Primary Care & Social Internal Medicine Residency

Primary Care and Social Internal 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

The Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine program is structured in a 6+2 block schedule during the intern year and a 4+2 block schedule during the PGY2 and PGY3 years. Each week during an outpatient medicine curricular block consist of the following: 

  • 4-5 half-day sessions per week are spent providing primary care
  • 2 half-day curricular sessions (didactics, journal clubs, etc.)
  • 1 half -day Behavioral/Psychosocial curriculum
  • 2 half-day of protected time for projects and administrative work
  • 2-3 pre-clinical ambulatory morning report
  • 1 half-day of community medicine (homeless health, methadone clinic, correctional health, palliative care, etc.)

Additionally during the PGY2 and PGY3 years, residents will participate in specialty primary clinics focusing on immigrant health, contraception, refugee advocacy and transitions care for patients recently released from jail or prison. 

Year One (PGY1)

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


The PGY1 year includes: 
  • General Medicine Wards: 4.5 months
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU): 1 month
  • Cardiac Care Unit (CCU): 1 month
  • Emergency Department: 0.5 month
  • Subspecialty Elective: 0.5 month
  • Outpatient Medicine: 3.5 months
    • Medical Spanish: 1 month
    • Social Medicine: 1 month
    • Clinical Epidemiology: 1 month
    • Primary Care Practice: 0.5 month
    • Emergency Department: 0.5 month
     
  • Vacation: 1 month

Year Two (PGY2)

The PGY2 year includes: 

  • General Medicine Wards: 2.5 months 
  • CCU: 1 month
  • MICU: 0.5 month
  • Neurology: 0.5 month
  • Subspecialty Elective: 1.5 months
    • Outpatient Medicine: 5 months
    • Liberation Medicine: 1 month
    • Global Health: 1 month
    • Clinical Reasoning: 0.5 month
    • Diabetes Management: 0.5 months
    • Hypertension Management: 0.5 month
    • HIV and Hepatitis C: 0.5 month
    • Women’s Health and Primary Care: 0.5 month
    • Advanced Primary Care and Panel Management: 0.5 month
     
  • Vacation: 1 month

Year Three (PGY3)

The PGY3 year includes: 

  • General Medicine Wards: 2 months 
  • Oncology: 0.5 month
  • Medical consultation service: 1 month
  • Geriatrics: 0.5 month
  • Subspecialty Elective: 1.5 month
  • Outpatient Medicine: 4 months
    • Health Policy
    • Advanced Women's Health
    • Research
    • Concepts and Controversies in Screening
    • Advanced Epidemiology
     
  • Emergency Department: 0.5 month
  • Uganda: 1 month
  • Vacation: 1 month
 
 
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