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Program Highlights

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

Family Practice CenterLocated 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
  • online medical library and resources
  • individualized resident office space equipped with personal computers, high speed Internet access, voice mail, and e-mail

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 2016, there were more than 22,000 patient visits to the office and just under 1600 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
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Medicine and Family Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Resident Case Presentations
  • Medical Jeopardy!
  • Faculty-led board review
  • Resident-led AAFP article review
  • Practice Management
  • OMM, acupuncture, and musculoskeletal workshop
  • Procedure workshops
  • HIV Lecture series
  • First Year of Life
  • Preventive Medicine Lecture Series

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 2016, residents did one-third of the deliveries at RWJUH Somerset for a total of 300 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

Community MedicineSomerset 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, Nigeria and Vietnam.
    • 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.