Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many residents are selected each year?
A: We accept six new Family Medicine Residents from the hundreds that apply each year.

Q: What are the requirements for applying to the CentraState Family Medicine Residency Program?
A: Our candidates must be U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, or eligible for a J-1 visa through ECFMG. They must have at least one year clinical rotation experience in the U.S. or Canada, with at least two letters of recommendation. Candidates must have graduated from medical school within the last five years and they must have a minimum combined average score of 190 for USMLE Steps 1 and 2.

Q: What is the application deadline?
A:  December 31st.

Q: Are any fellowships offered?
A: We offer a one-year geriatric fellowship program at CentraState Medical Center. There are also Sports Medicine, Health Policy, Primary Care Research, and Women’s Health Fellowships available at our sponsoring institution, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Q: Are there other residency programs at CentraState?
A: No, this is the only residency program.

Q: What is the call schedule like?
A: We use a night float system for all three years. During the last half of the third year, the residents take home calls.

Q: What types of amenities are available to CentraState Residents?
A: CentraState Medical Center offers resident physicians many amenities, including free parking at all sites, daily meal allowances, and discounted gym memberships at our Fitness and Wellness Center. All residents at CentraState also receive an allowance for a laptop or tablet, a stipend toward the purchase of a smartphone or PDA, and an annual allowance for the purchase of educational supplies.  Our program supplies residents with membership to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a subscription to Epocrates and Prescriber’s Letter, and assists in the funding of a board review course for the Family Medicine Board certification exam.  All residents receive four weeks of vacation and twelve sick days per year, as well as eight recognized University holidays and four float holidays.  As employees of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, residents are provided comprehensive medical / dental insurance and a free prescription drug plan, membership in the Committee of Interns and Residents Union (CIR), liability coverage and life insurance.

Q: How many weeks of vacation do residents receive?
A: Residents receive four weeks of vacation per academic year.

Q: Is there subsidized housing for residents?
A: No, but we are in contact with experienced local realtors to assist you in finding housing near the hospital.

Q: Are there job opportunities post-graduation?
A: Monmouth County is a growing and diverse area, offering increasing opportunities for Family Physicians. As a community hospital, CentraState enables its residents to take advantage of this growing need by assisting in their post-graduate career placement.