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Primary Care Program

Challenging, But So Rewarding

A "continuous healing relationship with their patients"
is one reason Primary Care residents here at Baystate
are passionate about their chosen work.

They talk about why they choose primary care
in Healthcare News.

Our innovative, award-winning 3-year Primary Care program trains residents through a careful balance of supervision and autonomy to become leaders in primary care—providing effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care to adult populations in any setting.

The Primary Care program runs concurrently with the Categorical program. As a primary care resident, you'll do much more than spend increased ambulatory time in the residency clinic. You will maximize your ambulatory learning through individualized continuity subspecialty electives, second primary care sites, community projects and quarterly mentorship dinners.

These subspecialty experiences are contained within each ambulatory rotation with electives running longitudinally through the year. Formative experiences on the hospital wards, critical care units, and emergency department also help you develop the diverse skills needed to be an accomplished internist.

> How to apply to the Internal Medicine Residency's Primary Care program.

Rotation Schedule

"I couldn't be happier that I chose the PC program at Baystate."

"I love the focus on making our curriculum what we want it to be (our sub-specialties in particular) and how everyone in the PC program helps us achieve our goals. It's such a great group of people ..."

-PGY2 Primary Care resident

During the first 6 months of intern year, primary care residents have the same core rotations as their categorical colleagues.

In January of the intern year, primary care residents begin an innovative set of experiences; ambulatory longitudinal subspecialty electives and community projects. Rather than month long subspecialty electives as occurs in a traditional residency program, our primary care residents participate in year-long longitudinal  electives. .  Alternating 2-week ambulatory and inpatient experiences help to maximize continuity and eliminate competing priorities. Through our Learner-Manager-Teacher Model, residents progress from a high degree of supervision to an increasing amount of autonomy.

PG1: Learner Year

Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Curricululm PG1

PG2: Manager Year

Internal Mediicne Residency Primary Care Curriculum PG2

PG3: Teacher Year

Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Curriculum PG3

Testimonials from Primary Care Residents

"Because the program is small, we are able to intimately interact with our program directors and we substantially benefit from their mentorship. They are very receptive to our input and are always working to make our residency experience better and more personalized to our individual goals. We each entered into the primary care program with unique perspectives and experiences and it is wonderful how much this program works to make each of us get the most out of our residency experience."

"Everyone says that residency is such a grueling and exhausting time in a doctor's life. Certainly, there are days that I struggle. But being a part of the Primary Care program, and of the greater Baystate community, has far exceeded my expectations. I cannot imagine a better fit for me."

"I love the focus on making our curriculum what we want it to be (our sub-specialties in particular) and how everyone in the PC program helps us achieve our goals. It's such a great group of people ... I couldn't be happier that I chose the PC program at Baystate."

"The PC track has many elements that make it an attractive program. Unified EMR, strong communication with staff electronically, experienced faculty, a culture of teaching, supportive colleagues and a challenging patient population with multiple conditions and psychosocial factors that make this setting, a perfect training program for becoming a well-rounded primary care physician."