Ocean Medical Center

Graduate Medical Education

THE PEOPLE:

Ocean Medical Center serving southern Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is a not-for-profit full-service medical center dedicated to providing families with quality patient-centered care. A 344 bed hospital, the medical center has provided acute care for the local community for decades, and has recently won accolades for several premier services, including cancer care, surgical services, cardiology, orthopedics, women’s services, stroke, radiology & diagnostic imaging, and more.

THE IDEA

Ocean Medical Center has been paying careful attention to the trends of the physician shortage, both in New Jersey and nationwide and has explored new ways of attracting future physicians. In responses to this crisis, Hackensack Meridian Health established Ocean Medical Center as the regional hub for resident training. The new Graduate Medical Education (GME), commonly referred to as residency and the final step in the education of physicians, will begin in July of 2018 at Ocean Medical Center.

Jay, Jeremy and Heather met with Ocean Medical Center and believe that supporting the residency program and helping to attract the next generation of health care providers to our community is important for not only enhancing care, but growing the local economy. The Foundation has committed $1 million to the GME program.

THE IMPACT

The GME program will provide comprehensive, first-rate training, combined with a very attractive region in which to establish a future and provide fertile ground for retention of these bright, competent future physicians. Throughout the program, residents are exposed to emergency medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, surgical services, orthopedics, sports medicine, gynecology, maternal care, dermatology, behavioral health, and diagnostic/nuclear imaging. Each resident will have a panel of patients, where the resident will serve as the primary care physician.

THE UPDATE

Now accredited to offer residencies in family medicine and psychiatry, Ocean Medical Center has received significant interest from medical students across the country. The GME team received approximately 2,800 applications and is currently preparing for the inaugural class that will start in July of 2018. Eight residents have been selected for the family medicine program, which is a three-year training program.  Six residents have been selected for the psychiatry program, which is a four-year training program.

As the program expands to full scale, it will be able to accommodate more than 60 residents at a time. Ocean Medical Center expects approval for an additional residency program in internal medicine in the spring of 2018.

UPDATE JUNE 25, 2018: Eighteen medical doctors from New Jersey and across the country received long white coats at Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center’s Inaugural 2018 Resident White Coat Ceremony, formally marking the start of their new role as clinicians.

UPDATE January 30, 2019: The inaugural class of residents experiencing their first year of their program (PGY1), is comprised of eight residents in family medicine and six residents in psychiatry. Family medicine residents are at the midpoint of their block rotations in emergency medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, surgical services, orthopedics, sports medicine, gynecology, maternal care, dermatology, behavioral health, and diagnostic/nuclear imaging. Psychiatry residents are receiving exposure to pharmacological regimens, psychotherapy on an individual and group basis, consultation in medical and surgical settings, collaborate work with interdisciplinary teams and non-medical therapists, and recognition of violence and abuse instances.

Looking ahead, the GME program is completing its 2018-2019 interview season.  Match Day is March 15th, 2019, after which Ocean will have determined its next class of residents, which starting in 2019 will include an internal medicine residency, in addition to family medicine and psychiatry. The current residents provided tours to PGY1 applicants this year, giving them a firsthand perspective on the resident experience. All programs are seeing a good mix of applicants, some NJ/NY based applicants as well as applicants from further afield. Ocean is also expanding its academic opportunities by adding a child and adolescent psychiatry programs. A summary of applicants for the 2019-2020 program year is as follows:

Family Medicine:
1,542 applicants and 111 interviewed for 8 spots

Internal Medicine:
928 applicants and 176 interviewed for 8 spots

Psychiatry:
914 applicants and 122 interviewed for 10 spots (Ocean Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center)