Seven 2-week primary care blocks
DGM internship is focused on providing a firm grounding in clinical practice through a foundational curriculum and through ample time in continuity clinic. Each block also contains protected time to cultivate mentoring relationships and to explore extra-clinical areas of interest. Interns meet with their Program Director multiple times over the course of the year for additional mentoring and guidance.
Eight 2-week primary care blocks, plus 2-4 weeks of elective
The clinical curriculum for junior residents emphasizes case-based teaching of more advanced clinical topics in primary care and evidence-based practice. Junior residents are given protected time to begin work on their longitudinal projects. To underscore the program’s commitment to professional development, all primary care junior residents travel to the Society of General Medicine Annual Meeting. Many of our DGM residents have presented their work at this national meeting. Many junior residents elect a second continuity clinic at a different primary care site, or in a sub-specialty area of interest.
Five 2-week primary care blocks, plus 10-12 weeks of research/elective
As many of our graduates seek primary care jobs immediately after graduation, we dedicate time to professional development in the senior year with a curriculum focused on preparing residents for independent practice and professional skills including CVs, public speaking and job negotiations. Senior residents have ample time to complete their projects and explore how to make their projects sustainable.
We strongly emphasize teaching skills among our residents, helping them to hone their skills as educators regardless of their own fields of interest. Many of our residents have served as tutors in Harvard Medical School courses and as chief residents at the West Roxbury VA Hospital and Faulkner Hospital during their senior year.
Our clinical curriculum follows a three-year progression, with each year’s content tailored to the developmental stage of the resident. The curriculum emphasizes both evidence-based medicine as well as the pragmatic approach to clinical problems.
Each resident is provided time and mentorship to undertake a longitudinal project. The project can be any piece of work that fulfills the following objectives:
Residents’ projects have encompassed a wide range of domains, including medical education, community engagement, research, humanities, and QI. Many residents’ projects have become permanently integrated into the program’s formal curriculum. Examples of recent projects include:
Many of our residents have presented their projects as scholarly work at SGIM or other national conferences and receive mentorship and financial support to do so.
In 2018, residents in the DGM and HVMA/Atrius Health primary care programs, came together and identified community outreach and engagement as a core tenant in their training which could benefit from further education and hands-on experience.
Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center is a tennis club located in Dorchester. Sportsmen’s has been serving Boston’s inner city since 1961, as the first indoor non-profit tennis club built by and for the African American community. The Brigham and Women’s (BWH) Center for Community Wellness (CCW) was launched at Sportsmen’s in 2015. CCW’s mission is to advance resident health and chronic disease prevention in the underserved communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. At the CCW, Sportsmen’s now offers free multidisciplinary health & wellness programs to help community members to better understand and address the social determinants of health.
Through a joint longitudinal project, the primary care residents are working to develop a curriculum aimed at teaching the best practices of community engagement and to create a successful and sustainable relationship and learning opportunities with the CCW and the Dorchester community. In addition to these primary aims, our collective longitudinal project builds teamwork and fosters collaboration between the two primary care programs.
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