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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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,
following should be included in your application:
letter of interest: please describe your reason for wanting to rotate
through our program and what you would like to accomplish during your
- The Medical
Student Interest List .
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)
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.
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.
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.
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