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About Robert Wood John University Hospital Somerset

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is a 355-bed nationally accredited, hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services. Our mission is to deliver high-quality health care services with measurable outcomes to the community we serve. As the only hospital in Somerset County, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset touches every member of the community and provides a cutting-edge, patient-friendly facility that is considered one of the finest in New Jersey.

Somerset has a staff of 650 board-certified physicians representing all major medical/surgical specialties, including oncology, eating disorders, invasive cardiology, behavioral health, physical rehabilitation, sleep disorders, diabetes management, tobacco dependency treatment and more. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.

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 follow a panel of continuity patients throughout their three years. During office sessions, residents have the opportunity to perform many office-based procedures, including but not limited to IUD insertions, colposcopy, skin biopsies, endometrial biopsies, joint injections, and skin cryotherapy.
In 2014, there were more than 20,000 patient visits to the office and just under 900 hospital admissions.

Conference Curriculum

We have a robust conference curriculum of daily morning and noon conferences. There are recurring lecture series on a variety of topics, some of which, are faculty led, and some of which are led by residents.
Recurring Lectures include:

  • Nourishing Your Soul: Lecture series focusing on health promotion and resident wellness
  • Integrative Medicine: Evidence-based alternative and complementary medicine
  • Journal Club: monthly by residents
  • Grand Rounds: weekly on Thursdays
  • Resident Case Presentations
  • Medical Jeopardy!
  • Faculty-led board review
  • Resident-led AAFP article review

Global Medicine

Somerset residents are encouraged to explore options for international missions and rotations. Two of our faculty members take residents on rotations annually to Belize and Malawi.
Dr. Elisabeth Spector has been taking residents to Belize since 2002, where they provide patient care at a clinic as well as on a mobile unit that goes to more remote locations in the Mayan mountains.  In addition, she and the residents work with her hosts to develop and carry out a public health outreach project each visit, some of which have culminated in research projects and presentations on the state and national level.  Attention is paid to ensure that the residents gain a rewarding cross-cultural experience.  In the past, Dr. Spector has also taken residents to St. Lucia to work at the St. Jude hospital there.

Dr. Donna Kaminski has been participating in medical missions since 1998, and has been a part of medical teams providing care in Mexico, Guatemala, the Amazon region of Ecuador, South India, Belize, Rwanda, and Malawi. She continues to be involved in on-going medical care in Malawi, and continues to partner with Ministry of Hope, a Malawian-based non-governmental organization that provides monthly medical care to six villages that have little access to care. Dr. Kaminski is on the Board of Directors of Ministry of Hope, and returns yearly to Malawi where she is the Program Co-Director. Dr. Kaminski warmly invites residents to join her on medical missions in Malawi, and in 2016, will also take residents with her to Vietnam, where together, they will provide care to several orphanages outside of Ho Chi Minh.

Family Medicine Maternity

In the spirit of full-scope family medicine, our residents receive robust maternity training. Residents start with a panel of maternity patients in their intern year. There are two obstetricians who teach residents in the office and co-manage our higher-risk patients. We also have four faculty attendings who supervise and provide maternity care. In 2014, residents did one-third of the deliveries at RWJUH Somerset for a total of 280 resident deliveries.

In addition, our residents receive excellent gynecologic procedural training. Women’s health and gynecologic services are provided on site in the Family Medicine office under the supervision of the OB/GYN and Family Medicine faculty attendings.

Community Medicine

Somerset residents play a role in both local health education and international health efforts. Our residents provide medical services at flu clinics and health screenings, and educate employees at corporate wellness programs. They volunteer time at the Special Olympics, and also to Fun & Fit, a wellness program for children in the community.

Residents also go on home visits to our homebound patients in the community, and provide care for geriatric patients in the nursing home.

In 2015, we also implemented the Community-Oriented Primary Care Curriculum (COPC), a longitudinal curriculum designed to help our residents identify health problems within our community, and then to provide targeted outreach.

Specialty Rotations

Somerset encourages residents to explore individual interests by designating ample elective time during their last year of residency.

  • Protected Intensive Elective (PIE): A PGY-3 rotation allowing residents to be completely away from the residency for one month. Residents have had a wide variety of experiences while on a PIE, including:
    • Rotations in Kenya, Ghana, Russia, Spain, Poland, Greece, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador, India, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Malawi, Belize, and Nigeria.
    • Acupuncture certification
    • Sports Medicine
    • Working at a Native American clinic
    • Urgent care
    • Practice Management at an outpatient office
    • Dermatology procedures
  • Local Intensive Elective (LIE): A PGY-3 rotation where residents can schedule an intensive rotation with reduced office and on-call responsibilities.