Clinician Educator Track

Combined Internal Medicine - Preventive Medicine Track



4 year combined Internal Medicine - Preventive Medicine (IM-PM) residency with focus on Maternal Health


Starting July 2021, we have implemented a 4 year combined Internal Medicine - Preventive Medicine (IM-PM) residency with focus on Maternal Health. Each resident will spend 30 months in Internal Medicine (IM); 18 months in Preventive Medicine (PM); and 3 years (starting during second year in Medicine) working on an MPH degree in Rutgers School of Public Health. (The MPH degree is fully funded.) This is a wonderful opportunity for a resident interested in Primary Care and Women's Health! Preventive Medicine is a key aspect of all primary care; and Medicine specialists benefit from strong skills in public health and epidemiology. There are only 6 institutions in the US that offer combined residency training in Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and only 3 of those are in the North-East.

The IM and PM residency programs are part of the Department of Medicine at Rutgers NJMS, share two training sites (University Hospital and the Veterans Affairs NJ Health Care System) and have been in close collaboration since 2016 in the IM Urban Health track. The strengths of our IM and PM residencies complement each other to provide an optimal educational experience to trainees.


Summary of Educational Experiences by Training Year:

  • The PGY-I in the combined IM-PM residency program will have a similar schedule as PGY-I residents in the categorical program plus 4 weeks of elective rotations in preventive medicine. In addition, this resident will participate in Preventive Medicine seminars weekly during ambulatory blocks and elective rotations.

  • The PGY-II in the combined IM-PM residency program will have a similar schedule as PGY-II residents in the categorical program plus 8 weeks of elective rotations in preventive medicine. This resident will participate in Preventive Medicine seminars weekly during ambulatory blocks and elective rotations. In addition, the PGY-II resident is expected to begin coursework in the School of Public Health (SPH), with the expectation to complete at least 3 courses (9 credits) by the end of the academic year. By the middle of PGY-II, the resident will select one or two community-based organizations and a project that will be continued longitudinally for the remaining years of training. The project may be committee/ planning; patient education; home visitation; epidemiology; literature reviews to help organization leadership.

  • The PGY-III resident in the combined IM-PM residency program will have a similar schedule as PGY-III residents in the categorical program plus 12 weeks of preventive medicine rotations. Participation in Preventive Medicine seminars and community-based organizations will same as described for PGY-II. In addition, the PGY-III resident is expected to continue coursework in the SPH, with the expectation to complete at least 4 courses (12 credits). During the year, the PGY-III resident is expected to decide on the topic and faculty mentor(s) for the MPH capstone project in urban public health, select a faculty preceptor and develop the project idea and research methods. The focus may be on epidemiology, QI, or education. At the end of the PGY-III, the resident becomes eligible to sit for the ABIM certification exam.

  • The PGY-IV resident in the combined IM-PM residency program will participate fully in Preventive Medicine training. Preventive Medicine rotations will include VA Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) activities (8 weeks); University Hospital Quality Improvement (12 weeks); War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) (4 weeks); and rotations through the Department of Health at state and local level (12 weeks). Throughout the year, the PGY-IV resident will attend weekly continuity clinic sessions in the Internal Medicine clinic and will participate in weekly Preventive Medicine seminars. Participation in community-based organizations will remain as described for the first 3 years of training. The PGY-IV resident is expected to enroll in 2 SPH classes per semester and complete the remaining 18 credits toward the MPH degree, and to complete the capstone project, to submit an abstract at the ACPM annual conference and SPH and DOM research days. At the end of the academic year, the resident becomes eligible to sit for the ABPM certification exam in Preventive Medicine and will have completed the MPH degree.

  • We have partnered with ObGyn and with community organizations to ensure elective rotations and comunity projects that allow work in maternal morbidity and mortality.

  • At the end of 4 years of training, graduates are eligible for Board certification by both ABIM and ABPM

We plan to enroll 1-2 residents per year in the combined IM-PM track.

For any questions, please contact the IM-PM track co-directors: Dr. Mirela Feurdean (feurdemi@njms.rutgers.edu) and Dr. Pauline Thomas (thomasp1@njms.rutgers.edu)