School of Health and Medical Sciences
Curriculum

The Department of Medicine offers a three year program in which all osteopathic residents have continuing and progressive responsibility for the care of the patients.  This program is designed to train young physicians to be excellent osteopathic internists.   Graduates of our program become primary care physicians, enter subspecialty training positions, or become hospitalists.  Graduates of the program are required to take both osteopathic and allopathic certification exams. 

Research requirements. All residents must attend a one-semester research methods class during their first year, attend journal club twice a month and present twice a year, complete a prospective research study, write a manuscript in a publishable format, and present at both the Seton Hall University and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine annual research forums.

Post Graduate Year One – (OGME – 1R)  

First year osteopathic interns spend 7 months in internal medicine including one month in cardiology and one month in the intensive care unit.  The resident will complete one month of Ambulatory Internal Medicine.  The remainder of the first year will include essential rotating experiences in general surgery, emergency medicine and obstetrics/gynecology.  During the year the osteopathic trainee will spend one half day per week in the continuity internal medicine clinic.  The resident will be assigned to a primary care clinician/educator who serves as a mentor over the three year program and is devoted to hands on teaching in this ambulatory setting.  Each osteopathic intern has a variety of ambulatory and in-house duties, including taking patient histories and performing physical examinations.  Interns are integrally involved in the daily management of their patients and perform procedures such as central venous pressure catheter insertions, lumbar punctures, thoracocentesis under supervision of their senior residents or attending physicians.  In addition, the interns make rounds with senior residents and participate in daily formal teaching rounds with a faculty member.

Osteopathic interns will participate in bi-weekly osteopathic Journal Club where they will present critical reviews of topics and periodicals.  The intern will also participate in a weekly board review course with the program director.

Post Graduate Year Two – (OGME – 2R)_ 

Second year osteopathic residents spend five months in general internal medicine, one month in critical care medicine, one month in neurology, two months in subspecialties, and one month in ambulatory medicine.  During the second year residents will spend one half day per week in the continuity clinic.  Second year residents are now team leaders on the out-patient and in-patient services. The residents learn the art of consultation in sub-specialty fields and clinics.  Residents will care for patients in a number of settings, including managed care, that are very similar to those in which most future practitioners will work.

Post Graduate Year Three – (OGME -3R) 

Third year osteopathic residents spend three months in general internal medicine, five months in subspecialties, one month of CCU, one month in ambulatory specialties, and one month of an elective service.  Third year residents will spend one half-day per week in the continuity clinic.  The third year of residency places the greatest emphasis on developing cognitive skills and judgmental ability.  For the three months that residents serve in general internal medicine, they serve as leaders of teams which include junior residents and medical students.  While learning to provide truly comprehensive care for their patients, trainees will feel increasingly confident and comfortable in their clinical skills.  Third year residents will be given an opportunity to train in flexible sigmoidscopies for preventative screening, punch skin biopsies, articular injections, pre-operative consultation and to acquire proficiency in office gynecology, treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, smoking cessation, counseling techniques and stress management.  Third year residents experience diverse practice settings in a private physician's office, hospital based continuity clinics, family care centers, and at a center for indigent and homeless people.

Program Director:
Stephen Abo, D.O.

(973) 877-5537
JMalinowski@smmcnj.org

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