Primary Care & Social Internal Medicine Residency

Primary Care and Social Medicine Program Structure

"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, Program Graduate
Lead Physician, Global Health Programs, University of Pennsylvania

Year One (PGY-I)

The internship year of the Primary Care and Social Medicine (PC/SM) residents is similar to that of the categorical medicine interns, with the same number of inpatient rotations. 

Interns spend: 

  • 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 
  • three months of ambulatory medicine rotations focused on medical Spanish, community health (and/or social medicine), and clinical epidemiology

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 either Behavioral Medicine or Psychosocial issues encountered in clinic, one to two half days for "core curriculum" (i.e., didactics, journal clubs, etc.), and one to two weekly session for projects. Each month, residents will also take part in specialty clinics including Human Rights, Immigrant Health, and Transitions Care. 

During the PGY-II year, PC/SM residents elect one of five 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 Global Health elective 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 inpatient 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.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why Incarceration Matters for Medical Care
Aaron Fox, MD & Ross MacDonald, MD
8:00 AM: 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Contact Us

Erin J. Goss, MD, AAHIVS
Program Co-Director  

Shwetha V. Iyer, MD
Program Co-Director 

Josephine Byfield
Program Administrator
718 920-2627 

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