Message From the Program Director

Sundip N Patel, MDWelcome to the Medical Education Fellowship at Cooper University Hospital! This fellowship is designed for junior faculty seeking individualized mentorship and opportunities to build skills in medical education teaching, scholarship, leadership and curricular development. The fellowship provides dedicated time to develop academic projects, foster collaborations, and hone a specific area of expertise within medical education. The education fellow will have clinical responsibilities, but reduced compared to new faculty hires, in order to provide ample time to develop their educational skill set and help start their career in medical education. The curriculum has been organized into four educational pillars led by expert faculty in their respective domains: Bedside Teaching/Simulation, UME/GME education and administration, Digital Education, and Scholarly Projects/Career Development. The primary focus on each pillar will last three months. An additional longitudinal curriculum would supplement the core four pillars throughout the academic year. Didactics will occur on a biweekly basis on selected topics within medical education. These one-on-one meetings will be supported by specific asynchronous work that each fellow will complete prior to the meetings so that the meetings can focus on real word application of educational theories and learning modules. The fellowship will involve numerous educational opportunities available at both Cooper University Hospital as well as Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. 

Cooper University Hospital

Cooper is a Level 1 Trauma Center (busiest in New Jersey) with a comprehensive Stroke Program and affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Center. The health care system serves the diverse patient population of Camden and the surrounding communities in South Jersey. The Emergency Medicine Residency Program was founded in 1996 and has 13 residents per class. EM Faculty have expertise and leadership in EMS, toxicology, ultrasound, administration, and research. This environment lends itself to multiple educational opportunities and experiences.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

The medical school opened in 2012 and is the only allopathic medical school in Southern New Jersey. The curriculum was created to help develop the next generation of physicians. The first two years of the curriculum center on small group learning with a focus on creating a foundational knowledge base that can be built on. During this time, student become intimately involved in community projects in the city of Camden. The clinical years occur at Cooper University Hospital and its sites throughout South Jersey.  Emergency Medicine faculty are involved in course throughout the medial school curriculum including Scholar’s Workshop, Active Learning Group, Cooper Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, and the required 4th year Emergency Medicine Clerkship.

If you are looking for a program that will help you develop your medical education career while working in an inclusive learning environment, then we are the program for you!  Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Sundip Patel, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Education Fellowship Director
Assistant Dean, Phase II Curriculum