Message From the Chair


The Department of Family Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School was established in 1991. Our mission is to teach and model the principles of Family Medicine to students, residents and other physicians. We are dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research and advocacy, serving the Greater Newark community and expanding the quality of primary care through education and collaboration with our students, patients and colleagues.

Since our inception, the department has actively contributed to advancing the school's curriculum and promoting education in family medicine. We have received the Excellence in Education Award in recognition of the quality of our curriculum, use of information technology and faculty development for community preceptors. Our faculty continue to receive recognition through education awards.  

Currently we are responsible for:

  • The Ambulatory Primary Care Clerkship: a mandatory 4 week-long third year rotation. Clinical teaching for the the clerkship is done in over 40 community-based family medicine practices by physicians with clinical faculty appointments in our department.
  • The Family Medicine Acting Internship: a 4 week-long fourth year rotation.
  • Research and ambulatory care electives in family medicine.

Our clinical mission is fulfilled through our clinical sites:

  • Our faculty practice site, the New Jersey Family Practice Center (NJFPC), provides primary care services to the Greater Newark community. It is staffed by board-certified, family medicine physicians, as well as a board-certified psychiatrist.
  • Student Health Services provides medical care to students on Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences' Newark campus.
  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center provides safety-net primary care services in Bergen County

In developing our research focus, we have established expertise in contraceptive health, family violence, quality assurance in clinical practices and educational outcomes.

Our department oversees the Student Family Health Care Center (SFHCC), the NJMS student-run free medical practice. Established in 1967, this student-run community health center provides medical care to uninsured and underinsured individuals in the Greater Newark area and residents of local homeless shelters.

We invite you to browse our web site to learn more about the faculty and activities of the Department of Family Medicine.

Novneet Sahu MD MPA
Interim Chair