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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions about the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Morristown Medical Center:

How often are interns on call?
The term “on call” used to imply “overnight call.”  Our interns never have overnight call. Interns on rotations that admit new patients do so in shifts. This is true for all inpatient teams, as well as night float and critical care teams.  

How big is your program?
We have 13 categorical residents per postgraduate year, eight preliminary residents and two PGY-4 chief residents per year. Other residency programs that rotate through our services are emergency medicine, podiatry and dentistry.

How much unit time do residents do?
Our unit experience is highly rated by our residents; many wish they could spend more time there. The Residency Review Committee (RRC) limits the amount of unit time categorical internal medicine residents have in the three-year training program to 26 weeks, and we comply with that limit. Learn about our preliminary interns >

What is your resident continuity clinic like?
Our new office suite, IMFA, is a regular private practice with appointments with residents and faculty. Residents have their continuity sessions one-half day per week during most rotations. We have a fully-integrated EMR, firm systems, and all the other necessities of a successful outpatient practice.

You are a community hospital – what is your patient population like?
As a small city in the New York metropolitan region, our patients come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and from around the world, often bringing the diseases found in their home countries to our hospital. As a tertiary referral and Level I Regional Trauma Center, our region includes 1,200 square miles. Patients come with the diseases of excess (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) and access – or lack of it. Look for our “cool cases” list on your interview day.

How do you comply with the duty hours requirements?
Duty hours are serious business in our program. We use an online duty hours logger system and our chief residents and faculty pay close attention to ensure strict compliance.

Is it easy to talk with the program director?
The doors are always open for our residents to speak with Program Director Donna Astiz, MD, and Associate Program Directors Jacqueline Darcey, MD, and David Kuo, MD, FACP, as well as all of our other faculty members. Our residents never need an appointment.

How do residents' voices get heard?
Residents can express their opinions in a variety of forums. In addition to contacting our program directors or faculty individually, residents can voice concerns to their representatives on the Resident/Faculty Education Committee. Each postgraduate year elects three members to participate for the year, and the group meets at least monthly. Many of the program changes that occur are based on resident feedback and subsequent assessment and planning of the Education Committee. Other opinion forums include Atlantic Health System Residents Council; the quarterly internal medicine resident group meetings, led by our chief residents; and participation in the various committees within the hospital. The Atlantic Health System Graduate Medical Education Office is also available to hear residents' concerns and needs, and offers a confidential hotline.

Is there a research requirement?
Yes. We understand that not everyone wants to do clinical research, so we have tried to optimize our research and scholarly activity requirements to achieve multiple goals.

Does Morristown Medical Center have ancillary services?
We have an enormous support staff at our hospital:

  • 24-hour phlebotomy
  • Nurses put in IV lines
  • Transport service for patients, medications and labs
  • 24-hour radiology services
  • Digital radiology available from all hospital computers
  • Social work services assigned to each floor
  • Discharge planning
  • Wound care nurses
  • 24-hour pharmaceutical support
  • Outstanding nursing staff
  • Nutritional and dietary services
  • 24/7 translator services
  • VPN system for patient data access on all platforms (iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android)
  • Secure, HIPPA-compliant messaging
  • 24/7 medical library

What medical school affiliations do you have?
Atlantic Health System is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We also hold affiliations with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and St. George University School of Medicine.