Internal Medicine Residency Program

Welcome From Our Program Director, Dr. Sameh Elias

I am pleased that you are interested in Internal Medicine training at the Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. We have an educational program that is challenging, supportive, flexible, and responsive to the needs of individual trainees.

The program is dedicated to facilitate the development of well-rounded physicians and ensuring that each individual realizes his or her potential.

Although we make it a priority to provide an exceptional didactic experience, we realize that medicine must be learned at the bedside. The diversity of patients and the scope of pathophysiological disease processes that residents encounter on a daily basis is impressive. Exposure to ambulatory and inpatient training experience is well balanced; therefore, our residents are equally well-prepared to practice as general internists or to pursue further fellowship training.

Another strength of our program is the faculty in the Department of Medicine, who devote a major effort to teaching. Faculty members see residents as junior colleagues and are supportive and approachable. The residents are consistently involved in all decisions related to curriculum changes and service design.

I am confident that you will find that our program is much more than my words can describe.

Sameh Elias, M.D., FACP

Program Director

Program Overview

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Medicine we are pleased to introduce you to the Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency. We originally started as American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approved program. Since 2012, we have graduated four classes and currently have thirty categorical resident positions. In 2017, we have obtained Accreditation on Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation.

Our Core Faculty

Jesus Alfonso, MD

Internal Medicine

Deepak Amin, MD

Internal Medicine

Abraham Lo, DO

Internal Medicine

Sonal Pathak, MD


Eric Rosier, MD

Internal Medicine

Aaron Stein, MD


Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. Our mission is to enhance the health status of the diverse communities we serve and deliver patient care in a safe and nurturing environment consistent with the highest standards of excellence, quality and efficiency, and with strict adherence to ethical practices.

Our trainees receive a well-rounded experience and are exposed to a variety of patient populations and teaching atmospheres at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and outpatient clinics. This prepares our residents to succeed in careers as hospitalists, primary care internists and sub-specialists. Our house staff is able to achieve the balance of strong clinical training and rewarding personal life.

We are proud of our department's balance of community medicine, clinical excellence, teaching commitment and research opportunities. We are fortunate to have dedicated community physicians as well as fulltime staff at our hospital consortium. This faculty is complemented by private physicians in both primary care and subspecialties who commit their expertise and time to our program. One of the many advantages of our residency program is the one-on-one time spent with attending physicians.

We present our trainees with the unique opportunity to measurably improve the health of their community while learning both the art and science of medicine.


The Internal Medicine Residency at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is of 36 months duration. The program is hospital based and follows the Internal Medicine Track as identified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) which includes the following:

  • Residents are required to spend a minimum of 130 distinct half-day sessions in outpatient Continuity Clinic over the course of at least a 30-month period. Our program will achieve 166 distinct half-days with the current PGY-1 to PGY-3 rotation schedule. In these sessions, the residents function as the primary caregiver for patients, some of which they will have seen as inpatients, on an ongoing outpatient basis. This is achieved in the Internal Medicine faculty physicians’ ambulatory clinics, where the attending physician will: supervise, discuss management, review all charts, and enhance the residents’ education including diagnosis, treatment, billing, coding, and health prevention efforts common in the outpatient setting. Ambulatory clinic logs must be kept by all residents (recorded in New-Innovations).
  • During the PGY-1 year, the resident will spend one month in each of the following rotations: Five (5) months of Internal Medicine Floors, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, ICU, Internal Medicine Night Float, Women’s Health, and two half month rotations in Research (or IM floors) and Ambulatory medicine.
  • During the PGY-2 year, the resident will spend one month in each of the following rotations: Three (3) months of Internal Medicine Floors, Internal Medicine Night Float, ICU, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, and two (2) half month rotations in Internal Medicine Floors and Ambulatory medicine.
  • During the PGY-3 year, the resident will spend one month in each of the following rotations: Three (3) months of Internal Medicine Floors, ICU Nights, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Pulmonology, Research (or IM floors), Rheumatology, and one half month rotation in Ambulatory medicine.
  • All residents will participate in the annual resident In-Service exam (IM-ITE) sponsored by the American College of Physicians. (Administered late August to early September)
  • All residents are required to complete a scholarly project to be reviewed and approved by PD/APD and presented at a scientific meeting (Example: NJACP Chapter Residency Abstract poster competition) or publish an original research/review article in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Click the image below to view the rotation schedule.

Our Location

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

7600 River Road
North Bergen, NJ 07047
Phone: (201) 854-5000