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

Year One (PGY-I)

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 PGY-1 year includes: 

  • General Medicine Wards/Night Team: 4.5 months
  • (MICU): 0.5 months
  • Cardiac Care Unit (CCU): 1 month
  • General Medicine (GM): 3.5 months
    • Medical Spanish: 1 month
    • Social Medicine Orientation: 1 month
    • Clinical Epidemiology: 1 month
    • Curriculum: 0.5 months
  • Emergency Department: 0.5 months
  • Vacation: 1 month

Year Two (PGY-II)

The PGY-II year resident's rotations include: 

  • General Medicine Wards/Night Team: 2.5 inpatient ward months
  • CCU: 1 month
  • MICU: 0.5 month
  • Neurology: 0.5 month
  • Subspecialty Elective: 1.5 months
  • General Medicine (GM) 1.5 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.
  • Vacation: 1 month

Year Two (PGY-III)

PGY-III (third year) resident's rotation include: 

  •  General Medicine Wards/Night Team: 2 months
  • Oncology: 0.5 months
  • Medical consultation service: 1 month
  • Geriatrics: 0.5 month
  • Subspecialty Elective: 1.5 months
  • Ambulatory: 4 months
    • Health Policy elective
    • Women's Health
    • 1 half-day in either Behavioral Medicine or Psychosocial issues encountered in clinic
    • Research
    • Concepts and Controversies in Screening
    • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Emergency Department: 0.5 months
  • Abroad experience in Uganda: 1 month
  • Vacation: 1 month

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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