NJ State Resident Training Permits
Recently the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals (NJCTH), the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), and New Jersey Academy of Family Practice (NJAFP) took action to secure continued training for two medical residents in the much needed specialties of family medicine and pediatrics.
Background: At the end of the first year of residency training in New Jersey, medical residents must secure a permit from the Board of Medical Examiners (the Board) in order to complete their remaining years of medical residency training at a New Jersey teaching hospital.
However, these two medical residents attended a study abroad program in accredited and recognized medical schools but a little known regulation that exists only in New Jersey states that they could be disqualified form receiving a permit (N.J.A.C. 13:35-1.5(c)(ii), because they have not “completed their didactic education in the country or in the jurisdiction which authorizes the medical school to grant a degree.” They were initially unsuccessful in obtaining a permit for their remaining years of training, potentially forcing them to leave New Jersey for training elsewhere.
Ms. Briggs and team were determined to see these much needed residents remain in New Jersey. They successfully requested the Board hold a special hearing allowing these two medical school graduates to present their case. Both residents, born and raised in New Jersey, eloquently discussed their educational process and desire to continue their medical residency training in New Jersey.
After hearing the news of the successful intervention one resident wrote: “I am proud to say that I am now back in Residency and am writing this email as I await seeing patients in the clinic. I cannot stress how much you have helped a young man's dream of becoming a physician here in New Jersey continue to become true. Thank you again so much!”
The successful team included Deborah Briggs, president and CEO NJCTH; Mishael Azam, COO, NJMS; Claudine Leone, government affairs director, NJAFP; and Anthony LaBue, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP. They will continue negotiating with the Board to permanently amend the regulatory language.