The Core Clerkship in Medicine is open only to RWJMS students. We share a common curriculum with the other RWJ clerkship sites including core clerkship lectures which are provided by our full and part-time clinical faculty. Nonetheless, there are unique characteristics of the Jersey Shore clinical experience. As a robust community hospital that also offers tertiary care services, we enjoy an impressive array of pathology and diversity of diagnoses. Our students are assigned to Firms where they round with one PGY II, 2 PGY I’s and a full-time faculty member who serves as a mentor for the team. There is emphasis on bedside teaching not only on morning rounds, but students enjoy dedicated student rounds in the afternoons with Dr. Bruce Fisher. There are also weekly Physical Diagnosis rounds with Dr. Oliver Felibrico that concentrate on abnormal physical findings.
Third-year and fourth-year electives are available for RWJ students, and, on a limited basis to osteopathic students and allopathic students from Ross University, St. George University, and Guadalajara University. These can be arranged by contacting Kerri Whitmore at 732-776-4060. Third-year electives are available in Infectious Diseases and Endocrinology, but only after a core clerkship in medicine has been completed.
A variety of fourth-year electives are available outlines on the RWJ elective Web site. Our sub-internship is an especially attractive rotation due to the diversity of the patient population. Students assume responsibility for the patients under the guidance of a PGY III and a faculty member rounding with the team.
The Pulmonary, Infectious Diseases, and Endocrine electives are primarily inpatient experiences and in each the students enjoy teaching not only by attendings but subspecialty fellows. If requested the Infectious Diseases elective can be tailored to include exposure to dedicated clinics in HIV medicine, STD’s, and TB.
Whatever the clinical experience selected, we pride ourselves on the strength of our house staff and faculty teaching skills. Our faculty is accessible, approachable, and intimately involved in patient care. Our house staff is personable and genuinely appreciative of the opportunity to teach.