Frequently Asked Questions

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a 646-bed regional medical center and university hospital affiliate of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School located in Neptune, New Jersey. Home to the top-rated cardiac surgery program in the State, and the only trauma center in Monmouth and Ocean counties, Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiac care and surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, and advanced women's and children's health.


How do I apply to the Residency Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center?

We choose our residents from the candidates who apply via the ERAS Program. ERAS is the Electronic Residency Application Service. It is commonly used by medical graduates or medical students in their final year of medical college to apply for specialized graduate training in residency programs in the U.S. More information can be found at their web site

Pharmacy residents are chosen from candidates who apply through PhORCAS by the January 15th deadline. For further information about PhORCAS, please visit this website. Additional information about the pharmacy residency can be found on our Pharmacy Residency FAQ.

Our applicants have all successfully passed Part 1 and Part 2 of the USMLE. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE™) is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) of the United States, Inc., and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®). Results of the USMLE are reported to medical licensing authorities in the United States and its territories for use in granting the initial license to practice medicine. The three steps of the USMLE assess a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Part 3 is required during the first year of the residency. For more information, please visit their web site,

We do accept passing Part 1 and Part 2 of COMLEX in lieu of the USMLE. The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination – USA (COMLEX – USA) is sponsored by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). For more information, please contact their web site at

Competitive applicants are invited for a mandatory interview that also provides an opportunity meet our faculty, our residents and to attend Morning Report. All applicants are considered regardless of age, gender, race, religion, place of origin, marital status, parental status, disability or any other factor.

Tell me more about Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is part of Hackensack Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals, including three academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

Jersey Shore serves an economically and culturally diverse population ideal for the clinical learning required in residency education. Medical students come to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for third year clerkships in Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry. They also come as second year medical students for Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and as seniors for sub-internships and electives.

Jersey Shore has state-of-the-art information systems including sophisticated physician workstations and an outstanding health sciences library. Web access and evidence-based medicine databases are available from anywhere on the campus. Patient records are maintained on-line in a longitudinal medical record, thereby facilitating access to information.

All patient orders are entered directly into the computer system (CPOE) by residents using a system that incorporates decision support software. Evidence-based medicine is incorporated into order sets that help to standardize care and foster learning. Personal order sets can be constructed to ease physician order entry. Remote access to all information technology systems facilitates follow up on patients from off-site locations such as home or ambulatory care office.

Each department has committed full time and part time academic faculty members dedicated to resident education and supervision.

Please give me information about Neptune, New Jersey.

New Jersey is "America the Beautiful...only smaller." New Jersey is one of the most visited places in America. Among the must see destinations are 127-miles of white sand beaches, lined with busy boardwalks and quaint shore towns. One of the best known boardwalks is nearby Atlantic City, which is famous for 24-hour casino gaming excitement and world-class headline entertainment. Nature lovers flock to New Jersey's breathtaking mountains, coastline and the unique Pine Barrens for hiking, biking, camping and fishing. Shoppers delight in the designer outlets, malls, upscale and trendy shops, antique dealers and flea markets. Fine and performing arts venues have made New Jersey a preeminent arts and cultural center, offering plays, concerts and museum exhibitions of the highest caliber. It is home to some of America's greatest inventors, writers and statesmen and women. You can tour villages of colonial and Victorian architecture. You can visit the famous battlefields of the American Revolution. You can see Thomas Edison's laboratories in Edison or stand at the edge of the Delaware River where Washington crossed for his march to Trenton. You can find a cornucopia of restaurants. The diversity of people living in New Jersey is reflected in its ethnic cuisine. There are excellent schools and world-class universities including Princeton and Rutgers.

The hospital is located in Monmouth County, named by Money magazine as one of the top 5 places to live in the United States. There are affordable housing and excellent school systems. There is a wide range of housing available. There are seashore communities, suburban neighborhoods, and even nearby rural farmhouses. The county offers a world of activities. There are 27 miles of pristine beaches, many historic sites, two of the nation's best racetracks, deep sea and fresh water fishing. There are orchards and vineyards, charming places to hunt for antiques, amusement parks, annual events such as the County Fair, food and jazz festivals, concerts and a wealth of cultural and ethnic affairs. For big city culture and resources, we are located just an hour from New York City and ninety minutes from Philadelphia.

For more information, please visit the web sites below.


How can I arrange to do a shadowing opportunity at Jersey Shore?

Office of Academic Affairs

For more information, please contact Marie Keenan at

For more information on the Residency Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, please contact:

Danette Meyer, Graduate Medical Education Coordinator

T. 732-776-3450 | F. 732-776-4836 |

Dental Program

Eileen Becker, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-869-5734 | F. 732-869-5875 |

General Surgery Program

Judith Willoughby, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-776-4328 | F. 732-776-3758 |

Internal Medicine Program

Deborah Grundtisch, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-776-4483 | F. 732-776-4798 |

Obstetrics & Gynecology Program

Vanessa Schroeder, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-776-3780 | F. 732-776-4525 |

Pediatrics Program

Denise Spina, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-776-4267 | F. 732-776-3161 |

Pharmacy Program

Michelle Kohute, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-776-4371 | F. 732-776.2542 |

Podiatric Surgical Program

Jeanne Carrington, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-776-3592 | F. 732-776-4836 |

Psychiatry Program

Kellie Murawski, Residency Coordinator

T. 732-776-3712 F. 732-776-4929 |