Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is designed to teach residents how to practice in a Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH). The Family Medicine Center (FMC) functions as the centerpiece for the curriculum and has been recognized as an NCQA Level III PCMH. During the course of the three years, residents spend an increasing amount of time in the FMC on their Longitudinal Family Medicine Curriculum rotations learning practice management, evidence based medicine, performance improvement, advanced interviewing skills, and team leadership skills. Additionally, residents are taught how to conduct group medical visits for prenatal and Diabetic patients as part of our Centering program. The Longitudinal Family Medicine Curriculum also covers Dermatology, Medical Subspecialties, Surgical Subspecialties as well as experiences in Community Medicine, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine.


During the first year, residents choose an area of interest, develop a research question, and write a research proposal. In the second year, residents refine their proposals, complete their projects, and present them to the residency. Residents also have an opportunity to share their research with a Network of Family Medicine Residencies in New Jersey. Second and third year residents participate in an Academic Inquiry that combines a traditional Journal Club with an Evidence Based Medicine discussion of an interesting case presentation.


A lively aspect of residency education at JFK is our weekly lecture series. One afternoon per week, residents are excused from their rotations to attend lectures and workshops in the Family Medicine Center. Lectures cover common inpatient and outpatient problems and include behavioral science, research, practice management, evidence based medicine, and procedure workshops. Speakers are drawn from the Family Medicine faculty, the broad range of subspecialists on JFK’s Medical Staff, and visiting subspecialists. Included in the afternoon seminars is a unique series of behavioral science conferences including topics such as Motivational Interviewing, Physician Wellness, Working with LGBT patients, and Personality Disorders. Primary care research skills are also taught during the seminar series.

Daily morning report focuses on brief clinical/didactic presentations, continuity of patient care, and the transition of patient care.


One half-day per week in the Family Medicine Center

2 months Family Medicine Service
1 month Cardiology/CCU
1 month Gastroenterology
1½ months Pediatrics Inpatient
1½ months Obstetrics
1½ months Night Float
1 month Surgery
1 month Emergency Medicine
½ month Pediatric Emergency Medicine
1 month Introduction to Family Medicine in the Family Medicine Center which includes:

  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Cultural competence and oral health

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Two to four half-days per week in the Family Medicine Center

1 month Family Medicine Service
1 month Pediatric Emergency Medicine
2 months Geriatrics/Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine
1 month Emergency Medicine
1 month Intensive Care Medicine
1 month Musculoskeletal Medicine
1 month Night Float
1 month Elective
3 months Longitudinal Family Medicine Curriculum which includes:

  • Dermatology
  • Community Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Rheumatology
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Endocrinology
  • Complex Patient Clinic
  • Adolescent Clinic

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Three to five half-days per week in the Family Medicine Center

½ month Family Medicine Service
½ month Night Float
1 month Urgent Care
1 month Inpatient Hospitalist Medicine
1 month Musculoskeletal Medicine
2 month Electives
6 months Longitudinal Family Medicine Curriculum which includes:

  • Practice Management
  • Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine
  • Community Medicine
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Procedure Clinic
  • Urology
  • ENT
  • Ophthalmology
  • Evidence Based Medicine

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JFK Family Medicine Residents Graduation, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ.