About 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 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 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, and sleep medicine. 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.