An extensive array of outpatient electives is available during medical residency training to meet individual educational needs and career interests. Categorical and HIV Primary Care Track residents have electives during practice weeks, while Primary Care Track residents have most of their electives incorporated into the ambulatory long block. Geriatrics, neurology, and quality improvement (QI) are mandatory for all medical residents. Dermatology, endocrinology, and musculoskeletal medicine electives are mandatory for 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
At the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, local area nursing homes, elder housing, and with BI Extended Care, a well-established practice integrating geriatric and primary care.
Sessions in outpatient and inpatient neurology, focusing on general neurology, behavioral neurology, sleep medicine, and HIV neurology.
The Stoneman Center elective introduces residents to key concepts in quality improvement (QI) and allows them the opportunity to participate in an ongoing QI project within the hospital firms or clinics.
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, addictions, 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 Marino Center in Wellesley; includes acupuncture, massage therapy, and the use of herbal medicines
Healthcare for the Homeless Program
Experiences in shelters, outpatient clinics, a 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, 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.
Primary Care Reform Elective
Designed to introduce residents to core concepts in the patient-centered medical home and other new primary care delivery models. They visit sites that are highly innovative and meet with thought leaders both within and outside of the institution. With these experiences, they develop a project that will improve care delivery in HCA or another local health care site. Strongly encouraged for Primary Care Track residents.
Sample a variety of practices around the area to see different styles of practice and care delivery systems.
At Boston Medical Center tuberculosis clinic; includes experience in infectious disease clinics and independent project work under the guidance of elective director.
At BIDMC and Joslin Diabetes Center seeing patients with 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; includes sessions in HCA women's health practice, gynecology, and breast clinic.