Social medicine seeks to understand individual clinical problems in a social context and to improve health at multiple levels: clinical care, community outreach, research, and advocacy. Social medicine also means social activism. Consequently, the Residency Program in Social Medicine teaches a unique approach to what it means to be a clinician who is concerned with social change.
The Department of Family and Social Medicine oversees the social medicine curriculum for three residency tracks: the residency program in Family Medicine; the internal medicine residency track in Social Internal Medicine; and the pediatric residency track in Social Pediatrics. The social medicine program is based on a commitment to health care for all, and includes three-month curriculum in social medicine; Social Medicine Rounds; a dedicated social medicine project completed by each resident; an integrated, longitudinal behavioral health curriculum; and a residency partnership system in which incoming residents partner with a colleague to share ambulatory, inpatient, and program related responsibilities.
Since 1970, the Residency Program in Social Medicine has trained over 650 physicians, the majority of whom remain working in underserved communities.
The Residency in Family Medicine combines a core curriculum with opportunities to pursue individual interests and learning objectives.
Core curriculum prepares residents for certification by the American Board of Family Practice and includes 8-12 months of internal medicine, 4 months of pediatrics, 3 months of obstetrics and gynecology, and 4-5 months of surgery and surgical subspecialties. All family medicine residents also participate in the social medicine curriculum.
Electives may include further training in a wide variety of areas. With the resources of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical System, an elective can be created in almost any area of study. Examples include complementary therapies; reproductive health at Planned Parenthood; family systems; substance abuse; HIV care; palliative care; adolescent medicine; and international electives.
Tracks allow interested family medicine residents to pursue a special interest area by means of a structured curriculum and clinical experiences through the second and third years. Tracks are available in homeless health; HIV care; reproductive health; and maternity care.
Mary Duggan, MD
Residency Director, Family Medicine, Montefiore Medical Group
The program in Social Internal Medicine prepares general internists to provide care for underserved populations. Our graduates go on to pursue careers as leading primary care clinicians, medical educators, program administrators, researchers, and advocates.
Erin Goss, MD
Shwetha Iyer, MD
The Social Pediatrics program is a three-year residency training designed to train pediatricians with a special interest in advocacy, health policy, social justice, community and public health.
Sandra Braganza, MD
Behavioral health services are provided by our team of faculty psychologists through direct care and in collaboration with primary care physicians. Behavioral health services are integrated into the training of residents and of psychology fellows.
Tanya White-Davis, Psy.D.
Director, Behavioral Health, Montefiore Medical Group