Jersey Shore hospital earns ACGME accreditation for new anesthesiology residency program

Just the sixth anesthesiology residency program in New Jersey

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s new four-year Anesthesiology Residency Program, launching in spring 2024, recently earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

“We’re excited to launch this new program and eager to receive our first class of applicants,” Dr. Michael Entrup, founding program director, Anesthesiology Residency Program; chair of anesthesiology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center; and regional chair of anesthesia services, Southern Region, Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “As a leading academic medical center with a complete range of adult and pediatric patient services, our residents will be exposed to the broad range of anesthesia services and work collaboratively, and learn from anesthesiologists as well as an array of specialists and leading experts in such fields as cardiology, neurology, nephrology, critical care medicine, surgery and obstetrics & gynecology, to name just a few.”

JSUMC’s graduate medical education program dates back to the 1950s and now includes 10 residency and 10 fellowship educational specialties.

“By 2033, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that there will be a shortage of 12,500 anesthesiologists, nearly 30% of the current staff across the U.S.,” Dr. David Kountz, vice president, academic affairs, Jersey Shore University Medical Center; chief academic officer, Hackensack Meridian Health; senior associate dean, graduate medical education; and professor of medicine, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, said. “Anesthesiology is an essential specialty in medicine. As a leader in medical education in New Jersey, we identified a need to expand our programs and provide this vital education for the next generations of physicians.”

“With a newly accredited school of medicine, three nursing schools and graduate medical training, our network is dedicated to providing exceptional medical education,” Robert Garrett, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “I applaud Jersey Shore’s graduate medical education team for achieving this new and important accreditation, which is a tribute to the strength of their medical education program.”

JSUMC is a major affiliate of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine; St. George’s University School of Medicine; and the Physician Assistant Program at Monmouth University.

“As just the sixth Anesthesiology Residency Program in our state, I’m delighted that our graduates will have an increased opportunity to specialize in anesthesiology right here in New Jersey and at a network academic medical center,” Dr. Jeffrey Boscamp, president and dean, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, said.

JSUMC sponsors ACGME-accredited residency training programs in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, as well as residencies in Pharmacy, Podiatry and Dentistry.

“Our graduate medical education program continues to grow in Monmouth and Ocean counties at Jersey Shore and Ocean University Medical Center. In fact, JSUMC has seen its largest graduating classes grow the past few years,” Dr. Kenneth Sable, regional president, Southern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “Our hope is that these graduates, as they familiarize themselves with HMH, will elect to stay and practice in New Jersey.”

Additionally, JSUMC provides a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship through the Department of Pediatrics; six fellowships in the Department of Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease, Endocrinology, Critical Care, Pulmonary Disease, Nephrology and Hematology/Medical Oncology; and fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

Residency training after medical school allows a graduating physician to specialize in specific areas of medicine and surgery. Fellowship training after residency enables physicians to specialize further in specific fields of their specialty. JSUMC welcomed 96 new residents and fellows on July 1 to begin their respective training programs.

Medical students and physicians interested in applying for the new Anesthesiology Residency Program or any JSUMC graduate medical education program should apply through the National Resident Matching Program.

For more information about JSUMC’s programs, click here.