Ambulatory medicine is an integral part of internal medicine training at
Monmouth Medical Center. Outpatient practice skills are developed primarily
at the Monmouth Family Health Center (MFHC), located at 270 Broadway Avenue,
Long Branch, New Jersey.
MFHC is a federally-qualified Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C.
254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee service under 42 U.S.C.
233(g)-(n). The center is also licensed by the NJ Department of Health
and Senior Services.
At the MFHC, residents provide high quality, comprehensive, affordable,
culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate primary and preventative
health care services to the residents of Long Branch and surrounding communities.
Outpatient practice skills are developed under a mentoring system in which
faculty review all resident interactions with patients. Performance is
evaluated through written reports by attending physicians every six months.
As competency develops residents assume increased independence and their
assessments are relied on with respect to data gathering and physical
findings. This clinical experience is supplemented by ambulatory core
curriculum of didactic lectures.
Residents are required to attend out-patient continuity clinic one half
day per week, every week, throughout the three-year training period. Their
patient rosters grow through assignment of new clinic patients, scheduling
of follow-ups of their in-patient and from transfers from graduating residents.
A monthly report of the number of patients each resident see per session
is issued and monitored to assure proper average patient encounters according
to year of training. Continuity of care is assured through a computer
assisted appointment system which identifies each patient with their treating
resident for follow-up visits. MFHC utilizes the Greenway EMR for integration
of all electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry.