"During residency, I was able to start a new community-based track in family planning where, by working with the OB/GYN and Family Medicine faculty, I learned how to counsel patients around long-acting reversible contraception and actually place IUDs for my patients in Internal Medicine. I am confident about my future as a clinician-educator."
—Michelle Cleeves, Program Graduate
Clinical Educator, University of Colorado
All PC/SM residents are expected to complete an independent primary care or community medicine project during the course of residency training. The aim of the project is to develop basic research skills by investigating an area of interest in healthcare, healthcare delivery, and/or community advocacy.
Our program uniquely supports residents as they pursue their research interests by providing them with both ample time and faculty support to develop projects. Dedicated "project time" has been allocated for the design and completion of the project during the three years of training. Residents are expected to periodically present their evolving work to their colleagues and program faculty. Nearly all resident projects are presented at regional/national meetings (i.e. Society for General Internal Medicine) and/or published.
All projects are closely mentored by a faculty member, allowing residents to develop individual longitudinal relationships with a mentor of their choosing. In addition, a second faculty member serves as a group “process mentor” to assist with brainstorming project ideas, obtaining a primary mentor and committing to a timeline. Mentors are drawn from core PC/SM faculty and from other clinician-investigators in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Family and Social Medicine, and the larger Einstein community. Close ties between our program and the Division of General Internal Medicine allow residents easy access to and collaboration with clinician-investigator faculty for project mentorship. Faculty members in the Department of Family and Social Medicine participate in a wide breadth of research and community advocacy work, and regularly work with our trainees as project mentors. This unique interdepartmental collaboration is a great strength of our program, and one that has led to the success of many innovative house staff projects.