Residency: Internal Medicine

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General Information

Our three-year categorical Internal Medicine Program is sponsored by the Rutgers NJ Medical School. Our program is fully accredited by the ACGME and the AOA. The program provides physicians in training with the knowledge, technical expertise, and humanistic skills internists need to provide quality care for patients. The program gives residents exposure to diverse mix of patients with a variety of medical conditions.

Internal Medicine Program Leadership

William Farrer, M.D. FACP, FIDSA
Program Director

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Farrer completed his Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY and his fellowship in Infectious Disease at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Associate Program Director for many years. Dr. Farrer recently took over as Program director. He has been the recipient of the Archbishop McCarrick Award for Teaching Excellence and is past president of the Infectious Disease Society of New Jersey. He also serves on the American College of Physicians New Jersey Chapter Governor's Council and in 2014 received the prestigious Laureate Award for Service to ACP. He has been listed as a Top Doctor in New York Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, and the Castle Connolly Guide.

Raja Pullatt, MD, FACC, FASNC
Associate Program Director

A graduate of JJM Medical College in India, Dr. Pullatt completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Connecticut and his Cardiology Fellowship at University of Connecticut - Hartford Hospital. He was selected to serve as Chief Medical Resident and Chief Cardiovascular Fellow and received the Ralph F. Reinfrank Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Pullatt joined the Internal Medicine residency program as Associate Program Director in 2016. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Pullatt is also board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiovascular CT and Vascular Ultrasound. He also serves as faculty for the Cardiology fellows rotating at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

James Agresti, DO
Program Director Osteopathic Track
Dr. Agresti graduated from Kirksville School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital Corporation and his Nephrology Fellowship at Hahnemann University Medical Center. He has been the Program Director of the Osteopathic Track since its inception.

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Michael Brescia, MD
Critical Care

Jill Butler, MD
Primary Care

Geraldo Capo, MD

Michelle Cholankeril, MD

John D'Angelo, DO
Emergency Medicine

Ari Eckman, MD

Nancy Gadallah, DO

Vipin Garg, MD

Thomas Golbert, MD

Abie Li, DO
Emergency Medicine

Meherwan Joshi, MD

William Kessler, MD

Barry Levinson, MD

Abie Li, DO
Emergency Medicine

Tariq Mahmood, MD

James McAnally, MD

Arthur Millman, MD

Muniba Naqi, MD
Hospital Medicine

Manish Patel, MD
Primary Care

Julius Salamera, MD
Infectious Disease

Clark Sherer, MD
Infectious Disease

Fayez Shamoon, MD

Kamran Tasharofi, MD
Primary Care

Michael Viksjo, MD

Michael Zaboski, MD
Primary Care

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. How do I submit an application?
A. All residents must apply through the Electronic Residency Applications(ERAS). Applications submitted in any other form will not be reviewed. Both Allopathic and Osteopathic graduates may apply.

Q. How Many Categorical Positions are there?
A. We take 10 PGY-1 residents each year, including the AOA/AMA track.

Q. Does your program Accept applicants who need a Visa?
A. Program will sponsor H-1 and J-1 visas; we are exempt from the H-1 cap.

Q. Is there a "cut off" year of Graduation?
A. We prefer applicants who have graduated in the last 5-6 years.

Q. Is there a USMLE cut off? Do I have to have my CS to apply?
A. We prefer scores of 225 and above on USMLE steps 1 and 2 on the first attempt. You do not have to have CS to apply but must have passed it on the first attempt in order to participate in the match. For Osteopathic school graduates, we prefer scores of at least 500 on each COMLEX step and it must be in the first attempt. It is not required to have both USMLE and Comlex.

Q. What are some of the facilities of the hospitals?

  • State of the Art EMR (Allscripts' Sunrise Clinical Manager), virtually paperless as of summer 2015
  • Fully stocked library and extensive on-line services such as UpToDate, EBSCO Host, and Access Medicine
  • Free Parking
  • Resident On-Call Rooms
  • Resident Lounge
  • Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Extensive Cardiology services, including elective and emergency angioplasty
  • Trinitas Wound Healing Center
  • New state-of-tehe-art Emergency Department
  • New ICU beds

Q. Does the program work with any medical students?
A. We have many medical students from St George's, Touro, and NY College of Osteopathic Medicine throughout the hospital. As a resident on the floors or in the unit you will supervise these students.

