Family Medicine

Family Medicine Residency

Virtua Family Medicine Residency welcomes you to apply to our program!

As part of Virtua, a multi-hospital healthcare organization serving the beautiful suburban neighborhoods of the South Jersey community, our residency program offers a wealth of educational opportunities and experiences in family medicine.

Our residency program is dedicated to providing continual and comprehensive care to all patients and their families, made possible for our residents through the organization’s programs of excellence that are devoted to women's health, pediatrics, cancer, cardiology, and orthopedics.

Mission:
Virtua Family Medicine Residency will guide in the development of Board Certified Family Physicians who will surpass the standards of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Vision:
We will create an atmosphere of self-reflection in which everyone can look for ways to improve clinically and academically.

Please contact us if you have any questions about application or our program. We can be reached via email at fmresidency@virtua.org or by phone at (856) 795-7075.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Congratulations to our 2014 graduating class!

RESIDENCY NEWS

Patient Centered Medical Home!

We are currently in our second year of recognition by the NCQA as a Level 3 Medical Home!

Therefore, our residents are trained to understand and incorporate all aspects of the Patient Centered Medical Home from the beginning of their residency. As part of our PCMH initiative, we have several ancillary services that aid in the management of our complex patients.

Our practice has a Community-Based Health Manager whose sole responsibility is oversight of the needs of our most fragile patients, aiding in everything from mental health services to arranging for transportation. In addition, we have on-site psychiatric services that integrate care of the whole patient, not care of just a “disease”.

Understanding patient care in the context of the PCMH gives our residents a competitive edge when they graduate!

Outstanding Patient Satisfaction!

Our residency has won the prestigious Virtua Physician Excellence Award for outstanding inpatient Patient Satisfaction Scores. For the 4th quarter of 2013, our program scored in the 99th percentile for all hospitals in the region. Our Chief Residents, Dr. Mohammad Abdeljawad and Dr. Prameela Dibba, accepted the award on behalf of the residency, and a celebration breakfast was given to the residency in gratitude from the hospital administration.

Community Involvement

As part of our commitment to the community our residents have participated in several health fairs, community events and community service. Dr. Indira Maharaj-Mikiel, one of our PGY-3 residents, has developed, organized, and implemented a very successful health fair at one of our local churches. Other residents have volunteered for Homeless Outreach screenings and skin cancer screenings. Our commitment to the community is one thing that makes our residency unique!

MORE INFO ABOUT THE FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY

About the Residency

VIRTUA FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY

Virtua Family Medicine Residency has been training residents in Family Medicine since the inception of the program in 1980. Since then, our program has changed in many ways, but our core mission, vision, and goals have not—we will train you to be the best family physician that you can be! Many of our graduates have stayed in the area and still to this day practice locally. Our hopes are to recruit the excellent family physicians that we train to stay within our area and provide primary care to the Virtua Community. Through our association with Virtua Medical Group, we have been able to offer employment to any resident who wants to stay in the area, thus allowing for a sense of “future job security” to those residents who have built a life in the surrounding area over their last 3 years of training and wish to stay.

Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:
Virtua Family Medicine Residency will cultivate physicians who, with the patient, stand at the core of lifelong health by integrating the physical, emotional and family needs of patients. Furthermore, these physicians will be dedicated to cultivating evidence based long term learning and application to healthcare and to the education of their patients.

Vision:
Serve as a “Bridge to the Future” in family medicine, by providing outstanding clinical training to all residents that results in high quality care to patients in the community.

Goal

A family physician trained in our program will show excellence in the provision of continuity of care in the office, hospital, nursing home and home, to the whole family, and at all stages of the life cycle.

Professional goals for graduates:

  • Core knowledge of primary care
  • Application and understanding of the biopsychosocial model of care
  • Experience and competency in provision of continuity of care in the hospital (including ICU), nursing home, and home setting
  • Basic level of competency in mental health diagnoses
  • Experience in provision of comprehensive care including prevention, regardless of socioeconomic or insurance status of patient and utilizing community resources
  • Effective communication skills with patients, staff, and peers
  • Competency in the business of medicine
  • Training in providing fiscally responsible care that is evidence based
  • Ability to learn lifelong
  • Ability to deal with and identify personal and professional limits and referral need
  • Understanding of how to function as patient advocate
  • Use of Information and Medical Technology to the fullest to advance and improve patient care

Behaviors expected of residents:

  • Understanding of and doing of what needs to be done for patient care
  • Balancing of personal/professional lives within the expected goals of patient care
  • Being a team player
  • Being a teacher to patients, students, the Virtua world
  • Being a role model for the profession of family practice
  • Have a professional sense of ethics which guide behaviors

NEW INNOVATIONS

Our family practice residency has fully integrated the use of New Inovations, Inc. into all areas of the program. New Innovations offers features such as scheduling, procedural logging, evaluations, conference details, duty hours, and many other features in order to simplify residency life. Please visit their website for more information: New Innovations, Inc.

