General Description and History
In 1980, Boston University’s Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) began offering a high-quality program for training primary care internist academicians, and in 1998, the program was extended to include the training of future family physician academicians, following the establishment of a new Department of Family Medicine (FM) at Boston University that year.. From the outset, the GIM Fellowship Program has emphasized training in research and educational techniques with trainees devoting 80% time to these activities. All fellows enroll in a master’s degree program at the Boston University School of Public Health to provide the tools and perspective necessary for a successful academic career.
Since the start of the program, nearly 90% of graduates have entered careers as GIM or FM faculty and over 80% are faculty in the nation’s medical schools with the remaining holding high level research or administrative positions in health care, public health or government. The program owes much of its success to the mentoring relationships of each fellow and a senior faculty mentor who have strong professional track records of success as academicians and as fellow mentors.
BUMC the institution
Boston Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital of Boston University School of Medicine and the home institution for the fellowship as well as the primary clinical and administrative site for many of the fellows. Click here to learn more about the institution.
The Veterans Administration VA Boston Healthcare System and Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford (Bedford VA)
The fellowship program has strong ties with both the Boston and the Bedford VA hospitals. The Boston or Bedford locations all are sites where fellows may participate in clinical work as well as have numerous research opportunities, including working with MAVERIC.
Clinically, the Boston VA is comprised of the Outpatient Primary Care site at Jamaica Plain (JP), the Inpatient facility at West Roxbury (WROX), and outpatient and long-term care site at Brockton and six community-based clinics in the greater Boston area. The VABHCS serves over 50,000 patients with over 603,000 visits per year.
The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford (Bedford VA) is a 400 bed hospital that emphasizes geriatric and long-term care. Patients suffer from a high prevalence of alcoholism, substance abuse and psychiatric disease. The hospital hosts the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research (CHQOER), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence. CHQOER, with its diverse faculty of over 25 investigators including health economists, medical sociologists, statisticians, and epidemiologists, serves as a major center for fellows to conduct supervised research. Fellows work on projects that take advantage of unique databases that allow the combining of diagnostic, functional, and pharmaceutical data on large numbers of VA users. Fellows also interact with other trainees funded through VA post-doctoral fellowships in health services research.
For additional information see the Department of Medicine website.
Affiliated divisions and departments
Fellows may be either trained in internal medicine or family medicine and the fellowship represents a collaboration between the Section of General Internal Medicine within the Department of Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. In addition many fellows participate simultaneously in the Preventive Medicine Residency Program.