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Family Medicine Residency FAQ's

We are always open to questions that applicants may have, we hope that the following FAQ is helpful. If your question isn't answered below, please feel free to email us:

No! Our program has been training Family Medicine Residents for over 40 years! In Fall 2022, the Rowan-Virtua SOM/Jefferson Health/Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Sponsoring Institutions dissolved and Family Medicine now resides under the Virtua Health Sponsoring Institution.  Our Program Leadership and Core Faculty are Rowan-Virtua SOM faculty and academicians. 

Rowan University and Virtua Health are excited to join together to create an academic health system in the Southern New Jersey Region! This partnership includes the osteopathic medical school, nursing and health professions, biomedical sciences, 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.

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 the residents choose to live in the Haddon Township/Collingswood area - small walkable towns with excellent restaurants and shops. 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. Check out this page with more regional info.

Yes! The residency practice sites are part of the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine. First, second and third year medical students 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 Medical Simulation teaching SOM students in their skills labs and residents are given the opportunity to serve as TA in OMM Lab.

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.
  • Residents use EPIC across all mandatory rotations within the Virtua system, including continuity clinics at Rowan-Virtua SOM locations.

What are the strengths of the program?

Our people are our greatest asset. The faculty, staff and residents in our program work together to create an environment that is conducive to learning and providing high-quality patient-centered care each day. Many of our faculty are graduates of our program (including our Program Director).  

Our training sites offer diversity in training that is hard to find at other programs. Southern New Jersey contains many different patient populations in a relatively small geographic distribution. Virtua-Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (VOLOL), serves the city of Camden NJ, which is consistently ranked as one of the poorest cities in the country, and VOLOL provides care to underserved populations each and every day. The ambulatory training sites provide care for patients with and without insurance, of all backgrounds and health statuses.

The reputation we hold in the community is as a program that trains the best quality Family Physicians, ready to enter practice or fellowship. We have successfully placed each resident into their desired post-residency plan- including private practice, academic practice, hospital-owned practice, urgent care and fellowship in many different fields. Feel free to check out the Placements page for more information on this.

This program continuously strives to make things better for our patients and trainees. We take feedback seriously and welcome residents to bring items to our attention that could be improved. Our priority is to make sure the residents are getting the training they need and that our patients are getting the care they deserve.