Program Director's Welcome

Program Director's Welcome

Dr. Mirela Feurdean

Mirela Feurdean, MD
Program Director

Congratulations on your decision to pursue residency training in Internal Medicine! There are several important questions to consider in choosing an internal medicine program:


1. Will this program train me to be an excellent and confident clinician? Will I learn how to make decisions and hone my clinical instincts and judgment?


2. Will I be able to take care of patients on my own in a supervised fashion (versus always having to follow an attending physician around)?


3. Is the program committed to helping me pursue my future career aspirations, whether they be fellowship or primary care-related?


4. Is there adequate diversity not only in the patients I care for, but also within the residency program itself?


5. Do the residents in the program have great camaraderie both inside and outside the hospital?


The answer to all of these questions is an emphatic YES at New Jersey Medical School. We pride ourselves on running one of the premier medicine training programs in the country. Our residents receive a first-rate educational experience that allows them to grow into mature and knowledgeable Internists. Residents are led by a robust and world-famous faculty that enjoy bedside teaching and close resident-faculty interaction. The faculty also provides "supervised autonomy" as we believe that residents learn best by 'doing' as opposed to merely 'watching'.

We have actively sought to recruit a diverse housestaff in helping to care for the extraordinarily diverse patient populations at University Hospital, the East Orange VA and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. At these training sites, the residents experience unmatched diversity with respect to patient illness and disease presentations.

The great strength of our program, though, is the residents themselves. They are an amazing group of individuals whom I am proud to work with on a daily basis. Lifelong friendships (and occasionally even marriages!) are created on an on-going basis, and this warm family feeling helps residents truly feel at home.

I strongly urge you to consider Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as a place to acquire superb training in a nurturing and comfortable environment. We will develop you into a confident, humanistic, and knowledgeable Internist prepared for clinical practice, fellowship, or academic medicine. We welcome the opportunity to meet you and show you our state-of-the-art facilities!



Dr. Feurdean earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa,” Iasi, Romania, in 1995. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the same institution before moving to the US in 2000. She furthered her education by completing an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center (New York Medical College), where she later served as Chief Resident and core faculty.

In 2008 she moved to Overlook Medical Center in New Jersey to serve as Director of Ambulatory Care and Medical Director of Vauxhall Community Health Center. In this role, she was actively involved in supervising and teaching medical residents. Dr. Feurdean joined New Jersey Medical School in 2013 as Associate Program Director for University Hospital. Her primary focus has been to expand and improve the program’s outpatient clinical and educational activities. In addition, she redesigned the milestone-based curriculum and evaluation system, developed an innovative Team Based Learning curriculum and Ambulatory Academic Half Day, and implemented the new Urban Health Track.

Dr. Feurdean was appointed Program Director in 2016. She is a distinguished educator and mentor, and has received several “Teacher of the Year" awards from medical residents at both Sound Shore and Overlook Medical Center. At NJMS, she has been nominated several times for Golden Apple Award, and received the Best Teaching Attending Award at University Hospital for four years in a row. Her research interests include medical education and improving quality of care.