Program Highlights

About Robert Wood John University Hospital Somerset

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is a 355-bed nationally accredited, hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services. Our mission is to deliver high-quality health care services with measurable outcomes to the community we serve. As the only hospital in Somerset County, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset touches every member of the community and provides a cutting-edge, patient-friendly facility that is considered one of the finest in New Jersey.

Somerset has a staff of 650 board-certified physicians representing all major medical/surgical specialties, including oncology, eating disorders, invasive cardiology, behavioral health, physical rehabilitation, sleep disorders, diabetes management, tobacco dependency treatment and more. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.

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Located only a few hundred yards from the medical center, our 16,000-square-foot office affords residents convenient accessibility to:

  • 18 examination rooms
  • two procedure rooms
  • a fully operational electronic medical record system
  • an onsite conference room
  • online medical library and resources
  • individualized resident office space equipped with personal computers, high speed Internet access, voice mail, and e-mail

Residents follow a panel of continuity patients throughout their three years. During office sessions, residents have the opportunity to perform many office-based procedures, including but not limited to IUD insertions, colposcopy, skin biopsies, endometrial biopsies, joint injections, and skin cryotherapy.

In 2018, there were more than 18,000 patient visits to the office and just under 1900 hospital admissions.

Conference Curriculum

We have a robust weekly conference curriculum, including an 18 month recurring lecture series on a variety of topics led by both faculty, community physicians and residents.

Recurring Lectures include:

  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Medicine and Family Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Resident Case Presentations
  • Medical Jeopardy!
  • Faculty-led board review
  • Resident-led AAFP article review
  • Practice Management
  • Acupuncture, and musculoskeletal workshops
  • Procedure workshops
  • First Year of Life
  • Preventive Medicine Lecture Series

Family Medicine Maternity

In the spirit of full-scope family medicine, our residents receive robust maternity training. Residents start with a panel of maternity patients in their intern year. There are two obstetricians who teach residents in the office and co-manage our higher-risk patients. We also have two faculty attendings who supervise and provide maternity care. In 2018, residents did one-third of the deliveries at RWJUH Somerset for a total of 280 resident deliveries.

In addition, our residents receive excellent gynecologic procedural training. Women’s health and gynecologic services are provided on site in the Family Medicine office under the supervision of the OB/GYN and Family Medicine faculty attendings.

Community Medicine

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Somerset residents play a role in local health education efforts. Our residents provide medical services at health screenings, volunteer time at the Special Olympics, and do presentations for a variety of community groups.

Residents also go on home visits to our homebound patients in the community, and provide care for geriatric patients in the nursing home.

In 2015, the faculty implemented the Community-Oriented Primary Care Curriculum (COPC), a longitudinal curriculum designed to help residents identify health problems within our community, and provide targeted outreach.

Specialty Rotations

Somerset encourages residents to explore individual interests by designating special elective time during their last year of residency.

  • Protected Intensive Elective (PIE): A PGY-3 rotation allowing residents to be completely away from the residency for one month. Residents have had a wide variety of experiences while on a PIE, including:
    • Rotations in Kenya, Ghana, Russia, Spain, Poland, Greece, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador, India, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Malawi, Belize, Nigeria and Vietnam.
    • Acupuncture certification
    • Sports Medicine
    • Obstetrics
    • Urgent care
    • Practice Management at an outpatient office
    • Dermatology procedures
    • Working at a Native American clinic
  • Local Intensive Elective (LIE): A PGY-3 rotation where residents can schedule an intensive rotation with reduced office and on-call responsibilities.