An extensive array of both inpatient and outpatient electives are available during medical residency training to meet individual educational needs and career interests. Categorical and HIV Primary Care Track residents have electives paired with practice weeks, while Primary Care Track residents have most electives incorporated into their ambulatory long blocks. Geriatrics, neurology, and quality improvement (QI) are mandatory for all medical residents. Dermatology, endocrinology, and musculoskeletal medicine electives are mandatory for Primary Care Track and HIV Primary Care Track residents and encouraged for all others. In addition to the opportunities listed below, mixed electives (outpatient and inpatient) are available in all of the medical subspecialties.
Mandatory for All Medical Residents
A diverse experience in working with older patients in a variety of settings: BIDMC geriatrics clinic, hospitalized patients, local skilled nursing facilities, elder housing, and home care.
Sessions in outpatient and inpatient neurology focusing on general neurology, behavioral neurology, epilepsy, sleep medicine, and HIV neurology. Located at BIDMC or Jamaica Plain VA.
BIDMC has been a national leader in medical resident QI training. The Stoneman Center elective introduces residents to key concepts in QI and allows them the opportunity to participate in an ongoing QI project within the hospital firms or clinic. Primary Care Track residents have this experience incorporated into an ambulatory long block rotation.
Mandatory for Primary Care Track and HIV Primary Care Track Residents
General dermatology sessions at BIDMC.
Includes outpatient general endocrinology and diabetes mellitus session at BIDMC and at Joslin Diabetes Center, along with time on inpatient endocrine consult service.
Includes orthopedics, rheumatology, and physical and occupational therapy.
Examples of Other Ambulatory Electives
At Children's Hospital adolescent medicine practice; available for residents who are strongly considering a career in adolescent medicine.
Allergy and ENT
At BIDMC and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary; common ENT and allergy issues.
Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine
At Dimock Community Health Center; general counseling services, addiction medicine, and eating disorders.
Sessions at local colleges in the Boston area; women's health, preventive medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, and patient education.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
At the Integrative Medicine Center in Healthcare Associates (HCA); includes acupuncture, massage therapy, tai-chi, and other integrative treatment modalities.
Healthcare for the Homeless Program
Experiences in homeless shelters, outpatient clinics, women's homeless program, and respite care.
At BIDMC; includes HIV, general outpatient ID, and travel medicine.
At Cambridge Health Alliance; includes occupational illness, disability medicine, and toxicology.
At BIDMC, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Joslin Diabetes Center; includes common ocular problems and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases.
In-depth exposure to contraception and women's health.
Private Practice(Affiliated Physicians Group)
Sample a variety of practices around the area to see different sites and care delivery systems.
At Boston Medical Center tuberculosis clinic; includes experience in infectious disease clinics, Department of Public Health, and independent project work under the guidance of the elective director.
At BIDMC and Joslin Diabetes Center; includes a variety of chronic renal problems.
Teaching of interns and medical students in didactic sessions with feedback; also includes opportunity to do apprentice outpatient precepting.
At BIDMC; includes general urology, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.
At BIDMC and affiliated clinics; includes sessions in HCA women's health practice and gynecology and breast clinics.