Jonathan F Lara, MD St Barnabas Med Ctr Dept of Pathology 94 Old Short Hills Rd Livingston, NJ 07039
Tel: (973) 322-5762 Fax: (973) 322-5564
Barnabas Healthcare System is the largest health care system in NJ. The program offers excellent combined training in both Anatomic and Surgical pathology. This is a community hospital with affiliations to teaching hospitals.
Pathologists who founded our departments are famous in the field of pathology.
I did my training in this program, No regrets whatsoever.
This program has been overlooked by most applicants, with me included.. but the training here is outstanding.
I interviewed with other programs, my first was in NY (in which residents appear unhappy and overworked), few days after my interview, the PD offered me a prematch..
What can i say about the program,
Excellent training, various attendings who trained us came from different institutions such as Harvard, Memorial-Sloan, UPenn, NYU, Mt.Sinai etc. i felt that our education became an integration of all their expertise. We rotate on different hospitals and specialty centers (mostly NJ and NY).
Surgical specimens from 2 major hospitals totals to above 35,000/year. We get all sorts of specimens pancreas, brain, lung, kidney, colon, gyn, soft tissue, you name it. Hours during surgical months are bearable, there are days that you may get overwhelmed but most of the time you will get help from a fellow resident. Work hours probably depends on year level, PGY-1 will likely spend long hours in the hospital during cutting days but as you progress you'll probably average 60-70hr/week (on surgical). We have 2 PA's at SBMC (although one is sometimes moody and picks out specimens he wants to do), they can be a source of information whenever you have questions. Attendings are also always available and approachable. (SBMC)
We have lots of educational activities such as conference, tumor boards, research activities etc.
You will have the opportunity to teach medical students
When you finish this program, you won't find yourself lacking... bec. you might have had one of the best training... which I can attest to, being acquainted with other programs(residents) during national meetings.
Our CP training is okay too, you'll get time to catch up on your reading and do some research.
Elective rotation is available as well.
Graduates gets into great fellowship programs bec. of SBMC's reputation.
Better working hours
Diversity of specimens
Very structured program
You will still have to gross biopsies and small routines even though there are PA's (I admit that you might no longer learn from those stuff after your first year.)
Educational allowance for books etc.. is only $250-300/year compared to other programs. (but we get up to $1,200) if we get to attend a national meeting.
Commute to different hospitals
Picky PA in SBMC (Moody) but still ok.
More moths of AP compared to other programs, Can be busy at times
Separate autopsy rotation but still do auotopsies when on surgicals..
Excellent program, Comparable to the best. If i had to apply again and repeat my residency, I'll still definitely go with SBMC.