Academic Fellowship

The Department of Family Medicine offers an academic fellowship program designed for those residents whose career goals include medical education and/or productive research careers. The fellowship is a combined program with the Section of General Internal Medicine at BU Medical Center.

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Program Goals

Prepare fellows for academic family medicine careers through:

  • Developing research skills
  • Acquiring teaching skills
  • Learning leadership and management skills


The Academic Family Medicine Research Fellowship takes place at the Boston University Medical School that is housed at the Boston University Medical Center; Boston HealthNet; and the Boston University School of Public Health. The Boston Medical Center is proudly the largest safety net in New England for quality healthcare for our most vulnerable citizens.

Dates and Orientation

The fellowship begins July 1st each year. This allows fellows to receive an intensive introduction to biostatistics and epidemiology during the summer BUSPH session. A full orientation schedule is organized for each fellow to familiarize the fellow with various activities within the fellowship and the department and with the research projects of faculty in the department, general internal medicine and the school of public health.

Stipend and Benefits

  1. Faculty appointment
  2. Stipend: $55,000 first year and $60,000 second year (for PGY4 & 5 level)
  3. Tuition, books and course supplies
  4. Conference and travel funds for three conferences annually
    1. 1NAPCRG (North American Primary Care Research Group) – November
    2. STFM (Society for Teachers in Family Medicine) – April
    3. NRSA (National Research Service Award Fellows conference) – June (Fellows can substitute an alternative research-oriented conference with faculty approval)
  5. Boston University faculty benefits package


  1. Department of Family Medicine “home” and office space
  2. Over 50 collegial Department faculty located in the Department, the faculty practice at the Ambulatory Care Center, and the community health centers
  3. Active networking with Internal Medicine and Pediatric fellows
  4. Laptop computer and electronic network providing access to full journal articles
  5. Current data entry and analysis software, including TeleForm, SAS and SPSS
  6. Access to academic resources through the Boston University Medical Center and the Boston University Schools and Departments
  7. Tremendous collaborative network in HealthNet, composed of the Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, 15 Community Health Centers.

Faculty Mentoring

After several weeks of meeting with faculty to discuss their research interests, the fellow chooses a primary Mentor from the Department of Family Medicine who will provide overall program and career guidance. The fellow will also choose one or more Research Advisors, specific to each study in which the fellow will participate, to assist him or her to develop the research question, design the study, conduct pilot work, conduct the study, analyze the collected data, write a paper for refereed publication, and write grants to support continued work and faculty development.


  • Research training in the School of Public Health, leading to an M.Sc. in Epidemiology or an M.Sc. in Health Services, with opportunity to continue on for Doctoral studies
  • Active involvement within a community of primary care fellows, clinician-scientists and investigators within the department, other primary care departments at Boston University Medical Center, and the School of Public Health
  • Mentoring, including active promotion of involvement in the national family medicine and primary care academic communities
  • Participation in the conduct of research within a network of local community health centers, the department’s own practice, and state, regional and international research networks
  • Involvement in the funded research of senior faculty toward the development of skills in interdisciplinary research collaboration and grants management

Fellowship Activities

  • Bimonthly department research seminar where fellows and senior faculty present ongoing research
  • Weekly academic seminar designed to promote research, presentations and publication of scholarly activities
  • Weekly two hour seminar designed to give fellows teaching skills
  • Assignment of each fellow to an academic career mentor and research advisers for individual projects
  • Family Medicine grand rounds
  • Family Medicine clinical session each week and involvement in department inpatient and obstetrics attending
  • Protected time for individual scholarly activity allowing for the preparation of research abstracts, presentations, grants and publications