University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - Newark

Rosemarie Puig Phone: 973.972.4488 or Marie Daniels Phone: 973.972.2888 Fax: 973.972.3892

State Code: 
New Jersey
Faculty Survey Results: 

UMDNJ-New Jersey (Newark) Program - Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad, MD, Residency Program Director

Attach to Residency Program: 
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - Newark
Survey Respondent: 
Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad, MD, Residency Program Director
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
* The UMD New Jersey Medical School Program in Urological Surgery is an ACGME-accredited 5 year program with an excellent track record. The last Residency Review Committee (RRC) visit granted the program a 5-year accreditation (highest possible). Dr. Marc Jordan is the new Chairman of the Division of Urology and will start his tenure in the summer of 2003. Significant additional resources have been allocated to the urology program in the past year and these are certain to further strengthen the residency training. The following is a list of some of the reasons a prospective candidate may apply to our program:
o A well-balanced educational experience with exposure to a major trauma center, one of the largest VA facilities in the East Coast, a national/internationally recognized pediatric urology program and 2 large medical centers (University Hospital; Hackensack University Medical Center) offering a wide variety of urological experiences including robotic/laparoscopic surgery and microsurgery.
o A superior operative case load (consistently in the upper tertile nationally)
o Fellowship-trained or nationally recognized specialists in uro-oncology, female urology, transplant & renovascular hypertension, male infertility, erectile dysfunction, laparoscopy-robotics, and pediatric urology.
o Outstanding post-residency placement in fellowships & private practices. Of the previous 10 chief residents, 5 have entered private practice and 5 have pursued specialty fellowships in laparoscopy, pediatric urology, endourology, renovascular surgery, and reconstructive urology.
o 100% pass rate in written/oral boards for our graduates in the past 6 years
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
Dedication to the field of urology, superior academic performance, integrity, and a genuine interest in our program. Since most of the applicants fulfill these criteria, a "team player" spirit and positive personality traits are additional important considerations.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
Given the extremely competitive nature of the urology residency application process, it is the combination of the previously mentioned criteria, rather than one or two specific aspects of the application, that separate the applicants invited for interview from others.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
Start early. Be sure to do a clinical rotation in your most desired residency program. Take your Boards VERY seriously and prepare for them. Get to know the residents in at least one or two of your desired programs and work VERY hard during your clinical rotations on their services. You can not only learn from them, they can be a positive influence when it comes to the final rank list.