Department of Medicine - A Perspective
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"No greater responsibility or obligation can fall on the lot of a
human being than to become a physician. In the care of the suffering,
he needs technical skill, scientific knowledge and human understanding.
He who uses these with courage, with humility and with wisdom provides
a unique service for his fellow man and will build an enduring edifice
of character within himself. The physician should ask of his destiny no
more than this; he should be content with ho less." E.A. Stead, Jr., M.D.
The Internal Medicine Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is committed
to teaching graduate physicians enduring principles and skills necessary
to practice Internal Medicine in a changing environment.
Medicine is humane science. An exciting specialty, Internal Medicine is
undergoing enormous change. We at Saint Barnabas welcome this challenge.
Internists and medical subspecialists care for patients with diverse problems.
Confronted by an array of new illnesses, we devise new approaches, new
therapies, and new paradigms. The future of medicine will be the humane
clinical application -- to both diagnosis and therapy -- of new insights
derived from advances in biotechnology. As internists, we are committed
to the highest standards of patient care, self-education, and teaching.
We aspire to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive, ethical, and compassionate
in today's complex world and to prepare for and adapt to tomorrow's
changes. We offer to share in the predicament of others. We seek wisdom
when certainty is elusive. We attempt to preserve the best of our traditions
in medicine and to develop new strengths in order to successfully meet
The Department of Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is at the forefront
of these developments. We are New Jersey's largest hospital -- a distinguished
multispecialty institution -- with internationally recognized physician/scientists
on our staff of nearly 1,500 physicians. We are a major teaching hospital
affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New
Jersey Medical School. The Internal Medicine residency is one of 7 residency
programs and has 36 residents. We are part of New Jersey's largest
health care system - RWJBarnabas Health.
Our 633-bed hospital is situated on a lovely 65 acre tract of land in Livingston,
New Jersey. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the oldest voluntary hospital
in New Jersey with over 125 years of dedicated service. Saint Barnabas
Medical Center admits more patients, delivers more babies, provides care
for more women, sees more burn patients, and does more surgery, than any
other hospital in the state. In medicine we have state-of-the-art centers
of excellence in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, renal and transplantation
medicine, endocrinology and diabetology, oncology, cardiovascular diseases,
neurology, memory disorders, and complementary and alternative (integrative)
medicine. Saint Barnabas is proud of its esteemed Internal Medicine and
medical subspecialty programs and of our outstanding faculty.
The Department of Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center blends the
traditional strengths of community and academic medicine in an exciting
and contemporary manner. The Medical Center utilizes state of the art
technology and scientific knowledge to provide quality care in a very
modern facility. We are poised to care for our patients in the coming
years and to prepare our graduate physicians for the future practice of
medicine in our society. The Medical Center enjoys an excellent location,
outstanding facilities, expert staff, dedicated teachers, imaginative
leadership, and a diverse patient population. It offers a congenial but
challenging environment, a scholarly approach to medicine, academic milieu,
and superb residents and attending staff.
Residents think this is a good place to train. Application inquiries continue
to increase and number in the thousands annually. We have an excellent
group of residents and an outstanding faculty who provide mentoring, support,
and encouragement for our residents. All our residents conduct clinical
research and have a distinguished record of presentations, publications,
peer recognition, and awards. We continually add highly qualified new
faculty to our full-time Department staff. In difficult times for medicine,
our program has thrived. We consistently fill all our residency positions
from the upper echelon of candidates. Our residents exceed national averages
on the in-training and certifying examinations of the American Board of
Internal Medicine each year and secure wonderful postgraduate opportunities,
ranging from positions at Harvard Medical School to local practice opportunities.
Ours is a recently changed, reinvigorated program with strong leadership
and vision. Ours is a program that balances community-based education
and traditional academic values. Ours is a Department and Medical Center
with nationally recognized programs and leaders in specialty fields. Ours
is a program which has long asserted the philosophy that our residency
is an educational -- not a service -- experience. Ours is a program that
is flexible in developing imaginative new programs -- including our unique
medical humanities program, expanded ambulatory care opportunities, circumscribing
inpatient coverage, offering more and different electives, developing
rotations in " real-life" medicine, and increasingly emphasizing
primary care medicine. We are a program of moderate size that fosters
collegiality and intimacy between attending and resident staff. And we
believe that medicine should be fun; our annual April Fools Day Grand
Rounds (we have debated "the medicinal value of chicken soup vs.
the pork sausage"), bowling night, basketball games, and movie rounds,
for example, are important aspects of our program.