School of Health and Medical Sciences


Unless specified otherwise, all rotations occur at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey.

Year 1

  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) – 1 month
  • General Surgery – 1 month
  • Radiology – 1 month
  • Plastic Surgery – 1 month
  • Trauma Surgery – 1 month
  • Anesthesia – 1 month
  • Orthopaedic surgery – 6 months

Year 2

  • General Orthopaedics/Hand – 4 months
  • General Orthopaedics/Spine – 4 months
  • Trauma – 4 months

Year 3

  • Trauma – 4 months
  • General Orthopaedics/Hand – 4 months
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery – 4 months at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital (Wilmington, Delaware)

Year 4

  • Adult Reconstruction – 4 months
  • Sports Medicine – 2 months
  • Foot and Ankle – 2 months
  • Trauma – 1 month
  • Orthopaedic Oncology – 3 months at Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, New Jersey)

Year 5

  • Adult Reconstruction – 4 months
  • Sports Medicine – 2 months
  • Foot and Ankle – 2 months
  • Trauma – 2 months
  • Hand – 2 months


Orthopaedic conference is held weekly every Tuesday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. At this time, the previous week's surgical cases are presented, and patient management is discussed. All faculty attendings are present, and these conferences are highly interactive. Regional guest lecturers will commonly speak at this conference. Grand Rounds are typically held monthly and include visiting professors of national renown.

Resident education also consists of designated education time twice a week. This takes place in the Orthopaedic Conference Room on Thursday and Friday mornings before cases. Every Friday, there are attending run lectures for the residents from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. This is strictly protected time and mandatory for all residents to attend. The Thursday morning lecture series consists of lectures given by either a resident or attending on a topic of their choice. Residents are encouraged to collaborate with attendings in order to present lectures on topics of interest.

Each fall, Thursday lectures will be replaced by instructional anatomy dissections with cadavers. These dissections are run by attendings, during which surgical approaches, pertinent clinical anatomy and basic surgical skills are taught. One resident will be responsible for dissecting out the scheduled anatomy for each week's topic.


Research is an important aspect of the Seton Hall Orthopaedic Residency. Each resident is required to initiate and complete a minimum of one research project before graduation. Residents are encouraged to submit ongoing research projects for consideration at conferences nationwide. Joint research projects with faculty staff are common and encouraged. Each year, fourth-year residents will present their research at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Society annual meeting. 

Medical Students

Interested third- and fourth-year medical students are encouraged to schedule an elective rotation with the orthopaedic team. This commonly consists of a four-week rotation, and the student will be exposed to operating room procedures, emergency room diagnosis and treatment, care of in-house patients and the didactic programs.

Key responsibilities of the students include:

  • The students are integral members of the orthopedic team.
  • They participate in rounding on patients and are involved in the treatment care in the emergency department and operating room.
  • The students are also responsible for preparing a PowerPoint presentation during the four-week rotation, as well as participating in weekly conferences.
  • The students are not required to take night calls or weekend calls; however, interested students can spend additional time assisting junior residents on-call in the evaluation and management of acute orthopaedic injuries.

Medical student rotations can be set up by contacting the St. Joseph's medical education department at

Program Director:
Vincent McInerney, M.D.

(973) 754-2926

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