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, RWJ 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.

RWJ 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. RWJ 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 2019, there were more than 13,000 patient visits to the office and just under 2000 hospital admissions.

Conference Curriculum

The Family medicine Residency at RWJ Somerset has 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 series
  • Preventive Medicine Lecture series
  • Physician Self-Care and Wellness sessions

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 three faculty attendings who supervise and provide maternity care. In 2019, residents did one-third of the deliveries at RWJ Somerset for a total of 290 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


RWJ 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.

Integrative Medicine

Residents have the option to participate in the University of Arizona’s ‘Integrative Medicine for Residents’ curriculum which is a 200 hour course covering the key concepts of integrative medicine.

Residency Wellness Committee

Our resident-led wellness committee meets regularly to plan activities for residents, faculty and staff. Activities held in the past include a Trivia Night, apple picking, Halloween parties, Ugly Christmas Sweater parties, welcome to RWJ Somerset pool parties and bowling.

Musculoskeletal Medicine

Our osteopathic attendings teach all residents a longitudinal musculoskeletal curriculum which includes easily applied OMT techniques for common musculoskeletal problems encountered in the office. In addition, our osteopathic faculty are able to supervise residents performing OMT on their office patients.

Specialty Rotations

RWJ Somerset encourages residents to explore individual interests through elective opportunities. These opportunities are typically resident-generated, and have included:

  • International experiences
  • Acupuncture certification
  • PROUD Family Health Center
  • Electives in
    • Sports Medicine
    • Obstetrics
    • Urgent care
    • Hospitalist Medicine
  • Practice Management at an outpatient office

PGY-3 residents have the opportunity to design an elective experience called the Protected Intensive Elective (PIE) where they can be completely away from the residency for one month, or a Local Intensive Elective (LIE), an intensive rotation with reduced office and on-call responsibilities.