Residency Facilities

The state-of-the-art Residency facility

Tatem-Brown Family Practice
2225 Evesham Road, Suite 101
Voorhees, NJ 08043
856-795-4330

Click here for more information about the practice, including online medication refills and referral requests.

Located in Voorhees, New Jersey near the campus of Virtua Voorhees, Tatem-Brown has average monthly visits of 1200, with almost 30% of the practice being children under the age of 19 and 25% over 60. This site has been involved with multiple managed care contracts since 1985 and has maintained quality ratings in the top 20% of practices. We have a very spacious facility, with 20 exam rooms and a large procedure room with excellent equipment for our residents to learn the common ambulatory procedures they will perform throughout their professional careers.

Top Twenty Diagnoses: Tatem Brown Family Practice Center

  1. Routine infant/child health check
  2. Hypertension
  3. Diabetes type 2
  4. Routine general examination
  5. Hyperlipidemia
  6. Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  7. Gastroesophageal reflux
  8. Depressive disorder
  9. Anxiety
  10. Hypothyroidism
  11. Allergic Rhinitis
  12. Back pain/Lumbago
  13. Asthma
  14. Routine GYN Exam
  15. Pain in joint/ DJD
  16. Dermatitis, NOS
  17. Pharyngitis
  18. Cough
  19. Otitis media
  20. Pain in Limb

As a resident in the Virtua Family Medicine Residency program, you will have the unique opportunity to work at two of the Virtua hospitals:

Learn More about the new Virtua Voorhees hospital

On May 2011, the new Virtua Voorhees Hospital opened. The hospital focuses on the emergency, surgical, and medical needs of adults with a separate adults-only emergency room and a wing exclusively for complex adult surgery performed in state-of-the-art operating suites. All hospital rooms are private and family friendly with an area for someone to comfortably stay overnight. There is an entire wing devoted to women and children. The hospital provides a warm, welcoming and healing environment while promoting personalized service and enhanced healing through the use of light, space and technology. The hospital is virtually entirely digital via our very sophisticated EMR system, which includes computerized order entry.

Adjacent to the hospital is an ambulatory center providing a variety of outpatient services in the new surgery center, pediatric specialty center, cancer center, women's imaging center, diagnostic services including preadmission testing, lab and radiology, a sleep center and physician offices. Residents at our program get an education that is unsurpassed, working one-on-one with the various specialists that make up our programs of excellence!

Curriculum

Curriculum

PGY-1

Night Float 2 months
Family Medicine 2 months
ER (Memorial) 1 month
Pediatrics 2 months
Obstetrics 2 months
Orthopedics 1 month
Surgery (Memorial) 1 month
Cardiology 1 month

PGY-2

Intensive Care Unit 2 months
Intensive Care Unit Float 2 months
Subspecialties 2 months
Surgery (Voorhees) 1 month
Geriatrics 1 month
Community Medicine 1 month
Practice Management 1 month
NICU/CARES 1 month
ER (Voorhees) 1 month

PGY-3

Family Medicine 2 months
Infectious Disease / Nephrology 1 month
Gynecology 1 month
Musculoskeletal 1 month
Urban Medicine 1 month
Advanced Office Skills 1 month
Pediatrics (subspecialty) 2 months
SELECTIVES 3 months

Night Float: On all night float rotations, our residents' only duty is in the hospital from 7 pm to 7 am Sunday through Thursday evening. This frees the other residents during the week, and their weekend call averages one call every four weekends.

Conferences: Our “Clinical Inquiry” Program

Wednesday mornings, in addition to “traditional” lectures, the all residents and faculty have a broad 2 hour discussion of a topic through case-based discussions focusing on the newest evidence balanced with practical applications. The cases are presented a week in advance and then discussion focuses on the evidence discovered by the residents which would drive the clinical decisions.

Longitudinal Training

At Virtua Family Medicine Residency we are proud of our longitudinal focus and have included examples of some of our unique core experiences: 

Community Service: Our community medicine experience is comprised of multiple elements: a one month R2 Community and Adolescent Medicine Rotation, working at project hope(medical clinic for the homeless), urban medicine(home visits in an inter-city underserved area), a community oriented primary care project, and a community service component of resident’s choice. 

Practice Management: One of our residency goals is to teach residents to run family practice offices. This training is done by the longitudinal experience of practice management as well as a one month block rotation of training in your PGY 2 year.

