Welcome to the Primary Care Track at Cooper!
Our Primary Care track was created in 2011 and has grown to three residents per class. 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+4 model as of the 2020 academic year. We feel this gives our residents increased exposure to the outpatient experience and provides 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, FACP
Primary Care Track FAQs
How is the Primary Care Track different from the Categorical Track?
- Dedicated elective time in the outpatient setting: 4+4 model
- A month of dedicated primary care clinic with time built for research and QI projects
- Varied outpatient elective opportunities (Urgent care, Women's Health, Sports medicine, HIV clinic, IM subspecialty clinics)
- Primary Care Didactic series during ambulatory week
- Experience being the on-call physician from home for the Internal Medicine offices (4 weekends and 4 weekdays a year with attending supervision)
- Rounding at a Subacute Care Facility
- Home visits with an emphasis on geriatric medicine in the underserved population
- 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.