Department of Family and Social Medicine

Social Pediatrics Residency Training

PGY-1 Year

The focus of the PGY-1 year of social pediatrics training is the development of a strong general pediatric knowledge base and inpatient skills, very similar to the first-year training in the categorical pediatrics program.

Social Pediatrics PGY-1 residents will have:

  • One call-free month orientation to Social Medicine with PGY-1 residents in Family Medicine and Social Medicine, focusing on principles in social medicine and community advocacy, as well as connecting with the Bronx community.
  • Attend weekly Social Pediatrics Rounds in additional to traditional pediatric curriculum.

PGY-2 and PGY-3 Years

In addition to the refinement of inpatient skills, the PGY-2 and PGY-3 year of the social pediatrics residency places an increased focus on ambulatory and community pediatrics including fundamentals of public health, leadership, evidence-based medicine and community-centered advocacy and research.

Through a unique partnership system, residents share a continuity practice and inpatient responsibilities with another social pediatric resident from the same year. The Social Pediatrics schedule differs from the categorical schedule as it includes 3 blocks of full time clinic each year, and one call-free elective during both PGY-2 and PGY-3 year.

Social Pediatrics Rounds and Tuesday Curruculum 

This core conference and curriculum is held weekly, providing social pediatrics residents advocacy training based on monthly themes such as:

  • Environmental Health
  • Special Populations
  • Child Welfare
  • Legislative Advocacy & Community Collaboration
  • Linguistic & Cultural Competency
  • Mental Health
  • Global Health
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Policy
  • Education
  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Research Design
  • Child & Family in Crisis

Components of Tuesday afternoon curriculum also include home visits, a biopsychosocial case conference, housing and family court visits, juvenile detentions centers, community outreach, research presentations, journal club, film club & book club, policy rounds and board review. Residents also participate in several advocacy/lobby days in Albany.

There are also weekly Wednesday Continuity Clinic conferences at CHCC as well as bi-monthly Social Work Rounds and EBM rounds.


Social Pediatrics Faculty

Core Faculty 

Sandra Braganza, M.D., MPH
Program Director 

Jenna Scholnick, M.D.

Milani Patel, M.D.

Eleanor Bathory, M.D. 


Tanya White-Davis, PsyD
Behavioral Science Faculty 


Ambulatory Faculty: Comprehensive Health Care Center (CHCC) 

Andrea Rich, M.D.
Medical Director, Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center 

Charles Strouthides, M.D.

Tekeema Dixon, M.D.

Bernice Vicil, M.D.


Alice Farley, M.D.


Social Pediatrics Graduates

Graduates of social pediatrics continue to work towards social justice by practicing in underserved inner-city health centers, community hospitals, rural and urban medical centers. Several of them serve as health policy advocates, health administrators, and leaders in community medicine. Others use their social pediatrics training in subspecialties, bringing community-oriented approach.

Alumnae of the Residency Program in Social Pediatrics include:

Philip Ozuah, M.D., Ph.D; Chairman, Department of Pediatrics Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D.; President, New York Academy of Medicine
David Appel, M.D.; Director, Montefiore School Health Program
Andrew Goodman, M.D.; Associate Commissioner, New York Department of Health
Steven Shevlov, M.D.; Chairman, Pediatrics, Maimonides Medical Center
Sharon Joseph, M.D.; Medical Director, New York Children’s Health Project-Children’s Health Fund
Iman Sharif, M.D., MPH; Chief, Division of General Pediatrics A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children 


Research and Advocacy

Social Pediatrics residents and faculty have contributed significantly to scholarly dissemination and clinical research. Our department participates in several national and regional meetings each year including:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Academic Societies
  • Eastern Society for Pediatric Research
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association
  • American Public Health Association
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