Ask the fellows

Do you have a specific question you’d like to ask one of our fellows? Email us at sjhgcardiofellowship@gmail.com


Thomas O. Kopinski, DO, Pgy: V, Class of 2010

Q: What factors played an important role in your choice of a fellowship program?
A: I wanted to find a program with a high volume of procedures as well as regularly schedule didactics; the program offers both! 


Troy L. Randle, DO, Pgy: VI, Class of 2009

Q: Have you been pleased with the quality of your experience so far?
A: I must say that overall I’m very pleased with the quality of education that I’ve received during my cardiology fellowship. Every program has its pro’s and cons, however, I must say that this program is very responsive to my constructive criticism and the quality of my didactic experience has been better during my second year compared to my first year. The program allows a great deal of autonomy for a tremendous clinical experience and provides the security of an attending backup for support. Also, we have had great guest lecturers including Dr. Michelena from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Kronzin from NYU and Dr. Bavaria from Penn just to name a few. As a second year fellow we had the opportunity to visit the Mayo clinic for a few days and I felt very comfortable in a “prestigious” institution.


Ram Wadehra, DO, Pgy: V Class of 2014

Q: How would you describe the quality of your didactic education experience in your fellowship? Do you feel that your academic needs are being met?
A: Didactic education within the fellowship is excellent. Dedicated weekly conference, monthly journal club and a carefully crafted lecture schedule establish the fundamentals of cardiovascular disease. Strong program leadership and involved faculty are advocates in continually enhancing our education. This support underpins the tremendous success our graduate have displayed on general and subspecialty board exams.


Ahsan Jafir, DO, Pgy: IV, Class of 2011

Q: I would need to relocate to New Jersey for this fellowship, how would you describe living in South Jersey, as well as cost of living expenses?
A: The experience of living in South Jersey in great! I live in Cherry Hill which is central to all of the hospitals. Shopping and restaurants are convenient and close-by. Philadelphia is only 15 minutes away. The cost of living is average, but is worth it given that the area has a very low crime rate.


Hafeza Shaikh, DO, Class of 2013

Q: Having just graduated from the fellowship, how well prepared are you for the “real world” of practicing cardiology?
A: One of the major advantages of this program is that we are always being trained for “real world” cardiology. Our multi-institution training teaches us how patient with acute and chronic cardiovascular disease get managed in both tertiary care centers and community hospitals. WE learn multi-disciplinary approaches to management, and are treated as the first responders to the emergency department, the internal medicine practitioners, and the patients themselves. The training is more than sufficient for “real world” cardiology and fortunately is full of patient that “didn’t read the text book.”