Q. Do I get to see my own panel of clinic patients?
A. Starting in July of your first year you are assigned your own clinic day where you will be seeing your own clinic patients under the supervision of our clinic preceptors.

Q. Is there an opportunity to do research?
A. We encourage research from the beginning of residency. Each year, Seton Hall sponsors a Research Colloquium Day, and many of our residents participate and submit poster presentations.

Q. If I need help in a certain area during residency what do I do?
A. Our residency program is a very friendly environment and the faculty are readily available. In your PGY I you are assigned a faculty mentor. Your mentor will be meeting with you at least quarterly and more if needed if you would like to concentrate on a certain area.

Q. Does your program allow observerships?
A. The Internal Medicine Program does not sponsor any oberserverships.

Q. What will my salary be as a resident?
The salaries are as follows:
PGY-I- $50,052.29
PGY II- $53,710.18
PGY III-$57,145.50

Q. Will I receive other benefits?
A. Yes as a resident you will receive the following benefits:

  • Meal Cards while on call
  • Lab Coats
  • Scrubs
  • Malpractice
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Book Allowance

Q. Will I need a NJ Medical License before I can start my residency?
A. NJ does not require residents to have a license.

Q. What Fellowship opportunities does your program have?
A. At this time, Trinitas is part of an integrated Cardiology fellowship under the directorship of Dr. Fayez Shamoon, who is based at TRMC. Residents have the opportunity to do electives in Hematology/Oncology and Gastroenterology at St. Joseph's Medical center, which has historically been part of the Seton Hall fellowship system. With the start of the new Medical School, we are excited about the prospects for new training opportunities.

Q. What's new at Trinitas?
A. In July 2016, four Preliminary Residents began their required Internal Medicine year. These residents matched in the Seton Hall Sponsored Neurology program at JFK. They have been integrated into our program's rotation schedules.

Q. Do I get to Interact with other residents or fellows in my training?
A. Yes. Trinitas also has a Psychiatry residency and a Podiatry residency, all of whom do 1-4 months of Internal Medicine. There are also always two Cardiology fellows rotating at Trinitas. In addition, we have four surgical residents and three OB/GYN residents from St John's Episcopal. There are multiple disciplinary conferences on a regular basis.

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Sample Monthly Teaching Schedule

7:00AM    Morning Report (Daily)
7:00AM    Med-Surg Conference (Monthly)
8:00AM    Neuro Radiology (Monthly)
10:30AM    Chief of Service (Tuesday)
9:00AM   Morbidity and Mortality Conference (First Thursday each month)
9:00AM    Grand Rounds (Every Thursday except first Thursday)
12:00PM    Core Lecture series Daily Journal Club (once a month)
12:00PM    Tumor Board (First Friday of each Month)

Internal Medicine Rotation Schedule

1 month ICU
7 months Floors
2 Months Ambulatory
1 Month Vacation
1 Month Night Float

2 months Ambulatory
1 month Vacation
3 1/2 months ICU
1 1/2 months Floor Team Leader
1 month Night Float
3 months Elective in one of the sub-specialties

1 month Geriatrics
1 month Emergency Medicine
1 month Unit Team Leader
1 1/2 months Ambulatory
1 month Vacation
1 month Night Float
2 1/2 month Floor Team Leader
3 months Elective in one of the sub-specialties

*one elective in the PGY II or PGY III must be in Neurology

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Post Graduates 2006-2017 (Our Successes)

Specialty Field
# of Residents

Cardiology Fellowships

Critical Care Fellowships

Endocrinology Fellowships


Geriatrics Fellowships

Hematology/Oncology Fellowships

Infectious Disease Fellowships

Nephrology Fellowship

Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowships

Hospitalist Position

Primary Care


Board Pass Rate: 100% for Trinitas Residents in the last three years!

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