Education & Training

The Department is committed to fostering the development of future health professionals by creating engaging opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing healthcare careers.

Clerkship and Electives

Education and clinical care are both major components of our Department. We are proud to offer various opportunities for Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as well as visiting domestic and international medical students at the Institute for Family Health’s practice sites in New York City and the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Institute provides high-quality, patient-centered health care for diverse populations on a family practice model, and rotations at all sites provide valuable experience in family medicine, working with accomplished practitioners, innovative practices, and advanced technology. The Institute welcomes medical students interested in gaining first-hand experience providing primary care in medically underserved communities.

Clerkship for Mount Sinai Medical Students

The Institute for Family Health has Ambulatory Care clerkships at several Manhattan sites. Geared to third-year students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, these rotations provide experience in outpatient family medicine. Currently, sites include the Family Health Center of Harlem, the Institute for Family Health at 17th St., the Amsterdam Family Health Center in Manhattan, and the Walton and Stevenson Family Health Centers in the Bronx.

If you are a Mount Sinai medical student interested in rotating with the Institute during your third year, you can request to have the Institute be your assigned site during the third-year lottery.

For further details, contact Jennifer Reyes

Electives

The Department offers electives that provide core training in family medicine. If you are interested in an elective, please contact the family medicine department coordinator, Autumn Henry, at autumn.henry@mssm.edu for more information.

The Comprehensive Family Medicine Elective is designed for the medical student to gain more experience in family medicine, in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. The student will spend 2 weeks on our family medicine inpatient unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. The other 2 weeks are spent at the Institute for Family Health’s clinical sites, mainly split between the Family Health Center of Harlem and the Institute’s 17th St site. We serve a diverse population, offering reproductive care services, integrative medicine services, HIV care, and prenatal care. Medical students are asked to participate on the inpatient team in presenting patients, managing common pathology, and interacting with specialists, families, and colleagues. On the outpatient side, there is opportunity to see patients independently, as well as observe outpatient procedures including biopsies, IUD placements, and joint injections. Students are expected to present patients to their preceptors, both in the outpatient and inpatient contexts. Students will be precepted by the faculty of the Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine and the Institute for Family Health’s Harlem Residency in Family Medicine. The elective is designed for medical students to demonstrate some level of competency in family medicine principles, as well as gain an understanding of the culture and resources of the two family medicine residency programs they will work with.

The purpose of this elective is to provide students with exposure to abortion care in a family medicine practice where abortion care is integrated or mainstreamed into the day to day family medicine setting. They will also observe proactive contraception prescribing in order to prevent unintended pregnancies, including IUD and implant insertions. The students on this rotation will observe first trimester abortion services and contraceptive procedures, as well as many other family medicine procedures, all in the family medicine center. The students will learn to counsel women on options for unintended pregnancy, to provide medication abortions, and to do follow-up visits. They will also provide contraceptive counseling, observe IUD and implant insertions, and minor gynecological procedures such as endometrial biopsy, diaphragm and pessary fitting, wart treatments, bartholin cyst drainage, etc. They will also see first trimester ultrasounds and may observe vasectomy counseling and procedures. Since these are general procedure sessions, where other residents on dermatology and ambulatory surgery rotations are present doing procedures as well, the reproductive health procedures are integrated into the general family medicine procedural template. An additional list of readings is provided, and the text used is "Procedures in Primary Care." The students will also participate in the Saturday IUD training session. The student may also see patients under the supervision of the Reproductive Health Fellow. Some general family medicine sessions will be included in the elective, during times when there are no procedure sessions, and a project is often available that is coordinated with an ongoing resident or fellow research project.

The Institute for Family Health offers mixed outpatient and inpatient family medicine rotations for third- and fourth-year medical students in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Sites include the Institute for Family Health's federally qualified health centers in Ellenville, Kingston, New Paltz, Hyde Park, and Port Ewen, providing both urban and rural experiences.

 

Training Sites

The training site locations in the Mid-Hudson Valley New York for clerkships and electives are:

Kingston Family Health Center
1 Family Practice Drive
Kingston, NY 12401

Ellenville Family Health Center
6 Healthy Way
Ellenville, 12428

New Paltz Family Health Center
279 Main Street, Suite 102
New Paltz, NY 12561

Family Practice Center of Hyde Park
11 Crum Elbow Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Family Practice Center of Port Ewen
213 Broadway
P.O. Box 628
Port Ewen, NY 12466

Family Medicine Residency Programs

We operate three family medicine residency programs in affiliation with the Institute for Family Health. As a family medicine resident, you’ll come face-to-face with the challenges facing the U.S. health care system—and learn just how much outstanding primary care physicians can do to fix them.

From the diverse patients we serve to our faculty’s commitment to social justice and health equity to our cutting-edge approach to primary care service delivery, our program offers the experience you need to heal people, strengthen communities, and ensure that health care serves the most vulnerable people in New York and beyond.

The mission of the Institute for Family Health is to improve access to high quality, patient-centered primary health care targeted to the needs of medically underserved communities. In support of its mission, the Institute’s residency programs train family physicians to provide outstanding family medical care in diverse communities.

Harlem Residency in Family Medicine

Sponsored by the Institute for Family Health in affiliation with the Mount Sinai Health System, this residency program educates family physicians in providing longitudinal, preventive, comprehensive, and accessible family-centered care to underserved, medically complex patients.

Learn more about the Harlem Residency in Family Medicine

Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program

The Institute’s Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program has been a leader in community-oriented primary care training since 1979. The program is proud of its strong connection to the community and the number of our graduates who remain committed to serving underserved communities throughout their careers.

Learn more about the Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program

Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine

This residency offers an innovative training program for those who want to make a difference for America’s most medically underserved individuals.

Learn more about the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine

Fellowships in Family Medicine

In partnership with the Institute for Family Health, the Department is proud to offer the following fellowships for family physicians: