Internal Medicine Residency

Department of Medicine - A Perspective

Internal Medicine Program

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"No greater responsibility or obligation can fall on the lot of a human being than to become a physician. In the care of the suffering, he needs technical skill, scientific knowledge and human understanding. He who uses these with courage, with humility and with wisdom provides a unique service for his fellow man and will build an enduring edifice of character within himself. The physician should ask of his destiny no more than this; he should be content with ho less." E.A. Stead, Jr., M.D.

The Internal Medicine Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is committed to teaching graduate physicians enduring principles and skills necessary to practice Internal Medicine in a changing environment.

Medicine is humane science. An exciting specialty, Internal Medicine is undergoing enormous change. We at Saint Barnabas welcome this challenge. Internists and medical subspecialists care for patients with diverse problems. Confronted by an array of new illnesses, we devise new approaches, new therapies, and new paradigms. The future of medicine will be the humane clinical application -- to both diagnosis and therapy -- of new insights derived from advances in biotechnology. As internists, we are committed to the highest standards of patient care, self-education, and teaching. We aspire to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive, ethical, and compassionate in today's complex world and to prepare for and adapt to tomorrow's changes. We offer to share in the predicament of others. We seek wisdom when certainty is elusive. We attempt to preserve the best of our traditions in medicine and to develop new strengths in order to successfully meet the future.

The Department of Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is at the forefront of these developments. We are New Jersey's largest hospital -- a distinguished multispecialty institution -- with internationally recognized physician/scientists on our staff of nearly 1,500 physicians. We are a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School. The Internal Medicine residency is one of 7 residency programs and has 36 residents. We are part of New Jersey's largest health care system - RWJBarnabas Health.

Our 633-bed hospital is situated on a lovely 65 acre tract of land in Livingston, New Jersey. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the oldest voluntary hospital in New Jersey with over 125 years of dedicated service. Saint Barnabas Medical Center admits more patients, delivers more babies, provides care for more women, sees more burn patients, and does more surgery, than any other hospital in the state. In medicine we have state-of-the-art centers of excellence in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, renal and transplantation medicine, endocrinology and diabetology, oncology, cardiovascular diseases, neurology, memory disorders, and complementary and alternative (integrative) medicine. Saint Barnabas is proud of its esteemed Internal Medicine and medical subspecialty programs and of our outstanding faculty.

The Department of Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center blends the traditional strengths of community and academic medicine in an exciting and contemporary manner. The Medical Center utilizes state of the art technology and scientific knowledge to provide quality care in a very modern facility. We are poised to care for our patients in the coming years and to prepare our graduate physicians for the future practice of medicine in our society. The Medical Center enjoys an excellent location, outstanding facilities, expert staff, dedicated teachers, imaginative leadership, and a diverse patient population. It offers a congenial but challenging environment, a scholarly approach to medicine, academic milieu, and superb residents and attending staff.

Residents think this is a good place to train. Application inquiries continue to increase and number in the thousands annually. We have an excellent group of residents and an outstanding faculty who provide mentoring, support, and encouragement for our residents. All our residents conduct clinical research and have a distinguished record of presentations, publications, peer recognition, and awards. We continually add highly qualified new faculty to our full-time Department staff. In difficult times for medicine, our program has thrived. We consistently fill all our residency positions from the upper echelon of candidates. Our residents exceed national averages on the in-training and certifying examinations of the American Board of Internal Medicine each year and secure wonderful postgraduate opportunities, ranging from positions at Harvard Medical School to local practice opportunities. Ours is a recently changed, reinvigorated program with strong leadership and vision. Ours is a program that balances community-based education and traditional academic values. Ours is a Department and Medical Center with nationally recognized programs and leaders in specialty fields. Ours is a program which has long asserted the philosophy that our residency is an educational -- not a service -- experience. Ours is a program that is flexible in developing imaginative new programs -- including our unique medical humanities program, expanded ambulatory care opportunities, circumscribing inpatient coverage, offering more and different electives, developing rotations in " real-life" medicine, and increasingly emphasizing primary care medicine. We are a program of moderate size that fosters collegiality and intimacy between attending and resident staff. And we believe that medicine should be fun; our annual April Fools Day Grand Rounds (we have debated "the medicinal value of chicken soup vs. the pork sausage"), bowling night, basketball games, and movie rounds, for example, are important aspects of our program.

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