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Continuity Clinic

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Ambulatory medicine is an integral part of internal medicine training at Monmouth Medical Center. Outpatient practice skills are developed primarily at the Monmouth Family Health Center (MFHC), located at 270 Broadway Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey.

MFHC is a federally-qualified Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee service under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). The center is also licensed by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services.

At the MFHC, residents provide high quality, comprehensive, affordable, culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate primary and preventative health care services to the residents of Long Branch and surrounding communities.

Outpatient practice skills are developed under a mentoring system in which faculty review all resident interactions with patients. Performance is evaluated through written reports by attending physicians every six months. As competency develops residents assume increased independence and their assessments are relied on with respect to data gathering and physical findings. This clinical experience is supplemented by ambulatory core curriculum of didactic lectures.

Residents are required to attend out-patient continuity clinic one half day per week, every week, throughout the three-year training period. Their patient rosters grow through assignment of new clinic patients, scheduling of follow-ups of their in-patient and from transfers from graduating residents. A monthly report of the number of patients each resident see per session is issued and monitored to assure proper average patient encounters according to year of training. Continuity of care is assured through a computer assisted appointment system which identifies each patient with their treating resident for follow-up visits. MFHC utilizes the Greenway EMR for integration of all electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry.