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Family Medicine Residency Program

Virtua Health's Family Medicine Residency Program at Rowan-Virtua SOM applies the broad knowledge of medical school curriculum to both inpatient and outpatient clinical practice of medicine. Our physicians excel in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy education and treatment. We integrate true Osteopathic Philosophy and Practice while promoting a culture of cooperation and inclusion among our students, residents and faculty.

Notable Facts

  • The Family Medicine department has achieved Level 3 NCQA PCMH Recognition at four clinical sites.
  • The Family Medicine Residency program received Continued Accreditation by the ACGME in October 2018.
  • The Family Medicine Residency program recieved Continued Osteopathic Recognition by the ACGME in Spring 2021.

Why Rowan-Virtua SOM?

Our Family Medicine program prepares physicians for a successful family medicine career through our continuity clinic, education and community service. Rowan-Virtua SOM's multidisciplinary approach to family medicine education complies with the core competencies established by the AOA and ACOFP.

In addition to traditional resident training and required conference presentations, we offer several teaching opportunities and many of our residents choose to become teaching assistants in the OMM lab.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No! Our program has been training Family Medicine Residents for over 40 years! In2022, we transitioned to Rowan-Virtua SOM. Our primary hospital partners underwent name changes, themselves: Our Lady of Lourdes to Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes; and Kennedy Health System to Jefferson Health System. In Fall 2022, the Rowan-Virtua SOM/Jefferson Health/Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Sponsoring Institutions split into two - Family Medicine now falls under the Virtua Health umbrella. We maintain rotations at Virtua, Jefferson NJ and the VA. Our Program Leadership and Core Faculty are Rowan-Virtua SOM faculty and academicians. 

Rowan University and Virtua Health are excited to join together to join a new academic health system in the Southern New Jersey Region! This partnership includes the osteopathic medicine school, nursing schools, biomedical sciences school, new research institutes and an alignment of clinical practices. You can read more about it here.
Incoming residents in the Family Medicine program will be employed by Virtua Health. Benefits and compensation are competitive with other programs in the area and details are provided on our website.
Incoming residents will be assigned to one of two Rowan-Virtua SOM Family Medicine practices - either Stratford or Washington Township. Both practices offer care to a wide variety of patients in the community and are closely located to two Jefferson hospitals where you will complete some inpatient rotations.
Southern New Jersey is a great place to live. Our main campus is less than 30 minutes to Philadelphia, less than 1 hour to the shore, less than 2 hours to New York City and the Pocono Mountains and less than 3 hours to Washington DC. About half of our residents choose to live in the Haddon Township/Collingswood area - small walkable towns with excellent restaurants and shops along Haddon Ave. Many residents choose to live in Center City Philadelphia and reverse commute to New Jersey each day. If you are more interested in quiet neighborhoods with lots of space, Gloucester and Burlington County offer a more bucolic setting still within a short drive.
Yes! Our residency practice sites are part of the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine. First, second and third year residents will rotate through your office. We also have a two-week academic medicine rotation in PGY2 where residents are exposed to a variety of pre-clinical courses at Rowan-Virtua SOM. We have an elective in Procedural Skills teaching our students in their skills labs and residents are given the opportunity to serve as TA in OMM Lab.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents, and our community, is of utmost importance to us. We’ve come a long way since March of 2020 and continue to make decisions with your safety in mind. Telehealth is now a permanent part of our practice, providing care to patients who otherwise may be unable to get into the office. Most of our rotations look the same as they did pre-COVID, with a few exceptions of high volume practices still not welcoming learners. We converted didactics and Grand Rounds to WebEx in March 2020 and have returned to in-person sessions for both as of the 2023 Academic Year. We continue to plan remote learning for specific needs throughout the year.

Our Program Director joins didactics monthly to provide updates as guidance continues to change and hear questions and suggestions, COVID related or not.

Currently, masks are required in all clinical spaces, both inpatient and outpatient, for all individuals. Vaccination compliance is a requirement for employment by both Virtua Health and Rowan-Virtua SOM. We work with our residents to ensure that if they contract COVID19 and are required to isolate, we minimize the impact on their training. Residents are strongly encouraged to take sick time when they are feeling ill to minimize the transmission of COVID or any other illness.

Resident wellness is incredibly important to our program. We have made significant changes in the past few years to improve the wellness of our residents including:

  • Reduction in weekend responsibilities
  • Implementation of regular wellness hours during didactics, both structured (resident retreats) and unstructured (minimum 2 hours protected work time per month to work on whatever makes you well). 
  • Anonymous feedback forum where residents can submit concerns, requests, and suggestions to improve the program. 
  • Protected time on Friday mornings for assigned continuity activities, trainings, modules and research.
  • PGY1 - Four call shifts per rotation
  • PGY2 - FM Residents cover the PCU via three, two-week night float rotations (Sun-Th 5 p.m. - 7 a.m.). The rest of the time is covered by rotating call for nights and weekends.
  • PGY3 - Home call - FM Residents cover call from home for the Rowan-Virtua SOM Family Medicine + House Call practices.
  • Our ambulatory practices within Rowan-Virtua SOM will convert to EPIC in June of 2023, meaning that all new trainees will use Epic.
  • Virtua & Jefferson hospitals use Epic for their inpatient and outpatient rotations.
  • The VA uses their own EMR system which we provide training for prior to rotations.

Family Medicine at Rowan Medicine

Rowan Medicine is more than our name. It is who we are. Rowan Medicine is our community – our physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, therapists and staff members – uniting to bring the best and most convenient health care available to you and your family.

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