Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Program Highlights

Medical and Dental Staff
There are more than 50 medical specialties represented among Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s 650-member medical and dental staff. More than 70 physicians are board-certified in family medicine, and 50 percent are graduates of Somerset’s residency program. Our medical staff has one of the highest percentages of board-certified physicians in New Jersey. Somerset residents work alongside committed attendings who value their participation in the care of patients and welcome opportunities to teach.

Family Practice Center
Located only a few hundred yards from the medical center, our 16,000-square-foot office affords residents convenient accessibility to: 

  • 18 examination rooms 
  • two procedure rooms 
  • a fully operational electronic medical record system 
  • an onsite conference room 
  • a library with a computer center 
  • individualized resident office space equipped with voice mail and personal computers with e-mail and high speed Internet access

Residents are members of one of three teams consisting of first-, second- and third-year residents, faculty and nurses. Each team provides continuous, comprehensive care to a specific and varied population of patients. In 2008, there were more than 22,000 patient visits to the office and just under 900 hospital admissions.

Conference Curriculum
Our Family Medicine Seminar includes a core medical lecture series, journal club and medical ethics. Topics follow a 32-month curricular cycle. An innovative HEALERS curriculum provides longitudinal experiences focusing on health promotion and wellness, ethno-sensitivity, alternative and complementary medicine, evidence-based and reflective practices and spirituality. Learning is further enhanced by a daily academic schedule developed especially for our Family Practice residents consisting of didactic lectures, radiology conferences, resident case presentations and a popular jeopardy challenge. Residents also are invited to participate in medical staff educational activities such as departmental Grand Rounds and monthly cancer conferences. A variety of professional issues are addressed during year-specific forums designed to meet the ongoing needs of each class. Other special programs such as ALSO training, a Resident Research Symposium, a roundtable on career opportunities and a workshop on contract negotiations are sponsored by the Network of Family Practice Residencies affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. An office-wide annual audit program teaches residents to effectively manage practice quality and improvement.

Competency-Based Curriculum
Resident learning is focused in five major areas:

  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care 
  • Practice-Based Learning & Improvement
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Professionalism

Our annual Team Audit program stresses wellness and disease prevention, teaches residents to effectively manage practice quality and improvement and implement recommended screening protocols.

Feedback and Evaluation
Residents meet regularly with their advisors to set rotation-specific and personal learning goals, and to assess the progress they have made toward achieving them. Each class has a faculty Year Manager who oversees their educational experiences and monitors their ongoing curricular needs. Faculty and Year Managers routinely solicit and rely on resident input to enhance Somerset’s educational program. Our educational system reflects the faculty's commitment to the concepts of the adult learner.

Community Medicine
Somerset residents play a role in both local health education and international health efforts. Locally they bring the Tar Wars anti-smoking campaign to classrooms, act as medical role models at career days and assess child development at a community well child clinic. Under the guidance of our Nurse Practitioner, residents learn to deliver in-home care to elderly homebound patients. Residents perform physical examinations on children taken into protective custody and work with an onsite domestic violence counselor to promote patient safety. Our residents also provide medical services at flu clinics and health screenings, and educate employees at corporate wellness programs.

International Opportunities
Somerset residents are encouraged to explore options for international missions and rotations. In 2010-2011, residents completed rotations in Africa, Mexico, Poland, Spain and Greece.

Work Environment
Teamwork and camaraderie have always been integral components of the culture at Somerset, along with our residents’ commitment to high standards of academic and clinical excellence. Somerset residents work hard, work together, and enjoy the gratification that comes from personal accomplishment and group success.

Central New Jersey is a premier location to practice family medicine, and Somerset County is a great place for a residency. Because family physicians in our community are integral players in the delivery of health care, Somerset is one of the most desirable locations to learn and practice family medicine. And when it’s time to relax and unwind, our nearby recreational and cultural attractions offer something for everyone.