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Ambulatory Electives


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.  

Quality Improvement

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.

Musculoskeletal Medicine 

Includes orthopedics, rheumatology, and physical and occupational therapy.


Examples of Other Ambulatory Electives

Adolescent Medicine

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.

College Health

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.  

Infectious Diseases

At BIDMC; includes HIV, general outpatient ID, and travel medicine.

Occupational 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 family planning and women's health

Planned Parenthood

In-depth exposure to contraception and women's health.


At BIDMC includes management of diabetic neuropathy and other common foot problems

Private Practice(Affiliated Physicians Group)

Sample a variety of practices around the area to see different sites and care delivery systems.

Public Health

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.


At BIDMC; includes general urology, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.

Contact Information

Residency Training Program
Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Deaconess Building, Suite 306
One Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215