Residency Program in Social Medicine

History: “Founded in 1970 to train physicians to practice in community health centers and underserved areas, the Residency Program in Social Medicine (RPSM) of Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, has graduated 562 board-eligible family physicians, general internists, and pediatricians whose careers fulfill this mission. The RPSM was a model for federal funding for primary care residency programs and has received Title VII grants during most of its history. The RPSM has tailored its mission and structured its curriculum to promote a community and population orientation and to provide the requisite knowledge and skills for integrating social medicine into clinical practice.” From a 2008 article in Academic Medicine entitled: The Residency Program in Social Medicine of Montefiore Medical Center: 37 Years of Mission-Driven, Interdisciplinary Training in Primary Care, Population Health, and Social Medicine.

  • Social Medicine Curriculum: For a general roadmap to the three year social medicine curriculum at the RPSM, click on this Word Document.
    • Orientation Month is one of the core courses in the Social Medicine Month. For an article about the use of maps in the 2006 Orientation, follow this link to an edition Public Health Reports and the article: Using Google Earth as an Innovative Tool for Community Mapping or read our posting (with beautiful images of the Bronx).
    • Social Medicine Rounds: These rounds are held twice a month and cover topics as diverse as hospital mergers and the health impact of war. Rounds occasionally occur outside of the hospital: in a Buddhist Temple, riding the “toxic bus tour” or visiting a community center. The schedule is available at this link. Postings about these rounds can also be found at this link.
  • Social Medicine Projects: Residents in the Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine are required to produce a social medicine project in the course of their 3 year residency. These projects can involve community service, advocacy or research (and often a combination of all three). These projects are presented to the Department in the last Social Medicine Rounds before graduation in June.
    • To read abstracts of the Social Medicine Projects, click on the link for the following years: 2008, 2009, 2010.
    • For a list of recent publications derived from resident social medicine projects, click on this link.
  • Medical Spanish (usually offered in August to interns)
  • Training Sites
    • Comprehensive Health Care Center (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics)
    • Williamsbridge Family Practice (Family Medicine)
    • Family Health Center (Family Medicine)
  • Bibliography: See our listing of articles about the RPSM and its work.
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