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Overlook Medical Center: The Patient Experience
Overlook Family Medicine Residency conferences and meetings are held daily at lunchtime with an additional morning conference on Thursdays. Twice-monthly block conferences (full mornings through lunchtime) are also held, covering core family medicine clinical topics.
The conference line-up includes:
Other lunchtime activities include Balint Group; medical narrative sessions; wellness sessions (including twice-monthly Yoga classes; resident, faculty and office management meetings; and other learning and supportive activities.
Family medicine faculty and residents meet each weekday morning to discuss daily progress of inpatients, exchange information and develop consensus on the clinical care of each inpatient.
EBM training begins in the first year, with one-on-one education in search strategies on evidence-based websites; preparation for and presentation at the program's monthly EBM conference; and ongoing involvement in raising and answering clinical questions using EBM resources during precepting, patient turnover and the monthly conference.
Research is an important element of medical education. Each resident is required to develop a scholarly project or participate with other residents and faculty in ongoing projects during their training. Project development and progress is presented to colleagues at monthly Research Committee meetings and at annual conferences. Attendance at EBM-related conferences and other teaching programs acquaints residents with the EBM process and faculty mentorship is provided. Help with data collection, analysis and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications are available. Residents and faculty may present their work at the annual Atlantic Health System Research Day, a juried competition. Should your research be accepted for presentation at a regional or national conference, the residency program will fund your travel.
Global health activities are highly valued by the residency program. Through a global health experience (arranged either by the resident or chosen from a list of pre-established opportunities), the resident has an opportunity to learn about geographically distinct illnesses, the diagnosis and management of illness in culturally diverse settings, and the relationship of socioeconomic factors to health and health care delivery. The site and experience must be pre-approved by the program director; upon completion of the rotation the resident presents a review of their experience. All global health experiences are funded by the Benjamin H. Josephson, MD Fund, a foundation established to honor a founder of the residency, through the Department of Family Medicine.
Overlook Family Medicine Residency Program offers medical students at our partner medical schools opportunities to participate in a third year outpatient family medicine/primary care rotation. Our partner medical schools include Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada.
Residents also learn by working collaboratively with students from a variety of allied professional programs, including in psychology (College of St. Elizabeth), pharmacy (Farleigh Dickinson University), and nutrition (College of St. Elizabeth).
Students spend time in both the Chatham and Summit offices and at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights, and also accompany residents and faculty on home visits.