Letter from the Director


Dear Prospective Family Medicine Resident:

We are excited and proud to offer you the opportunity to explore the Boston University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program! Established in 1998, our residency program is steeped in both medical history and cutting edge technological innovation, and will prepare you well for the challenges of the health care system of the future.

Your training will utilize the impressive learning opportunities that are present throughout the Boston University Medical Center. Boston University Medical Center is composed of the Boston University Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Dental Medicine, Boston Medical Center and the Boston HealthNet, a partnership of 15 community health centers located in neighborhoods throughout Boston. Together, these resources offer an outstanding clinical training environment for family medicine residents. We have chosen those learning experiences that best prepare our graduates to be specialists in providing community-based and family-centered care across the age spectrum. As a member of our residency team, you will train and provide care in efficient office practices, with multi-disciplinary teams, and in settings that focus on patient-centered approaches to healthcare delivery. Your training will occur in many environments: the hospital, delivery room, athletic field, nursing home, school, on the job, and in the home.

Much of your training will occur in the program’s Family Medicine Centers, based in Community Health Centers. Codman Square Health Center, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and South Boston Community Health Center, three beautifully renovated facilities located in the heart of Boston’s commnities just a short distance from BMC, are the sites of our state of the art residency practices. This community-based training allows us to move out of the “ivory tower,” and to provide clinical services that meet the needs of the people of Boston. From the first day of residency, each resident is assigned a panel of patients for whom they provide medical care over three years. At all sites, residents “rub elbows” with faculty everyday in an environment where we learn together and model lifelong learning.

Together with the HealthNet centers, we have set up a Family Medicine Inpatient Service where Family Medicine faculty and community health center physicians care for hospitalized patients. Family physicians have the opportunity to apply for privileges from an expansive privilege package that is approved by the Chairman of Family Medicine. Our faculty of over 70 board-certified family physicians includes 16 who provide obstetrics care, 6 with cesarean section privileges. Residents will learn obstetric skills from family physicians who provide labor and delivery coverage 24 hours per day.

We have a large Sports Medicine Program, including fellowship program, and our residents participate in live game coverage for local high schools and colleges. We are proud of our nationally recognized Global Health Program, in particular the program we started in Lesotho, a small county in the midst of Southern Africa, to train and retain medical doctors. Several of our residents have spent time in this beautiful, but impoverished country. We have a growing Geriatrics Program and all residents follow patients in our Nursing Home Practice. Our Complimentary Alternative Health Program offers different model of care which greatly benefits a wide variety of patients with a myriad of medical and social problems. Residents here are exposed to all aspects of family medicine from a diverse and talented faculty who enjoy teaching and sharing their knowledge.

Family Medicine in Boston has arrived and become firmly established. We appreciate the tremendous support we have received and are proud to be part of the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center communities. We aim to continue building on the historical commitment to the care of the medically underserved people of Boston that has been the mission of there institutions for over 150 years. We are pleased to have added to this legacy a new commitment to comprehensive and personalized primary care within the context of family and community. As Boston moves into the new millennium, this type of care is needed more than ever. We look forward to your joining us.

Katherine Gergen Barnett, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Residency Director