Internal Medicine Residency

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Cooper University Hospital is dedicated to facilitating the development of well-rounded physicians and ensuring that each individual realizes his or her potential. The journey from novice to expert begins with our commitment to achieving excellence in medical education. We realize that residents are mature, self-directed learners and we actively engage them in the development and implementation of our curriculum that focuses on the four pillars of medicine: the science of medicine, the art of medicine, the evidence of medicine, and the business of medicine. Our curriculum utilizes innovative pedagogical techniques that emphasize active learning during our many diverse conferences, clinical experiences, and simulation scenarios.

Although we make it a priority to provide an exceptional didactic experience, we realize that medicine must be learned at the bedside. The diversity of patients and the scope of pathophysiological disease processes that residents encounter on a daily basis are impressive. Our residency provides exceptional experiential learning in a wide variety of clinical environments where residents apply evidence-based medicine under the tutelage of world-renowned faculty. We pride ourselves on not only creating knowledgeable physicians, but also on instructing our residents on how to think and act as professionals. Here at Cooper we emphasize the importance of bedside diagnosis by facilitating the development of strong analytical clinical reasoning and physical examination skills.

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What makes Cooper a great place to train?

Cooper University Health Care (CUHC) is the only academic tertiary care center located in southern New Jersey. As such, other hospitals in the region refer their most complex patients to our exceptional full-time faculty in all subspecialties of Internal Medicine. We have the privilege to treat diverse urban, suburban, and rural populations from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Our clinical campus is renowned for its world class ICU, Level 1 Trauma Center, and cardiac center of excellence, in addition to its exceptional inpatient and ambulatory care. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper has revolutionized how we care for patients afflicted with neoplastic disease. In August 2012, we welcomed the inaugural class to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), a four year allopathic medical school that is committed to training the physicians of tomorrow in an innovative and supportive manner. Since then, the Internal Medicine Residency Program has worked closely with the students as teachers and colleagues, and celebrated the graduations of multiple classes.

Residents at Cooper benefit from a fully integrated, electronic medical records system, EPIC, that has led to safer and more efficient care in all clinical environments. In addition, all scheduling information and audio-video recordings of our conference series are available electronically to residents so that they may access the material remotely via smartphone or computer at their convenience.

Rachel S. Nash, MDThe Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cooper is firmly committed to maximizing our residents’ quality of life and the 4+2 structure allows for protection from fatigue and more time to enjoy the things that matter most to residents outside of medicine. Cooper’s location offers something for everyone. We are minutes away from Philadelphia, and an easy commute using readily accessible public transportation. If you prefer a suburban environment, many are a short drive away.

If you are interested in a cutting edge program with a unique approach to providing exceptional clinical training and maintaining an excellent quality of life, Cooper is the place for you. I invite you to take the time to explore our program.

Rachel S. Nash, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program