Program Application

The Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care offers 2-year academic fellowships to prepare talented physicians for careers in academic medicine. Since the program began in 1979, we have trained over 200 fellows, who now work in prestigious institutions nationally and internationally. Any questions or inquiries can be directed to

Program Goals

  • To provide Fellows with a solid background in clinical research methods and statistical analysis through the completion of a Masters in Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health
  • To teach Fellows the essentials of performing research in general internal medicine through collaboration with faculty members. With the help of a mentor, Fellows will take one or more research ideas from conception to publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • To prepare Fellows to become confident teachers and public speakers. During our Program, each Fellow participates in conferences and retreats to enhance their teaching strategies and presentation skills. Fellows are expected to present their research at regional and national academic meetings.
  • To ensure that our graduates are prepared for successful careers as clinician-investigators. More than 90% of our graduates have received an academic appointment following their fellowships.

Why choose Harvard?

There are many benefits to choosing the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care.

1. Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate between the six different Harvard-affiliated medical institutions listed below. For more information about the programs at each site, please click on the name of the individual site.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Boston V.A. Health Care System 
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
The Cambridge Hospital 
Department of Population Medicine-HMS and Harvard Pilgrim HC 
Massachusetts General Hospital

2. The Program faculty includes outstanding mentors who are experienced in a variety of research areas.

3. Boston, Cambridge and the surrounding neighborhoods provide a plethora of diverse study populations including primary care clinics, community health centers and health maintenance organizations. Also, each site has access to numerous research databases. For more information, please visit our Research Program page. 

For more information regarding the fellowship, please visit the fellowship site here.