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About the Residency Program

Scott Mellender, MD
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 732-235-6153
Fax: 732-235-5100


We are pleased that you are interested in our anesthesia residency program and hope that this section of our web site provides you with useful information that you need to make your decision on choosing an anesthesia residency training program. Throughout our 20 years, we have been able to successfully recruit talented faculty with diverse interests and who have much enthusiasm. In addition, we have been fortunate to attract superb residents who have proudly trained here.

We are committed to developing exceptional clinicians. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has, in the past, been acclaimed by US News and World Report as one of the top ten comprehensive medical schools in the country. We are located in Central New Jersey and have much to offer to satisfy everyone's lifestyle. The selection of your anesthesia residency training program is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Message from the Chief Residents:

Dear Applicants,

WELCOME to Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anesthesiology Residency Program!
As the 2017-2018 Chief Residents, we greatly appreciate your interest in our program and are excited to give you a glimpse into our world. In short, this is a wonderful place to train, developing residents that become well-rounded, clinically-adept physician consultants of anesthesiology.  Under the leadership of Dr. Mellender as our program director, our residency continues to evolve with weekly resident didactics and incorporation of state-of-the art simulation center to our training.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a Level-1 trauma center located in New Brunswick, NJ. Residents spend their entire training at the 800-plus-bed University Hospital, which also includes The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Providing care to a diverse population, our residents are exposed to a wide array of high-acuity cases, while attending to multiple critical care needs and performing various subspecialty procedures. With our state-of-the-art operating rooms and cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, and trauma intensive care units, we are a leading referral center for the most demanding cases in New Jersey. All of these rich clinical experiences will help you develop and hone skills that will ultimately serve you exceptionally well for the rest of your career.

Moreover, not just our tremendous pride in our clinical training, we also value a balanced life. Our 55-65 hour work week (on average) gives us adequate time outside of the hospital to pursue personal interests and enjoy life away from training. We are conveniently located within driving distance from both New York City and Philadelphia, and the Central New Jersey area is a safe, affordable, and developing community suitable for any lifestyle.
Finally, as a testament to our program, many of our graduates decide to stay here for fellowship and/or join our faculty, infusing a department full of experience and knowledge with energy and innovation.

Thank you for your interest in our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any of your questions. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to meeting you!

Best regards,

Bhoumesh Patel, MD
Samuel Son, MD
Sho Tanaka, MD