Clinical Programs: The department’s clinical programs provide a full range of clinical services to an extraordinarily diverse patient population from within Boston as well as the greater New England region. The clinical services have a distinguished history of providing care to vulnerable patient populations as well as tertiary care. Several of the department’s clinical programs (e.g., amyloid program, nutrition and weight management, scleroderma unit, vasculitis unit, pulmonary hypertension program, cardiomyopathy, and others) draw patients from throughout the world. The integration of the department’s compelling social mission with a rigorous academic tradition creates an especially rich environment for patient care, training, and discovery.
The department’s clinical programs have grown remarkably over the past three years. During the 2013-14 academic year, as an example, total ambulatory visits (290,979) increased by 3% while the number of new patient ambulatory visits decreased by 6%. The department’s faculty increased wRVU’s by 3% over the preceding year. The department’s clinical programs are a critical part of the success of Boston Medical Center in meeting the patient care needs of our community. Remarkably, the ambulatory clinics at Boston Medical Center have the largest visit volume of any of the academic medical centers in Boston and Boston Medical Center is one of the most rapidly growing hospitals in the city as measured by percent increase in discharges over the past 5 years.
Updated Sept 16