Primary Care Track

Welcome to the Primary Care Track at Cooper! 

Our Primary Care track was created in 2011 and has grown to five residents per class. ​Two of our five incoming residents may be matched through an accelerated 3-year primary care training program  offered at our affiliated medical school, CMSRU. We are a tight-knit family focusing on providing culturally competent, cost-conscious, evidence based primary care to diverse populations. While we are lucky to have a "program within a program," the PC track is also fully integrated within the larger Internal Medicine program. This provides support and mentorship from all of Program Leadership and co-residents.

The structure of our program is a 4+2 model that tracks with the categorical track so residents travel with their peers throughout residency. As of 2020, we have incorporated a four week outpatient clinic block for PGY-2s and PGY-3s in addition to their +2 ambulatory weeks to increase exposure to the outpatient experience and provide a true window into the daily practice of primary care medicine.

Roughly half of our PC graduates ultimately pursue careers within Outpatient General Internal Medicine while the other fifty percent go on to careers as Hospitalists or continue on to fellowships. Regardless of the careers our graduates choose, our goal is to train excellent primary care clinicians. Through our didactic series, clinical experiences, and the population we serve in Camden, NJ our residents learn to treat patients in the dynamic, complex healthcare system with special attention to vulnerable populations including medically underserved patients, patients with mental health issues including substance abuse, and trauma informed care.

I invite you to explore our program and to reach out with any questions.​

Jenny Melli, MD

Jenny Melli, MD, FACP
Program Director, Primary Care Track
Deputy Clerkship Director, Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Primary Care Track FAQs

How is the Primary Care Track different from the Categorical Track?

  • One month of dedicated primary care continuity clinic in PGY2 and PGY3 years with time built in for research and QI projects as well as precepting in the free clinic run by the medical school.
  • Outpatient electives such as urgent care, women's health, sports medicine, HIV clinic, and IM subspecialty clinics.
  • Year long primary care didactic series in addition to ambulatory didactics with topics ranging from motivational interviewing to fatty liver disease.
  • Opportunity to take home phone call for Internal Medicine primary care offices (two weekends and four weekdays a year with attending supervision).
  • Home visits with an emphasis on geriatric medicine in the underserved population during PGY2 year
  • Dedicated elective time in the outpatient setting.
  • Access to individualized support and career mentorship with the Primary Care Program Director, Dr. Jenny Melli.

How is the Primary Care Track the same as the Categorical Track?

Like the Categorical track, this is a three-year Internal Medicine residency and graduates are ABIM board eligible in Internal Medicine at the end of their training. Residents in the Primary Care track are full and equal members of the Internal Medicine residency program, with all of the same benefits and support.

When you are on the inpatient rotations, there is absolutely no distinction made between residents who are on either track.

Can I still go into a subspecialty or be a hospitalist if I do the Primary Care Track?

Yes. The goal of this track is to graduate physicians who are exceedingly well prepared for careers in primary care as clinicians, researchers, community activists, public health administrators and other positions at the forefront of primary medical care. That said, many graduates of primary care tracks across the country do change their minds and enter a subspecialty. The training you receive will certainly prepare you for any path.

Can I apply to and rank both Categorical and Primary Care Tracks?

Yes! The number for the Primary Care Track in the NRMP is 1380140M0.