Student Rotations in the Department of Family Medicine
Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Health
Sponsored by Continuum Health Partners, Inc. and
the Institute for Urban Family Health
New York , NY
Description: Medical students and residents who would like to do a rotation at our program or apply for residency are invited to apply to our program for month long rotations. Medical students are welcome to rotate on our family medicine inpatient service and in our family practice teaching center. We are proud to be the only provider of full scope family medicine and primary care in lower Manhattan, providing services for our patients as well as rich teaching opportunities for our residents and students. In addition to routine family practice, our scope of practice includes prenatal care, deliveries, abortions, complementary and alternative therapies (CAM), minor procedures, adolescent health care (at a high school-based health center), colposcopy, group prenatal care, osteopathic manipulations, HIV/AIDS, health care for the homeless, inpatient services, etc. All of our programs focus on caring for the diverse communities of New York City, particularly those which are medically underserved.
Overall: The rotation is 4 weeks long, with 2 weeks on the inpatient service, and 2 weeks in the outpatient center. Below is further description of the rotation components.
Inpatient Service: On the inpatient service, rotating students work as an integral part of the health care team caring for patients under the guidance of senior residents and attending physicians. Students will gain exposure to the care of adult patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and coronary artery disease, inpatient care of HIV/AIDS, and care of underserved populations. Students will contribute to the care of children, postpartum patients and newborns. Our inpatient service is distinct in the variety of patients we serve, in terms of medical diagnosis, socioeconomic status, and cultural diversity.
All rotating medical students will receive a call schedule from the Chief Resident. While rotating on the inpatient service students will be on call one weekend day and 1 day weekly (no overnight call).
Outpatient: At the family practice teaching centers, medical students will work in conjunction with residents and attendings to provide primary care to ambulatory clinic patients. We care for adults, children, women, and pregnant patients. Students will primarily work with various providers at Phillips Family Practice, the ambulatory teaching center for our department. In addition, students may rotate through our women’s health clinic, procedure clinic, and homeless sites. All of this patient care occurs in lower Manhattan. Clinical times may include some evening sessions with “payback” during daytime hours.
Obstetrics in Family Medicine: Students have the opportunity to participate in deliveries supervised by family medicine attendings with advanced skills in obstetrics and family medicine residents. Students may also participate in post-partum care in the outpatient and inpatient settings as described above. We are the only site in Manhattan offering group prenatal care and one of the few teaching sites in the nation teaching obstetrics in this model.
Due to the diversity of our offerings, it is useful to know the interests of individual students. A survey is attached to the application to assess each student’s goals for the rotation to allow us to have a better sense of the goals of each visiting student. All rotating medical students participate in Wednesday afternoon teaching conferences and weekly Grand Rounds. There also is a weekly medical student lecture on Thursday afternoon.
Application Process: We are very excited about the number of medical students interested in rotating at our program. Due to the significant amount of interest we are not able to accommodate all applicants.
Medical students who would like to rotate at our program can apply within 12 months of the start date of the rotation period. Acceptances are rolling, so the sooner the application is received, the more likely the student will be able to rotate at their chosen time. Given planning time, we ask that applications be received 3 months prior to the rotation start date. Completed applications should be sent to Ms. Marvia Alston, Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, Beth Israel Medical Center. Phone 212-420-2058, fax 212-420-4615, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following should be included in your application:
- A completed Application and Clinical Placement Agreement.
- A letter of interest: please describe your reason for wanting to rotate through our program and what you would like to accomplish during your time here.
- A resume.
- The Medical Student Interest List .
- Health information as outlined on the clinical placement agreement (specifically, immunity for rubella, measles and varicella, ppd results within the past year and appropriate follow up if positive)
If accepted, you will need to ensure that there is a Clinical Placement Agreement (which may be downloaded from this site) between your medical school and our institution (The Institute for Family Health). Ms. Alston will insure there is a similar agreement between Beth Israel Medical Center and your home school.
The Clinical Placement Agreement must be returned prior to the start of your rotation – please send it to Ms. Sophia Small-Warner in the Department of Family Medicine. Phone 212-206-5215, fax 212-206-5251, email@example.com . All clinical placement agreements must be received prior to the start of your rotation or your rotation will need to be cancelled.
Selection Process: Priority will be give to those students documenting an interest in Family Medicine as well as those who demonstrate a commitment to our department’s values or interest in the unique training opportunities we offer (which often cannot be obtained at a student’s home institution). We value diversity and encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. We accept up to 2-3 visiting medical students per period.
Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Marvia Alston. They will be reviewed by Dr. Victor Sta. Ana, Coordinator of Medical Student Rotations for the Department of Family Medicine. Response will be given within 2 weeks after submission of an application. Questions regarding this process can be directed to Ms. Marvia Alston (contact information above) or Dr. Victor Sta. Ana, phone 212-206-5253, fax 212-206-5251, VSta.Ana@institute2000.org. Thank you for your interest in our department.