Residency & Fellowships

Residencies & Fellowships

We invite medical students and physicians interested in a career in physical medicine and rehabilitation to investigate our superior residency and fellowship programs.

Sara Cuccurullo, MD
Professor and Chairman
Residency Program Director
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Vice President and Medical Director
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Physician in Chief
Rehabilitation Care Transformation Services

PM&R Residency

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is fully accredited (five-year) by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  We are the Department of PM&R for both Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

Our three-year program begins at the PGY-2 level. The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation defines guidelines for appropriate PGY-1 training in preparation for entering a PM&R residency program.

Brain Injury Medicine and Pain Medicine Fellowships

In addition, we have 2 ACGME accredited fellowships at our PM&R program: Brain Injury Medicine & Pain Medicine.

Why Choose JFK?

  • 1-to-1 resident to attending faculty teaching ratio
  • Ample hands-on experience with: joint injections using ultrasound guidance, Botox injections using EMG guidance, baclofen pump refills, EMGs, prosthetics and orthotics.
  • 100% board pass rate on Part 1 PM&R Board Examination
  • Academic Curriculum:  is structured to review each of the 12 major areas of PM&R three times over the course of the residency program during protected didactic time.  Also includes in-house and out-of-house workshops to enhance education (Senior Board Review Course, Mock Exams, Cadaver course, trach, injection, spasticity and ultrasound workshops, Prosthetics Course at UPenn, Orthotics Course at Temple University, and EMG at Jefferson Medical College).
  • Comprehensive Clinical Curriculum and Clinical Competency Program: provides residents with a breadth of clinical experiences in all areas of PM&R, as well as competency-based assessments on each rotation to ensure knowledge acquisition
  • Three months of elective time in PGY4 Year (1 month allowed out of house, 2 months required in house, 2 week required Aftercare/Subacute Rehab experience)

Contact Us

Residency Contacts

Sara Cuccurullo, M.D.
Residency Program Director
732-321-7000 ext. 62133, 62780
Sara.Cuccurullo@hackensackmeridian.org

Leslie Bagay, M.D.
Assistant Residency Program Director
732-321-7000 ext. 68244
Leslie.Bagay@hackensackmeridian.org

Beverly Bolger, PM&R
Residency Program Coordinator
732-321-7000 ext. 62133
Beverly.Bolger@hackensackmeridian.org’

Fellowship Contacts

Brian Greenwald, MD
Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Director
732-321-7000 ext. 62018
Brian.Greenwald@hackensackmeridian.org

Sagar Parikh, M.D
Pain Medicine Fellowship Director
732-321-7000 ext. 68361
Sagar.Parikh@hackensackmeridian.org

Lisa Lopez
Brain Injury Medicine and Pain Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
732-321-7100 ext. 68121
LisaA.Lopez@hackensackmeridian.org

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