Enhancing Professional Life

Community Medicine logo 2017 - official centeredEnhancing Academic Life

As part of provider academic enhancement, the CMU provides, promotes or sponsors several special academic and social events including: important annual academic functions, such as the annual Kathy Bennett Community Medicine Grand Rounds (fall), the Mark A. Moskowitz Memorial Lecture (winter/early spring), and the CMU Grand Round in Community Medicine (spring), as well as semi-annual BMC/BUMC Primary Care Training Program Dinners.

The CMU strives to create professional “home” for community-based internists by supporting and facilitating medical school appointments, the BMC/GIM Joint Hire Program, and access to BU Profiles (an online academic networking application).

The CMU also focuses on facilitating and enhancing professional learning. In addition to the events noted above, the CMU annually sponsors a SGIM National Conference Tuition scholarship for 1 or 2 community-based internists. CMU faculty are invited to present at GIM Grand Rounds 1 session per year. The CMU supports and assists with coordination of internists for Community-Based Medical Undergraduate & Graduate Education (JHP, PCTP at CHCs, BUSM-ICM). Community-based CMU faculty are invited to provide meaningful input and to work with Primary Care Training Program, assisting with expansion, monitoring, and improvement of community practice and health center opportunities for training of medical students, house officers, and fellows.

Enhancing Practice Life

The CMU supports faculty and Primary Care resident development through sponsored quarterly workshops (e.g. wellness, faculty development, NP supervision, etc.) and mentoring (Primary Care resident job counseling, GIM fellow job counseling, and professional mentoring resource for community-based faculty). The CMU has administered the BMC/GIM Joint Hire Program (JHP) which offerings specialized clinical teaching opportunities for the last for over 30 years.

The CMU supports community-based performance by participating in Boston Medical Center’s ongoing hospital credentialing process (Ongoing and Focused Professional Performance Evaluations (OPPE & FPPE). The CMU supports the medical leadership of community-based providers by assisting with CHC staff recruitment.

The CMU also supports the BU Clinical Translation Science Institute (CTSI) to promote community-based Research via community engagement, and by facilitating bi-directional communication and access to BUMC/BMC research activities.