About the Residency Program

Scott Mellender, MD

Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 732-235-6631
Fax: 732-235-5100

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. We are thrilled about your interest in a career in anesthesiology. We appreciate your taking the time to learn about our program.

Ours is an advanced program that has 10 residency spots per year. Our mission is to cultivate, train and mentor our anesthesiology residents to achieve success in both their professional and personal lives. Our residents are exposed to diverse cases. Our residents graduate from our program with a tremendous clinical experience that we feel truly prepares them for their future careers.

Residents will rotate at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, and our ambulatory care surgery center, all located within the same campus. The program has a long track record of education with protected didactic time each week for the residents and a successful board pass rate. Most importantly the department has a strong record of sub-specialty fellowship placement. Our program also hosts 4 ACGME-approved fellowship training positions in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology and interventional pain management.

The faculty members in our program have a strong sense of commitment to education and mentorship of our residents. We believe in helping each resident grow to achieve his or her life goals. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School we strive to be a warm, friendly environment in which to train. I wish you success in your future careers.

Scott Mellender, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Residency Program Director

Message from the Chief Residents

Dear Applicants,

Welcome to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anesthesiology Residency Program!

As the 2019-2020 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,

Sarah Lim, MD
Preet Patel, MD
Justin Roberts, MD