Jersey City Medical Center: Internal Medicine

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Jersey City Medical Center, the largest teaching hospital in Hudson County, is home to a medium-sized accredited Internal Medicine program. The department includes 44 residents, rotating neurology residents, medical and PA students from The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It is a vibrant center of medical learning in the country.

Curriculum

We offer 14 categorical positions and three (3) preliminary positions for the PGY-I year. We have 14 categorical positions in each of the PGY-II and PGY-III years.

PGY-I

First-year residents spend all their rotations in proximate patient care: seven months in general medicine floors, two months in night float, and two months in intensive care units. They acquire skills in comprehensive history taking, physical examination assessment, interpretation of pertinent lab data, initial patient care plan, and all orders. They are integrally involved in the day-to-day care of patients with senior residents and the attending physician, participating in work and teaching rounds.

PGY-II

The second year enhances clinical experience with special emphasis on diagnostic and therapeutic decision making and the team leadership role of the physician. An introduction to specialty and consultation medicine is given under the guidance of senior specialist faculty.

PGY-III

The third year is spent consolidating specialty and critical care experience. A broad range of outpatient experience is emphasized; skill to serve as a consultant is acquired. Preparation for the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Exam in the form of Intensive Board Review each day of the week is encouraged.

A night float system is in operation, whereby most residents do only a 12-hour call. No resident will work more than an average of 70 hours/week during his or her residency. A monthly board simulated in service test is mandated based on teaching noon conference lecture schedule. Clinical research is actively encouraged, and residents are expected to have at least one publication or abstract/poster presentation. A large modern ambulatory care center allows residents to follow a cohort of patients throughout their training under the supervision of seasoned general internists. Morning report, conducted with a detailed care presentation by a first-year resident, followed by critical commenting by the chief resident, Program Director, and Specialist Faculty constitutes a unique learning experience and forms the core of the program.