Primary Care & Social Internal Medicine Residency

Residency Scholarly and Advocacy Projects

"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/SIM residents are expected to complete scholarly 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 medical education, primary care delivery, social determinants of health, and/or community advocacy.

Residents receive close mentorship by Montefiore Einstein faculty. In addition to a primary research mentor, 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/SIM faculty and clinician-investigators in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and 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.

Past Projects

Community and Medical Center 

  • Community-based health needs assessment of Bangladeshi immigrants in the Bronx using health promoters
  • Improving food access in the South Bronx: A partnership with the South Bronx Food Co-Operative
  • Transitions clinic for recently released prisoners
  • Evaluation of the transition to the patient-centered medical home at Montefiore Medical Center
  • Rates of age-appropriate screening among new immigrants in an open-access clinic at a federally-qualified health center
  • A Place at the Table: Community member’s experiences and expectations for academic-community partnerships in HIV/AIDS research
  • Differences in access to health care among lesbian, gay and bisexual populations in New York City
  • Health literacy and usability of patient education documents
  • Attitudes of health care providers towards screening for alcohol misuse in the primary care setting
  • Barriers to telephone quitline utilization among methadone maintained smokers
  • High HCV cure rates for people who use drugs treated at an urban primary care clinic
  • Not a problem in my community: Imams' perspectives on addressing substance abuse
  • Implementation of an opioid overdose prevention program with Naloxone distribution in a primary care clinic in the South Bronx

Global Health 

  • An assessment of the use of traditional botanical medicine in pregnant women in Rwanda
  • The effectiveness of a mobile cervical cancer screening program in India “Malnutrition Modulated Diabetes Mellitus” in India
  • Developing primary care responses to poverty for internal medicine residents and global health fellows


  • Development and evaluation of a motivational obesity counseling curriculum for internal medicine residents
  • Development and evaluation of a reflective practice seminar
  • Expanding reproductive health education and experience for Internal Medicine Residents
  • Narrative Medicine: Some thoughts about Scut work


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