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Graduate Medical Education

FAQ

Family Medicine

What is there to do in Phillipsburg?
Phillipsburg is located on the Delaware river, right across from eastern PA. We have lots of great restaurants, shopping, theaters, and museums nearby. If you enjoy outdoor activities, we have miles of bike and running trails and are only a 30 min drive from the ski slopes of the Pocono Mountains. It is a great place to escape from crowded, impersonal developments of major sites but still find the joys of living in a close-knit community of families and friends, as you enjoy all the advantages of urban living as well as rural atmosphere - from a quaint downtown waterfront shopping district to a choice of nearby airports.

What is it like to raise a family in the NJ and Lehigh Valley area?
We are at the border of NJ and PA and our residents live in either state. Phillipsburg along with surrounding NJ and Lehigh valley areas have affordable housing and great schools. There are lots of family-friendly activities in the Lehigh Valley, including the Crayola Crayon Factory, the Lehigh Valley Zoo, and dozens of parks. This metropolitan area offers big city amenities without the big city annoyances. Our location is close to the Pocono Mountains, New York City and Philadelphia.

How are the residents evaluated?
Our program uses periodic resident-self assessment and end of rotation evaluations completed by the supervising physician, standardized patient encounters, direct observation and chart review in the hospital and Family Medicine Center, simulations, biannual 360-evaluation by their patients and peers and an annual national in training examination in order to provide a complete picture of our residents, their goals and their progress towards reaching those goals. These evaluations are reviewed with each resident during scheduled periodic evaluations with a faculty attending physician.

Is there a research requirement?
A foundation of evidence-based medicine is crucial for the effective practice of family medicine in the 21st century. In addition to didactic education on research, all residents complete a quality improvement project in their senior years and are required to complete a separate research project during their three years. Every month residents meet with the research faculty to help design and implement the research and quality project. All residents will receive training in REDCap. In the past, our residents have presented at the NJ Academy of Family Physician, Annual Robert Wood Johnson Network of Affiliated Family Medicine Residencies Research Symposium, Family Medicine Education Consortium and Society of Teachers of Family medicine among others.

Is your program dually accredited?
Yes! We are accredited by both the ACGME and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Osteopathic residents who match to our program will fulfill the requirements for both the ACGME and the AOA in three years and are eligible to sit for both board certification examinations. Osteopathic residents who graduate from our program are eligible to apply to ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. Osteopathic residents have dedicated time and ample opportunity to practice OMT on their personal patients in the Family Medicine Center.

Are you a Patient Centered Medical Home?
Yes! our residency program is Level 3 certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a great achievement made possible by the hard work and dedication of our residents, staff, and faculty.

What settings do your residents work in?
Our residents provide outstanding community-based care at Coventry Family Practice, a patient centered medical home. Most of our inpatient rotations occur at the warren Campus, where we are the only residents on site. We admit and take care of patients at two local nursing homes. In addition, we have a robust home visit program. This bridges the gap in medical care for our community patients who are home bound. We also take advantage of our network of hospitals for certain inpatient rotations.

Where are your graduates practicing? What are they doing?
Our graduates have chosen office practices, hospitalist practices, academic medicine, and fellowship programs in sports medicine and geriatrics. We will truly prepare you for anything in Family Medicine! While many graduates practice in the NJ and PA, we have graduates practicing all across the country.