About Our Program

The JFK Family Medicine Residency has maintained its tradition of excellence in teaching since 1976. It is designed to train new Family Physicians to provide patients a personal medical home that ensures access to comprehensive medical care through an ongoing relationship with their patients. This training emphasizes the Family Physician’s ability to provide patient care that integrates the cultural, biological, and psychological dimensions of a patient’s health, within the context of a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Upon completion of the program, residents will be able to competently and independently practice the full scope of Family Medicine, including uncomplicated obstetrics, in the ambulatory, hospital, post-acute and long-term care settings. The program seeks residents committed to their education and provides the atmosphere and opportunities where this commitment can be nurtured and grow.

The JFK Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and St. George’s University School of Medicine. The residency program is active in teaching core rotations in Family Medicine to students from our affiliated medical schools.

The Family Medicine Residency Program is the only primary care residency at JFK Medical Center, therefore there is no competition for patients or procedures. Family Medicine residents have the opportunity to interact with residents from the Neurology, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation residencies at the medical center. There are comprehensive ancillary services in the hospital to ensure that residents are not overburdened with “scut work”, providing adequate time for patient care and learning.

We are located in Edison, New Jersey, a diverse suburban community close to New York City, Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, and the Watchung mountains. A warm learning environment, along with our energetic faculty and innovative curriculum, make our program second to none.

Our Family Medicine Center

Located on the grounds of JFK Medical Center, the Family Medicine Center (FMC) functions as a Patient-centered Medical Home, offering comprehensive health care to our community’s diverse population. Services range from prenatal care to geriatric medicine, including minor surgery and many other procedures. We have about 31,000 visits per year including approximately 330 deliveries that serve as the foundation for a strong Women’s Health and Pediatric experience in our FMC. In addition to the faculty and residents, the FMC’s health care team consists of nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, dietician, social worker, care manager, CPC+ project manager and office personnel. Collectively, we all work together to create a vibrant and dynamic teaching practice for our residency.

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, team leadership skills, and stress management/personal wellness 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.

Research

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.

Conferences

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.