Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jun 27, 2013
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Marketing and Public Relations  
(732) 840-3279

Next Generation of Physicians Now Learning at Two Ocean County Hospitals

New medical school affiliation introduced at Southern Ocean Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center  

Brick/Manahawkin - Physicians and clinicians from Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin are welcoming 12 bright and enthusiastic medical students as part of a new teaching relationship with the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Beginning on June 24, the third year medical school students embarked on rotations at the two hospitals, which take them out of the classroom and lab, and into real clinical settings for a variety of specialties.

Physicians and staff at both Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center are excited about the new program that has been developed with UMDNJ and Rowan University, which will officially be called the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine beginning July 1.

Medical students are required to complete four years of medical school, and then three years of residency prior to being licensed. Their first two years of medical school focus on classroom and lab studies. During their third and fourth year, they participate in rotations to gain exposure and experience in multiple areas of specialization.

“Collaborating with a medical school is a win-win situation for the students, as well as the hospital medical staff,” says Thomas Brandeisky, D.O., medical director for the program at Ocean and Southern Ocean. “The students bring things back to basics. They ask a lot of questions, and engage the physicians and nurses in interactive dialogue.”

About Southern Ocean Medical Center

Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin is a member of the Meridian Health family, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and most recently, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. 

Southern Ocean Medical Center is home to a wide range of clinical services and programs specializing in cardiovascular and stroke care, maternity and women's health, orthopedics and joint health, bariatric surgery, and wellness and prevention programs. 

Part of Meridian Cancer Care, Southern Ocean Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer services, including radiation oncology, surgery, and clinical trials, and is connected to specialized programs and services throughout Meridian Health. For more information, visit

During their rotation at Ocean and Southern Ocean, the students will spend the next year working side by side with physicians who embrace the learning model and have committed to teaching the next generation of doctors. Areas of specialty include: family medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics, psychiatry, radiology, surgery, pediatrics, and ob/gyn.

“Our physicians have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with these students,” Dr. Brandeisky. “When you’ve been practicing for many years, it’s rewarding to teach these students and bring their textbook knowledge to life with real patients and medical challenges.”

Dr. Brandeisky adds that Ocean Medical Center has been involved in medical education since an affiliation with the School of Osteopathic Medicine at UMDNJ began seven years ago.“ Student interest in our hospitals and communities has grown since inception, and we are pleased to expand the program to both hospital campuses,” says Dr. Brandeisky.