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General Medicine and Primary Care

Medical Education Programs

The Division of General Medicine's faculty teach at all levels throughout Harvard Medical School, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and beyond. Faculty members lead HMS preclinical courses and required clinical clerkships, offer a renowned primary care internal medicine training program, provide ambulatory training for over 140 Beth Israel Deaconess medicine residents, and take the lead at several of the country's most-attended Continuing Medical Education courses.

Harvard Medical Student Education

The Division of General Medicine and Primary Care is fortunate to have the opportunity to teach students from Harvard Medical School. HMS students bring to our learning community a high level of excellence expressed in a rich diversity of accomplishments, talents, interests, and backgrounds. The medical school students are eager to work with the Division faculty who are well known for emphasizing clinical decision making, the patient-doctor relationship, the social context of health care, communication skills, and professionalism in their teaching encounters.

Learn more about Medical Student Education in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care

Post Graduate Educational Programs

The goal of internal medicine residency education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is to develop each resident's judgment and skills to provide the highest quality medical care. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at BIDMC emphasizes quality ambulatory care experiences for all residents.

Learn More about Postgraduate Educational Programs in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care

Fellowship Training

The Division of General Medicine participates in two Fellowship training programs: The Harvard Medical School Faculty Development and Fellowship Program in General Internal Medicine (see link below), and the Harvard Medical School Integrative Medicine Research Fellowship Program.

Learn more about the General Medicine Fellowship and Integrative Medicine Fellowship.

Regional, National and International Educational Activities and Presentations

Division faculty members are often called upon to share their knowledge, experiences, and insights at regional, national and international medical conferences. At the local level, the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School frequently requests Division clinicians to lead faculty development seminars attended by staff from all HMS-affiliated institutions.

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, Division faculty have directed and taught in the HMS continuing medical education course in primary care, "Primary Care Internal Medicine: Principles and Practice." In addition, Division faculty members are frequent speakers at the nationally recognized continuing medical education program, the Pri-Med Conference, co-directed annually by the Division's associate chief. The conference, which is sponsored by Harvard Medical School, provides valuable insight to clinicians on current primary care research, best practices and technology.

Many faculty present their work at the national meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and several faculty hold key leadership roles within the Society. Division faculty present frequently at other professional meetings including the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Informatics Association.

Division members are also asked to participate in international health initiatives and international medical conferences. For example, after having established the AIDS Collaborative Project in 2000, an initiative aimed at promoting collaboration between HIV providers in the Harvard Medical community with health professionals working in resource poor-areas in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr Joyce Sackey designed an intensive, clinical fellowship for doctors who wished to develop skills in caring for people with HIV/AIDS in resource poor settings.

Hospitalist Education Program

The BIDMC Hospitalists hold major roles in the education of the medical house staff and HMS students, who use BIDMC as one of their major teaching hospitals.

Teaching Awards and Honors

The Division of General Medicine faculty are frequent recipients of teaching awards and honors recognizing their extraordinary contributions to the fields of primary care medicine and medical education.

Contact Information

General Medicine and Primary Care
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215