Ocean Medical Center Holds Inaugural Residency Graduation Ceremony

June 21, 2021

Family Medicine and Psychiatry residents of the inaugural class of 2018 begin their practice in medicine.  

These doctors, who became the first to enter the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program at Ocean Medical Center, have completed a three-year residency program. 

“With the launch of our residency programs in 2018, Ocean Medical Center officially became a premier community teaching hospital, delivering on our promise to transform medical education and train the physicians of the future,” said Jason Kreitner, MHA, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive.  “Today is a significant milestone as we further our mission to provide the clinical foundation for doctors to skillfully and safely treat patients now and in the future.” 

The 2018 inaugural class included eight family medicine and six psychiatry residents. Nine residents – eight family medicine and one psychiatry resident – received diplomas this evening. The other five psychiatry residents from this class have opted to obtain optional psychiatry tracks that require additional training and will graduate in the coming years.    

“This first class of residents have experienced both rewarding and challenging three years of on-the-job training,” said Vincent J. Vivona, D.O. J.D., FACP, FCLM, CHCQM, chief medical officer. “Residency is the busiest and most intense time in their career; however, the past 18 months of training during the  COVID-19 pandemic was testament to their dedication and strength with a purpose to sharpen their clinical skills in medical procedures, patient care, and quality control.”  

Ocean Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program currently includes 60 residency positions in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry.  

“I am so proud to share this special day with these graduates and their families as they start the next phase of their medical career,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health.” “Ocean Medical Center has attracted the best and brightest physicians from across New Jersey and the country to train right here and enhance our goal to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to our communities.” 

Ocean Medical Center is a community teaching hospital that has been involved with medical education for several years. It is affiliated with Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine from which medical students complete their third-year core curriculum through a variety of clinical clerkships.

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