Take advantage of our training pathways to focus your internal medicine residency on your interests and career goals.
While you’ll get the most benefit if you indicate a preference when you join our program, you can request to join a pathway at any time. This flexibility gives you the option to change focus and meet your evolving needs if you discover a new interest during the course of your residency.
All pathways are part of our categorical program. No matter which you choose, you’ll qualify for the same American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certification exam and complete our residency program with the same credentials.
Primary Care Pathway
If your goal is to become a primary care provider (PCP), you’ll benefit from the special training experiences available through our primary care pathway. In this pathway, you’ll:
- Carve out additional time to dedicate to primary care (one month during your first year; two months during your second year; and one month during your third year)
- Experience rotations unique to this pathway, including dermatology, spine center, urgent care clinic, housecalls, and other ambulatory specialty clinics
- You will have the opportunity to select an academic primary care mentor who you will work within your junior and senior years during primary care rotations, to help you as you explore your career interests and to provide you with opportunities to observe additional primary care practice settings
- Attend weekly ambulatory conferences during your primary care rotations
- Interns and Senior Residents spend time each October at conferences dedicated to primary care—Harvard Medical School’s Primary Care Internal Medicine: Principles and Practice conference (six days).
- Participate in PCP@Harvard, the founding chapter of the Primary Care Progress network, which brings together trainees, educators and innovators spanning the Harvard primary care community
- Get involved in projects related to quality or innovation in health care delivery systems
Plus, you’ll get firsthand PCP experience in a patient-centered medical home through your continuity clinic assignment at the Mount Auburn Professional Services (MAPS) Primary Care Center.
Take advantage of our hospitalist pathway to get the training and experience to enter this quickly growing and popular field of medicine. Use your electives and scholarly project to deepen your knowledge of quality improvement and patient safety in hospitals. Pair with an experienced hospitalist mentor who can share his or her expertise and advice. And get the skills you need to pursue the type of hospitalist career you’re most interested in, whether that’s pure clinician, clinician-researcher, clinician-educator or clinician-administrator.
Get the experience and support you need to be a competitive candidate for subspecialty fellowship programs through our fellowship pathway. Spend your elective rotations working closely with attending physicians in your area of interest. Conduct meaningful, publishable research to strengthen your applications. And count on your mentors and advisors to provide guidance throughout the application process.