The Cooper University Internal Medicine Residency Program is a proud recipient of a $1.92 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to conduct a Primary Care Track. Two positions are open for applications each year.

Like the standard 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 considered part of the Internal Medicine residency program but have a schedule that emphasizes outpatient, community-based academic medicine. Residents spend significantly more time on chronic care, ambulatory internal medicine and ambulatory subspecialty rotations.

Primary Care Track FAQs

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

  • Dedicated elective time in the outpatient setting: 8 additional weeks of outpatient medicine
  • 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.