• The goal of the Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program is to prepare future physicians for successful careers by emphasizing multidisciplinary efforts that integrate comprehensive primary care embodied by the core competencies established by the AOA and ACOFP.



Recognizing that family physicians do the majority of their patient care in an ambulatory setting, the major portion of training is spent providing comprehensive primary care for patients. The Department meets this standard of 1650 ambulatory visits in 3 post graduate years by placing family medicine residents with full time clinical faculty and with volunteer faculty. In addition to the primary care ambulatory components, residents also receive ambulatory training in many specialty and subspecialty fields of medicine and surgery and nursing home.


Inpatient training allows the resident to expand his/her knowledge in the areas of adult and pediatric diseases. This curricular element is both didactic and clinical in nature with emphasis in disciplines such as endocrinology, geriatrics and women’s health. Inpatient programs are performed through Kennedy Health System, and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.


Core lecture series are held every Friday afternoon from 12 pm to 5 pm. Education is based on textbook medical topics supplemented with current evidence based medicine. We intend to make didactics interesting and interactive by adding faculty lectures along with esteemed guest lectures.  This year, we will introduce a Family Medicine Grand Rounds Series every 4th Friday of the month.


The Rowan-SOM Department of Family Medicine is committed to providing community service programs. Our schedule is designed to permit third year residents to pursue community service they are particularly interested in. All residents participate in the ACOFP student organizations and, as a department, third year licensed residents provide community service in supervising the student-run Camden Free Clinic. In addition, they provide various high school pre-participation physicals for sporting events and are instructed for Area Health Education Center 's (AHEC) Youth Advocacy Health Program.


The Rowan SOM Family Medicine program supports a research program that provides awarding winning research year after year. As a requirement of their residency education, trainees’ receive instruction and guidance in how to conduct research.

Topics of past Family Medicine residents are:

Xitlalichomiha Tally O'Dell, D.O. – “Body Mass Index vs Percent Body Fat: Which is a Better Predictor of Metabolic Health?”

Tara Pellegrino, D.O. – “Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines and the Impact on Physician Practices”

Joala Tubilleja, D.O. – “Utilization of Advanced Directives Among Physicians”

Deborah Ubele, D.O. – “A Survey of Osteopathic Medical Education Competencies Regarding Adoptive Practices”

Janika Wallace, D.O. – “Sexual Health Screening in Patients 55 and Older”

Sue Yang Novellino, D.O. – “The Effect of Osteopathic Manipulation on Postpartum Depression”


The Residency curriculum assumes a three-year integrated program, which involves an AOA approved internship. Educational objectives and core curriculum are achieved in all aspects of the model program with special emphasis on continuity of care, osteopathic manipulative medicine, behavioral medicine, health care delivery and economics. The curriculum includes a stronger emphasis on inpatient/outpatient OMM, Evidence Based Medicine, and Billing & Coding.

The needs of the community are met by assuring that high quality trained residents are available in the southern New Jersey area. In keeping with Rowan-SOM mission, the Department is committed to building a program which reflects the diversity of our community.


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