Home Visits: Second and third year residents are expected to care for a selected number of homebound patients under faculty direction. Residents learn to work closely with ancillary providers in the community to provide their patients with optimal care.

Simulated Learning: Our residency has incorporated the use of Simulated Learning into the curriculum. During orientation, residents learn the basic and critical care procedures they will need to excel in the hospital setting. Throughout the academic year, residents also learn and practice ambulatory procedures that they will use post-residency, such as joint injections.

Research: Thanks to one of our faculty members, Dr. Robert Post, who completed a faculty development in research, our program has incorporated research into our longitudinal residency experience. Dr. Post has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has brought research to a whole new level at the Virtua Family Medicine Residency, and all residents participate at some level. Current projects include: Health Literacy, correlation of Precept Assist (one of our most valuable teaching tools) with in-training exam scores, infant nutrition, analysis of diabetes education websites for our Spanish-speaking population, as well as a host of others.

Behavioral Medicine Training: From the first day of residency, our residents are trained extensively in Behavioral Health, and this continues throughout residency training. We are extremely lucky to have a full-time Clinical Psychology Behaviorist, Dr. Stuart Kurlansik, PhD, who heads up the development of this longitudinal curriculum. From interview skills to diagnosis and treatment of basic and more complex mental health issues, our residents are exposed and taught Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques they will use throughout their career.

Salary and Benefits

Salaries:

    PGY1    $49,424 
    PGY2    $51,112 
    PGY3    $53,275

Other benefits include:
CME: $1,500 & 5 days (all years)
Vacation: 3 weeks (all years)
Health: Medical & dental coverage for resident & dependents w/minimal employee contribution.
Professional Liability Insurance: Coverage for resident rotations (occurrence plus policy).
Miscellaneous:

  • 2 Lab Coats
  • On-call meals
  • One time state licensure and permit fee
  • Up to $1,000 in one-time moving expenses
  • On-site child daycare facility on the Voorhees campus (all residents eligible)
  • Medical and dental coverage for resident and dependents with minimal employee contribution
  • Full malpractice insurance with tail coverage for required resident experiences
  • ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics), ATLS, BLS, ACLS and PALS training.
  • Moonlighting allowed, by individual approval
  • Night Float rotation throughout the 3 years of training instead of traditional 24 hour call.

New Benefits:

On January 1, 2012, Virtua changed from Amerihealth to QualCare and became self-insured. QualCare is New Jersey's largest provider-owned managed care network. This medical plan is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families. It provides an opportunity for reduced administrative costs. This transition better positioned us for changes that will accompany healthcare reform.

Faculty and Residents

Meet the Faculty & Residents

Faculty


Mario Maffei, MD
Residency Program Director

Dr. Mario Maffei is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. After he completed his Family Medicine residency at Virtua in 1999, he accepted a position as a faculty member. In 2005, in addition to his role as faculty, he was appointed medical director of the Tatem Brown Family Practice Center. Dr. Maffei became Program Director for the residency in March 2010, and Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Virtua Voorhees in August 2011. He is very enthusiastic about residency education, and he believes one of his most important tasks as an educator is to teach residents to be lifelong learners, and to prepare them for their future careers in Family Medicine.


Ann Dimapilis, DO
Faculty


Anne Ibay, MD
Associate Program Director Medical Director Family Medicine Center - Lumberton


Stuart Kurlansik, PhD
Clinical Psychology Behaviorist


James Gamble, MD 
MS, Computer and Information Science


Robert Post, II, MD
Faculty Chairman,
Department of Family Medicine Virtua (Southern Division) Director,
Division of Population Health Research,
Virtua Medical Group

Chief Residents

Huai Lee Phen, MD
Rabia Qureshi, MD

Residents

PGY 3

Yogina Desai, MD
Shruti Gupta, MD
Kamaljit Kaur, MD
Anthony Silva, MD

PGY 2

Hassan Albassam, MD

Dennis Besong, MD
Alfred Enriquez, MD
Muneeb Hussain, MD
Samir Khalil, MD
Jennifer Lee, MD

PGY 1

Shahan Arif, MD
Joseline Chummar, MD
Rose Ann Ghabour, MD
Salvatore Mule, MD
Bhavika Patel, MD
Arjun Ramprasad, MD

Teaching Methodology

Philosophy of the program

The Virtua Family Medicine Residency offers a unique training opportunity for residents in Southern New Jersey. As the only allopathic residency sponsored by Virtua, our residency program has an educational history dating back to 1979. You will train in the best of our hospital rotations at both Virtua Voorhees Hospital and Virtua Memorial Hospital and be assigned to our family practice center in Voorhees. Our focus is to offer each of our residents the ability to become the best family physician they can be with a practice commitment to care that evolves along with proven methodologies.

