to care for active duty patients and veterans with war-related illnesses.




Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center's commitment to excellence has drawn national recognition. As New Jersey’s only certified burn center, CBMC draws adult and pediatric patients from all over the state. The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division is the 3rd largest program in the nation and the largest Living Donor Transplant program in the U.S. The Heart Centers at CBMC offer a comprehensive array of cardiac services and procedures including Open Heart Surgery and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR). The Cancer Center at CBMC, a clinical partner of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, offers a coordinated program including Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncology with the expertise and compassion to treat a wide range of cancers and disease sites.

CBMC is part of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey's largest integrated health care delivery system with acute care hospitals, a Behavioral Health Center, ambulatory care facilities, a statewide behavioral health network and comprehensive home care and hospice programs.