Immigrant and Refugee Health Track

We aim to train highly motivated primary care physicians to serve as public health practitioners, clinicians, advocates, and researchers prepared to innovate responses to social determinants of health needs, low health literacy, and health disparities among immigrant and refugee populations.

Our program will allow trainees to develop a transferrable skillset while providing a nuanced understanding of the intersectional ways that immigration status, nativity, and immigrant-identity interact with other SDOH arenas, such as access to safe housing, experiences of discrimination and violence, and economic opportunities. We will focus the didactic and experiential learning opportunities within our program around topics related to immigrant and refugee health within the Massachusetts FQHC and safety-net populations. The pipeline of preventive medicine physicians who we train will emerge from our program with the skills needed to lead population health programs in FQHCs, study the impact of these programs on health outcomes, and inform policy and best practices for addressing disparities and delivering person-centered equitable care.

The BMC Preventive Medicine Residency aims to train a pipeline of physicians in public health and general preventive medicine with a focus on immigrant and refugee health outcomes in medically underserved communities. Trainees will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate clinical service delivery with leadership, advocacy and community prevention. By the end of this 2-year program, trainees will be prepared to lead immigrant and refugee serving organizations (such as community health centers), study immigrant health outcomes and inform and advocate for policies and practices for addressing health disparities through. During the program, trainees will earn an MS at the Boston University School of Public Health. Trainees who enter the program with a masters degree will have the opportunity to take courses to enhance their skills.

To be eligible for our program, applicants will have completed an ACGME accredited residency prior to starting and are board-eligible or or board-certified in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics. The program will be accepting applicants through ERAS and participating in the Standardized Acceptance Process (SAP) administered by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). More information regarding the SAP and the SAP schedule can be found here. If you have any questions please contact us.