Evidence-based care has become a popular phrase in medical education. However, at our residency we have lived this approach for over 10 years, through our precepting program and our approach to clinical care. Precepting has become for us a mechanism to enable each resident to achieve their personal best through continual constructive feedback on clinical management, behavioral attitudes, and techniques for improvement. By insisting on use of evidence based care, our residents set the pattern for their long-term learning in the delivery of patient care. Combining this approach with a focus on the skills essential to the development of family physicians has allowed us to create a progressive residency focused on the future.

In our family practice center, we model real world medicine. You will learn the critical elements of the business of medicine and the success of practice development throughout your residency. You will learn to balance the resources of medicine not only through your own managed care patients, but also through the struggle to identify the resources necessary for your under-served patients.

The precepting process

Precept-Assist™ is a computerized, data-based feedback system, developed at Virtua Family Practice Residency, and used as the principal office evaluation system since 1995. When you are a resident here, preceptors will use the system to enter data about your performance immediately after the precept session. The areas in which feedback is given are structured into three categories:

Knowledge–Preceptors assess your knowledge about each of the diagnoses/problems discussed during the precept session.

Procedures–Preceptors assess your performance on procedures supervised in the office.

Competencies–Based on your individual needs, Precept-Assist presents to the preceptor a set of behavioral and attitudinal competencies unique to family practice.

One of the important results of entering formative data after each precepting session is that the feedback is available to you immediately. This means that, instead of waiting for the monthly or quarterly evaluation session to find out "how I am doing", you, as a resident at Virtua Family Practice Residency, can see your growth on a day-to-day basis. The feedback provided on-line allows you to see your strengths and weaknesses, enables you to focus your learning on areas of deficit, and assists you in concentrating on those attitudinal and behavioral competencies that you need to become the best possible family physician.

Top Twenty Diagnoses Tatem Brown Family Practice Center:

  • Routine infant/child health check
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Routine general examination
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Depressive disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Back pain/Lumbago
  • Asthma
  • Routine GYN Exam
  • Pain in joint/ DJD
  • Dermatitis, NOS
  • Pharyngitis
  • Cough
  • Otitis media
  • Pain in Limb

FAQ

What is Virtua Health?
Please visit our website at www.virtua.org to find out more information on Virtua.

What are Virtua Family Medicine Residency academic affiliations?
The Virtua Family Medicine Residency participates in the Network of Affiliated Family Practice Residencies of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Department of Family Practice. Through this affiliation, faculty and residents are offered unique educational experiences such as bi-annual faculty development lectures and the AAFP ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) course for all PGY1 residents. Additionally, the Department provides resources for resident and faculty research both within and between programs. All these activities are facilitated through regularly scheduled resident meetings and lectures which the programs jointly support. 

What are the candidate eligibility requirements?
All applicants must meet the following criteria for a PGY1 position (criteria are strictly enforced- to be fair to all applicants):

  • ECFMG certified
  • US Citizen, Permant Resident or Green Card Holder; Visa's are not sponsored.
  • The date of medical school graduation cannot exceed 2 years prior to the academic year you would be starting the program.

How do I apply?
All applications for a PGY1 position must come through ERAS. Our program is a participant in The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Virtua ACGME ID: 1203312667

What does the interview day look like?

  • Interviews are conducted weekly.
  • 9:00am - Program Director and applicant "Meet & Greet" group interview.
  • 9:30am – Individual Interviews with Program Director.
  • 11:00am - Group interviews with Faculty.
  • 12:00pm – Interview and Lunch with current residents.
  • 12:30pm – Tour of New Hospital

What should I do to prepare for my interview?

  • Please ensure that all documentation is uploaded to ERAS (i.e. 3 letters of recommendation, Deans Letter, Medical School Transcripts, USMLE Scores, CAF, Personal Statement, ECFMG certificate, CV, etc.)
  • Make sure you visit the residency webpage and take a tour of our family practice office. Tours are not conducted during the interview visit. The group interviews are based on that you took the time to read about the program on our website.
  • While visiting the residency website, please take the time to visit the faculty & resident page where you can get details on each of our faculty members - you may have similiar clinical interests!

What should I do the day of my interview? 
Interviews begin promptly at 9:00am, so plan to arrive 15 minutes early. You will be provided the location and address at the time you book your interivew. 

Are walk-ins welcome on the day of interview? 

Walk-ins will NOT be interviewed. The residency program requires that documents be submitted in full through ERAS. Careful consideration is applied to each candidates documentation packet prior to their invitation and arrival for their interview. If you are interested in the program, please take the proper steps to apply through ERAS as this will be the only way that your candidacy will be considered.