Message From the Chief Residents

Welcome to Cooper’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program!

emLocated in Camden, NJ, just 10 minutes across the river from Philadelphia, PA, we strongly believe that we have the best of both worlds. Many of us live in Philadelphia with access to an abundance of restaurants, bars, museums, and other interesting things to do on days off. Across the bridge, our patient population is quite diverse, drawing from both the inner city of Camden as well as greater southern New Jersey. Cooper is a leader across multiple specialties in south Jersey, as exemplified by MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Cooper Heart Institute, Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, Cooper Neurological Institute, Center for Critical Care Services, Center for Urgent and Emergent Services, and the Center for Trauma Services, which includes South Jersey’s only Level I Trauma Center and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. In Cooper’s pediatric emergency department, we care for infants and children under the guidance of fellowship-trained pediatric emergency physicians.

Our program prides itself on its dedication to teaching. That dedication starts with the layout of our department: all ED residents and attendings sit together on shift in an area we call “the bubble.” Above the workspace we have a large TV screen where we frequently share imaging and cases and discuss as a group on shift. Learning also takes place across the street in the newly renovated state-of-the-art simulation center at our adjoined medical school, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU).

We are taught by nationally recognized faculty who are committed to both bedside instruction and didactic teaching. Our faculty boast expertise in critical care, EMS and disaster medicine, administration and law, ultrasound, toxicology, and research. We have incredible emergency medicine leadership within the department and up to the highest level of hospital administration. Our Department Chair, Dr. Michael E. Chansky, whom we affectionately call “boss,” works frequently in the emergency department despite his numerous administrative responsibilities, including but not limited to his role on Cooper’s Board of Trustees. Cooper’s co-president, Anthony “Mazz” Mazzarelli, is also an emergency physician and works clinically alongside us as well in the department.

One thing our residents value most about our program is the overwhelming sense of community. From the residents to the attendings to the nurses and techs, everyone in our department is strictly on a first name basis. At shift change three times each day the oncoming team meets in the resident lounge first then walks into the department together, united as a team.

While we work hard in the emergency department, we also very much enjoy our free time. We frequently socialize outside of the hospital with each other as well as with our attending physicians. Some of our favorite activities include going to Philadelphia sporting events (go Eagles!), our annual residency retreat at the Jersey shore, nights out in Philadelphia, Lubkin’s annual flag game, Byrne’s annual game night, backyard barbecues, and much more. With Camden’s close proximity to New York City, Washington DC, the Jersey Shore and the Pocono Mountains, there are endless ways to spend time off. Our residents often enjoy exploring local outdoor activities, art museums, great restaurants, and music venues.

We pride ourselves on the tight-knit community we have formed within our residency. Cooper’s Emergency Medicine Residency is a truly outstanding program and one of the best places you could spend the next three years.

We understand this is an important time in your career and more stressful than ever given the restraints of the ongoing pandemic.  We encourage you to reach out and are happy to share more reasons why we chose to train at Cooper University Hospital. Feel free to email any of us with questions. We also will be hosting Zoom meet and greets throughout the summer and fall (please see the website for further details) and we frequently add new content to our Instagram, which we encourage you to follow @CooperEM_Residency. We look forward to meeting you virtually along the interview trail. Best of luck!

Kristen Adorno, MD

Amanda Curry, MD

Lynn Manganiello, DO