"More than anything else about working here, I have been impressed by the caliber of my peers. They are the sort of doctors that will change the way medicine is practiced in years to come."
—Michael Reid, Class of 2009
Lead Physician, Global Health Programs, University of Pennsylvania
With a shared faculty and ambulatory site, the program structure and curricula of the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine programs are identical.
Year One (PGY-I)
The internship year of the Primary Care (PC) and Social Medicine (SM) residents is similar to that of the categorical medicine interns, with the same number of inpatient rotations.
- four and a half months of the year on inpatient wards
- one month in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
- one month in the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
- one inpatient elective completing a rigorous impatient experience
- three months of ambulatory medicine rotations focused on medical Spanish, community health, clinical epidemiology, and ambulatory care
Year Two (PGY-II)
PGY-II (second year) residents in PC/SM again participate in:
- two and half inpatient ward months
- one month in the CCU
- two weeks in the MICU
- two weeks on the neurology and geriatrics services
- one elective month
- one month of vacation
- five General Medicine (GM) months: approximately 4-5 half day sessions per week are spent providing continuity care at CHCC, one-half day in Behavioral Medicine activities, one to two half days for "core curriculum", and one to two weekly session for projects. There is also a monthly Human Rights Clinic session and one to two sessions in Immigrant Health Clinic.
Core curricular topics for the PGY-II year include women’s health, musculoskeletal medicine, health and human rights, and global health. During the PGY-II year, PC and SM residents elect one of four Community Medicine Tracks where they have the opportunity to have a focused ambulatory experience in correctional health, homeless health care, substance abuse, or home based care with our community-based organization partners. One ambulatory month is dedicated to a Human Rights course and one is a scheduled Project Month to permit residents additional time for their independent projects.
Year Three (PGY-III)
The PGY-III year includes:
- two months on the impatient service
- two weeks on oncology
- one month of medical consultation service
- three inpatient electives
The ambulatory experience during the PGY-III year is again divided into distinct GM months. Core curriculum topics include screening and prevention, advanced epidemiology, health policy, and health systems.
PGY-III residents have the exciting opportunity to spend an elective month in Uganda as part of the PC/SM Global Health curriculum.