The Department of Family Medicine at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center serves as the
vital link between practicing community family physicians and the full resources of the medical
Board-certified and board-eligible family physicians in the department have full admitting privileges
in the Department of Medicine and qualified practitioners with training and experience in pediatrics
may also obtain admitting privileges in the Department of Pediatrics.
Family practitioners are the backbone of managed care and the department assists and advises
staff members regarding all aspects of the changes in the healthcare system. The Department of
Family Medicine conducts weekly seminars specifically designed to inform practicing physicians of
the most significant developments in the major fields of practice. Problems that regularly confront
the family physician on a daily basis in the practice of medicine are emphasized. The basic orientation of these seminars will be the practical utilization of newly acquired skills for the family physician in office and hospital practice. This series of seminars consists of 35 hourly lectures by experts in each field and covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, medical genetics, neonatology, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, radiology, and surgery and surgical subspecialties.
The program has been reviewed and is acceptable for 35 prescribed hours of credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Departmental meetings are held on a monthly basis in order to ensure that all staff members are fully informed regarding hospital policies and procedures, legal responsibilities in managed care, patients' rights, risk management, infection control, needs of the elderly, safety management and cardiopulmonary resuscitating updates.
The chairman of the department and select members of the department participate in community educational activity on an ongoing basis throughout the year.