After graduating from CBA in 2003, Morelli headed to Villanova University where his interest in medicine began to grow.
In facing the challenge of the daunting academic workload a medical education brings, Morelli found confidence in what he had learned at the Academy. “I felt I was very prepared for college and medical school because of the discipline and planning that CBA forced you to learn and apply to academics and studying,” he says.
Morelli graduated from Villanova in 2007 with a degree in biology. He went on to medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2011, and then to a 36-month residency in internal medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, with three months of subspecialty training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
After completing his formal training in 2014, Morelli came back to New Jersey to build his medical career. “My job now is basically three separate jobs in one,” says Morelli. Affiliated with the Barnabas Health Medical Group, he is part of a group practice in Middletown where he sees patients as their primary care physician; he is on staff at Monmouth Medical Center as an internal medicine hospitalist, and he is attending physician at a local nursing home.
His work at Monmouth also involves mentoring the hospital’s resident physicians. “Every Friday, I do morning report with them. We do cases, and discuss treatment plans,” says Morelli. In February, Morelli will be transitioning to full-time hospital medicine at Monmouth Medical Center, “I think that working in all different aspects of my specialty allowed me to realize what I’d like to focus on full-time.”
Thinking about how he would advise current students who may be interested in medicine, Morelli encourages an open approach to learning, which served him well during his own academic experience. “I would definitely advise future graduates to start out as broad as possible and to gain as much experience as they can,” says Morelli. “This way you can get a feel for your likes and dislikes and see what you want to hone in on and pursue further.”
Goals for the Future
“I see myself transitioning to a more administrative role in the healthcare system,” says Morelli. “I’ve learned that there are a lot of areas that need drastic improvement — both in patient care and in quality of work for the physicians.”
“I’ve considered going back to school and getting my MBA,” he adds, “because even after 10 years of formal medical education, the system does not focus on the business and financial aspects of our profession at all. You’re not learning how to manage an office, and that’s part of your day-to-day work.”
In being one of the youngest alumni doctors, Morelli knows the challenges that come with quickly rising high in his industry. “Some people are trained to be leaders,” says Morelli. “At a very young age, CBA prepared me. Surrounding yourself with all these positive and driven people creates an atmosphere of very positive peer pressure that promotes learning and achieving. I kept that nucleus of friends around me, and they’ve all become very successful in whatever they chose to do.”
What He Misses Most about the Academy