Internal Medicine Residency Program

The educational philosophy that drives our Internal Medicine program is based on the notion that there are three key components essential for successful maturation as a medicine resident: an economically and culturally diverse patient population; a supportive faculty who serve as role models providing superb care for their patients; and progressive opportunities to increase responsibility for management of patient care. The residency strikes what we believe to be the perfect balance between inpatient education and ambulatory training, the latter representing approximately 1/3 of the residency experience. In addition to general medicine and critical care, each resident in our program will rotate through every subspecialty of Internal Medicine. Ambulatory experiences in dermatology, ENT, gynecology, urogynecology, orthopedics, adolescent medicine, sports medicine, and medical rehabilitation round out the program. Each medical subspecialty strives to be a Center of Excellence. Learning how to teach is a crucial part of residency training. Medical students from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and St. George’s University Medical School rotate through our department annually for Introduction to Clinical Medicine, required third year clerkships and as seniors, for subinternships and electives. We also look forward to having students from our very own Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall.

Over the past 3 years, 87.5% of graduates have passed the ABIM certifying examination on their first attempt. And while approximately half of our graduates have pursued careers in primary care and half have pursued fellowship training, in recent years a higher percentage are choosing fellowship paths. All are enjoying fulfilling and rewarding careers. Many have stayed or returned to practice at Jersey Shore.

Program Overview

The Department of Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center offers a fully accredited three-year Residency Program in Internal Medicine with 48 Categorical and 10 Preliminary positions for a total of 58 medical house officers. Residents interact regularly with fellows in cardiology, nephrology and pulmonary, as well as residents from other departments: dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. The goal of our program is to help our residents achieve their full potential on the road to becoming clinically proficient, academically oriented physicians. Training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center has the breadth and flexibility to allow residents to practice primary care, continue on to subspecialty training, or pursue careers in management, academia, or clinical investigation. The Medicine residency program includes daily lectures, a journal club, morbidity and mortality conferences and nationally renowned guest speakers. Numerous faculty members are engaged in clinical research. All categorical medicine residents are required to become involved in scholarly activities and complete at least one project during their tenure at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Program Specifics

As a fully accredited ACGME program with commendation, our goal is to train residents to practice evidence based medicine with the utmost compassion and understanding and handle complex medical situations as competent physicians in whatever field of medicine they eventually pursue. Whether you are a preliminary or categorical resident, you will leave Jersey Shore University Medical Center with a solid foundation in internal medicine, which will prepare you to practice as a primary care internist, hospitalist, or as a subspecialist.

We have 10 Preliminary Interns in our first year and 16 categorical residents in each of three years for a total of 58 residents. We have been fortunate to have matched bright, hardworking, and dedicated young physicians who have worked cohesively toward providing excellent care and a wonderful collegial environment. Our residents work under the guidance and supervision of our dedicated faculty to provide state of the art medical care to our ethnically, culturally and economically diverse patient population. With approximately 20,000 medical admissions to our hospital last year alone, our residents have ample opportunity to see a broad spectrum of disease states and can chose which cases are the most interesting for them to manage. Our residents act as teachers and mentors to the many third and fourth year medical students who rotate through our hospital.

Residents rotate through and get exposure to all aspects of internal medicine. From ambulatory care to critical care and from general internal medicine to the myriad of subspecialist rotations, we have a broad curriculum that provides a rounded experience throughout the residency training. We offer the opportunity to do away elective rotations, so you can experience how medicine is practiced at other institutions in other parts of the country. Long before the ACGME introduced work hour restrictions, we recognized that a tired resident couldn’t learn or provide appropriate medical care. With a robust night float system, we are entirely a 24-hour call free program and few rotations require more than 65 hours per week, far less than the 80-hour per week restriction by the ACGME.

Clinical research opportunities continue to expand at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Every categorical resident is required to engage in a research project under the direction and guidance of a faculty mentor prior to completion of the program. Our administration continues to grow and support research at our institution, which has lead to numerous regional and national publications by our residents. Our robust journal club has helped teach excellent statistical analysis skills that our residents have used both to analyze the literature as well as compose it. We have a full time statistician available to the residents to help with their data analysis and final calculations.

What I am most proud of is how well our residents are doing after leaving Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Those who have chosen to practice right after completing training have repeatedly reported back to us how well prepared they were to practice independently. In addition, those who have pursued fellowship training have done exceedingly well. Our residents have matched in virtually every subspecialty, all over the country. 

Thankfully a good number of residents have chosen to stay locally so we can continue to work with them as colleagues.

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Please take the time to explore our website, review our program and visit again for new updates.

We hope you find all the information you want and invite you to call the department at 732-776-4483.


Christian Kaunzinger, M.D.
Program Director