The Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Perth Amboy) Program has very deep roots education having educated physicians for over 50 years at Raritan Bay Medical Center and I was thrilled when the program joined our growing list of academic programs within Hackensack Meridian Health.  Medical education, both on the undergraduate and graduate level, is one of our highest priorities, and we strive to meet all of these requirements through innovation. We are affiliated with Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, our newly opened medical school that welcomed its first class in July, 2018.  We also have affiliations with the Physician Assistant Program at Monmouth University, Seton Hall University and Rutgers University and take pride in emphasizing interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Hackensack Meridian Health has as one its core missions to be a High Reliability Organization (HRO), defined as a providing consistent excellence in quality and safety for every patient, every time. HRO is a journey, not a destination. As such, our residents are key to achieving success. All residents receive training in Performance Improvement and Quality Improvement; all will spend time on teams working on a QI/PI project, or developing one of their own.

Our faculty – a mix of employed full-time clinicians as well as volunteer medical and dental staff members – is recognized for their clinical skills and individualized attention to our learners. Side by side with our faculty and through hands-on clinical experiences, simulation exercises, didactic sessions, workshops and online modules, our residents become skilled in caring for patients with a broad spectrum of disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings.

While training at our programs we ask residents to provide evidenced-based care decisions. To support them in achieving this goal, Hackensack Meridian Health has several tools to assist in this effort.

We have an Institute for Evidenced-Based Care, which regularly updates care management guidelines and makes them available when residents’ log in to the computer system.

We also invest in UpToDate, the leading point of care database. UptoDate is free of charge to residents, and is available on all devices.

We have just begun the role out for EPIC to be our EMR throughout the Hackensack Meridian Health network, which will allow integration in patient care as well as opportunities for residents to sit and be a part of multidisciplinary work groups specializing in medical informatics.

Finally, in support of research, we have over 30 dedicated research staff and three full time biostatisticians available for residents’ research projects. Our residents are expected to engage in a mentored research project during their training and projects and posters are presented at our annual Research Day program every June.

Our programs meet or exceed state and national averages for Board pass rates, and have a remarkable track record for success in fellowship matches. We also have an increasing number of employment opportunities in primary care and specialty areas given the growth of our health system.

This is an exciting time to be starting residency training. I hope that you will consider joining us in our educational and patient care mission.



David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP
Vice President, Academic Affairs and DIO
Co-Chief Academic Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health
Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University

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