Training Internists in Primary Care

For medical residents who are interested in a career in primary care, we offer the Primary Care Track, which provides exciting and innovative opportunities for clinical training in outpatient medicine. 

BIDMC Primary Care Residents and Dr. Kelly Graham (Pre-COVID)The innovative centerpiece of the primary care track is the ambulatory long block, which is a six-month intensive experience during the junior and senior years. Unique in its structure, residents spend six consecutive months in their junior year, and again in their senior year, working in outpatient primary care and subspecialty clinics. They become adept in general outpatient clinical practice and develop expertise in their specific areas of interest, from addiction treatment to hypertension management to the care of individuals with HIV. During long block, residents serve as an "innovation lab" within our practice, learning about quality improvement and spearheading meaningful improvements in care delivery that have lasting change within the faculty-resident practice where they see patients. All residents participate in the Social Justice Pathway, and they may pursue additional training and experiential learning in areas including geriatrics, medical education, research, health care leadership, and sexual and gender minority care. The primary care long block offers residents unparalleled flexibility to shape their training in accordance with their self-identified educational goals as well as clinical and academic interests.

Our primary care program, which is over 40 years old, was one of the first in the country. Over the past decade, we have graduated 120 primary care residents, many of whom have become leaders in clinical medicine, education, and research.

We definitely get a great diversity of patients, from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Current BIDMC Resident

Program Structure

Primary Care Track residents spend extended periods of time in ambulatory practice while still receiving rigorous training in inpatient medicine. They are responsible for providing primary care for their outpatients in collaboration with other team members. Primary Care Track residents also receive a supplementary curriculum, in addition to the standard internal medicine ambulatory curriculum, focusing on special issues unique to the field of primary care.

How To Apply

For information on how to apply, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

To learn more, please email Primary Care Program Director Dr. Kelly Graham or email Associate Primary Care Program Director Dr. Katherine Wrenn.