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: 

  • 4.5 months on inpatient wards
  • 1 month in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
  • 1 month in the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
  • 1 inpatient elective completing a rigorous inpatient experience
  • 3 months of ambulatory medicine rotations focused on medical Spanish, community health, and social medicine
  • 2 weeks in the Emergency Department
  • 1 month of vacation

Year Two (PGY-II)

PGY-II (second year) residents in PC/SM again participate in: 

  • 2.5 inpatient ward months
  • 1 month in the CCU
  • 2 weeks in the MICU
  • 2 weeks on the neurology and geriatrics services
  • 1 elective month
  • 5 General Medicine (GM) months:
    • 3 months are dedicated to Liberation Medicine, Global Health, and Clinical Reasoning
    • approximately 4-5 half day sessions per week are spent providing continuity care at CHCC
    • 1 half-day in either Behavioral Medicine or Psychosocial issues encountered in clinic
    • 1-2 half-days for "core curriculum" (i.e., didactics, journal clubs, etc.)
    • 1-2 weekly sessions for projects
    • 2-3 mornings per week rigorous ambulatory morning report
    • Residents will also take part in specialty clinics including human rights, immigrant health, and transitions care (clinic for recently incarcerated persons).
    • PC/SM residents also spend time at 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.
  • 1 month of vacation

Year Three (PGY-III)

The PGY-III year includes: 

  • 2 months on the inpatient service
  • 2 weeks on oncology
  • 1 month of medical consultation service
  • 2 inpatient electives
  • 4-5 ambulatory months
    • Health Policy
    • Women's Health
    • Research
    • Concepts and Controversies in Screening
    • Advanced Epidemiology
  • 2 weeks in the Emergency Department
  • 1 month of vacation

Residents also have the exciting opportunity to spend an elective month in Uganda as part of the PC/SM Global Health curriculum.

Contact Us

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

Shwetha V. Iyer, MD
Program Co-Director 

La Toya Miller
Program Assistant
718 920-2627 

Casey Browder
Program Manager 

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