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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program accredited?

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Overlook Medical Center has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education since 1961.

Who is the institutional sponsor for the Internal Medicine Residency Program?

Overlook Medical Center is a not-for-profit community hospital and falls under the Institutional sponsor of Atlantic Health System; with an academic affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Medical College – Thomas Jefferson University.

Is there diversity in the patient population?

Yes, both the inpatient and outpatient experience benefits from patient diversity through a broad range of patient ages, incomes, and countries of origin.  We have nationally recognized expertise in areas of oncology, neurology and hepatology which attracts a wide variety of patients with these conditions.

Do you accept international medical graduates?

Yes. We welcome international medical graduates.

What types of visas do you support?

Overlook Medical Center supports H1 and J1 visas.

Is medical experience in the United States required?

Medical experience in the United States is not a requirement, but it is recommended.

What are the program requirements required prior to being granted an interview?

All files should be complete. Step II CS must be taken and passed prior
to an interview. 

Will I work with medical students?

Yes. Overlook Medical Center has strong affiliations with many medical schools including:

  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • St George's University School of Medicine. 

Medical students are assigned to work on our inpatient medical service, and residents have the opportunity to teach and mentor them.

Will I have a mentor?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor who is assigned to you and the opportunity to choose a faculty mentor based on your career or research interests.

Does your program uphold duty hour requirements?

Our program strictly complies with all ACGME duty hours requirements, including a work week limited to less than 80 hours and one day off in seven (averaged over four weeks).

What is the boards pass rate?

Our three year rolling boards pass rate is at the national average: 91%.

Is there a night float system?

Yes, there is a night float system in place. Night float residents provide cross-coverage and admit new patients for the daytime general medical floor teams between 8:30pm and 7:00am.  We also have night coverage for the ICU service - ICU night coverage runs from 7:30pm and 7:00am.

Are there admission caps?

PGY1 admissions are capped at five new admissions and two transfers within a 24-hour period. The program complies with all caps as written in the ACGME internal medicine program requirements.

How are residents evaluated?

Resident performance is closely monitored and evaluated in numerous ways.

  • Faculty members directly observe residents providing patient care and provide timely and constructive feedback based on these sessions.
  • Residents receive verbal and written feedback at the end of each clinical rotation.
  • All residents take the annual In-Training Examination administered by the American College of Physicians.
  • In-patient and out-patient charts are reviewed for quality using standard criteria.
  • The program faculty members meet with residents twice a year (or more as needed) to provide mentoring and feedback on performance.
  • The Department of Medicine’s Clinical Competence Committee monitors resident performance on a bi-annual basis.

Are there other residency programs at Overlook Medical Center?

Yes. Overlook Medical Center has a vibrant academic graduate medical education community. You will meet and work closely with residents from Overlook’s dental, diagnostic radiology, family medicine and pharmacy residencies. There is a very collegial atmosphere, and all residencies participate in the Atlantic Health System House Staff and Quality Council.

Does Overlook Medical Center have subspecialty fellowship programs?

We are excited to let you know that we are starting our very own Hematology Oncology fellowship in 2021.

Many of our recent graduates secured fellowship positions at our sister hospital Morristown Medical Center in the following subspecialties:

  • Cardiology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine

A lack of fellowships does not affect our ability to match at successful programs. In fact, our having fewer fellows leads to our residents working one-on-one with subspecialty attendings during elective rotation and procedures are directly supervised by subspecialty attendings.

What types of research opportunities and resources are available?

The Atlantic Health System has an active institutional review board and residents work with faculty members on both investigator and sponsor-initiated research. Atlantic Health also has robust online resources for didactic topics on the principle of research design, statistics, IRB approval process, etc. Residents are expected to complete a case report by the end of the intern year.

How does your ancillary support services compare to other hospitals?

Overlook has 24/7 ancillary support services. There is no reliance on residents to perform non-physician duties.

Will I be exposed to telemedicine?

Yes. You will have the opportunity to see patients in virtual visits during the ambulatory block. About 30% of our ambulatory visits utilize our virtual platform embedded in EPIC allowing for a safe and HIPAA compliant alternative to provide medical care. You also will be involved in the use of the telestroke robot >

What are the major changes for the upcoming academic year?

We plan to transition our program to block X+Y schedule to improve continuity of care in the outpatient setting. 

Is there hospital housing?

We offer a variety of subsidized units, with both 1 and 2 bedrooms, within walking distance of the hospital.

What are the salary and benefits packages?