The Curriculum will follow the requirements of the American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine and emphasize the basic principles of Family Medicine, namely:

  • Continuity of care
  • Comprehensive and holistic care
  • Preventive health care
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Community orientation
  • Cost-effective service
  • Highest quality of care possible

The rotation schedule will be as follows:


  • Orientation and training in use of the electronic medical record: 1 week
  • Internal Medicine 12 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Obstetrics: 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics: 4 weeks
  • Elective: 4 weeks
  • General Surgery: 8 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
  • Otolaryngology: 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Medicine: 5 weeks
  • Internal Medicine Faculty Clinic: 2 weeks


  • Critical Care: 4 weeks
  • Internal Medicine: 8 weeks
  • Pediatrics: 8 weeks
  • Woman’s Health: 8 weeks
  • Geriatrics: 4 weeks
  • Ophthalmology: 4 weeks
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Electives: 8 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks


  • Internal Medicine: 8 weeks
  • Neurology/Neuroscience: 4 weeks
  • Behavioral Medicine: 2 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Community Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Pain Management:2 weeks
  • Urology : 4 weeks
  • Endocrinology 4 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics 4 weeks
  • Electives: 12 weeks


The following are the available elective rotation options.

All electives are available for either a two or four week rotation:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Nephrology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dermatology
  • Cardiology
  • Urology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Management
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Urology/urogynecology
  • Orthopedics

Continuity Clinic

The residents will be assigned to Continuity Clinic 1-1.5 days per week during the course of their training. The resident will conduct a minimum of 1650 patient visits during the three years of training, with a minimum of 150 during the OGME 1 year.

Procedural Competencies

During the course of training the resident will become skilled in performing the following procedures:

  • Joint injections
  • Biopsy of dermal lesions
  • Excision of subcutaneous lesions
  • Incision and drainage of abscess
  • Curettage of skin lesion
  • Laceration repairs
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Office microscopy
  • Splinting
  • ECG Interpretation
  • Office spirometry
  • Toenail removal
  • Defibrillation
  • Removal of cerumen from ear canal
  • Airway maintenance employing artificial airway
  • Management of epistaxis

Other Aspects of the Training Program

The Family Medicine residents will care for patients in collaboration with the relevant specialty residents. They will be supervised at all times by attending faculty and evaluated by senior residents and attending faculty on a regular basis.

  • All hospital rotations will be conducted at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.
  • Outpatient rotations will take place at the Cooperman Barnabas Outpatient Center or faculty offices.
  • Residents will be funded to attend one medical conference away from the Institution for up to 5 days during the course of the residency. They will also be reimbursed for travel to medical meetings when abstracts and scholarly activity are chosen for presentation.
  • All residents will be required to maintain BCLS and ACLS accreditation (paid for by the Medical Center)
  • All residents will be participate in the annual in-training exam
  • All residents are expected to complete a scholarly project as approved by the Program Director prior to completion of the program.

Conferences / Didactics

Family Medicine Residents assigned to rotations at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center will attend regularly scheduled conferences for residents in the appropriate department. Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery hold grand rounds each week. Resident teaching conferences are held at least three times per week in Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics. Conferences consist of faculty and resident didactic conferences, evidence-based medicine conferences and morbidity and mortality conferences.

In those departments without a residency program, residents are assigned specific reading assignments from standard textbooks or journals to discuss with attending physician. In addition they are required to work up specific cases for presentations.