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Unique Opportunities at Hackensack

These are some of the things you will experience in our constantly evolving program.

Airway Management

Here at Hackensack, our critical care team has taken the lead on all emergent intubations in the hospital. We have developed our own airway bag with all the essential tools needed for urgent and difficult intubations. Our fellows have the opportunity to become extremely adept at the management of routine and difficult airways under the supervision of our faculty. Faculty and fellows go through airway courses directed by our faculty and other specialists, including sessions on emergent cricothyroidotomies.


Dr. Ronak Shah is the director of VV ECMO at Hackensack University Medical Center and leads our team in the management of our ECMO patients in the MICU. The majority of our faculty has gone to training in Sweden on ECMO and Hackensack is now a referral center for patients with ARDS who may require ECMO in New Jersey. Patients on VV ECMO are managed by our faculty and our fellows get experience on the process of deciding who should be put on ECMO, the cannulation process, the management of VV ECMO and how to determine when a patient is ready for decannulation.

Ultrasound and Echocardiography

Fellows participate in our monthly US conference and become adept at routine and more advanced US and echo. Our division recently obtained our own TEE probe and instruction and education will be provided by our faculty.

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