In general, the mix of practicum activities is tailored to reflect the background of each GPM resident. The resident meets with the residency director at the start of the program to develop an educational plan and then bi-annually, to discuss goals and identify suitable sites and projects for achieving them. While still encouraging residents to identify an area of interest to pursue in depth, all residents entering the program are required to diversify their experience, devoting no less than 10 percent of the practicum experience to each of the core areas. The core areas are learned in a variety of settings at The Mount Sinai Health System and its affiliated institutions. Within the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine (DCPM) at Mount Sinai, activities are available in several of the divisions and units. In addition, residents are required to perform no less than 10 percent of their practicum activities at a community-based organization and to develop a community project.
Practicum activities are varied and reflect individual residents' clinical experiences and fields of interest. Not only are the faculty in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine available as preceptors, but the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Health Policy, Surgery, Geriatrics, Pathology, and Psychiatry have also mentored preventive medicine residents. Special relationships have been developed with the AIDS Center/AIDS Scholars Program, the Adolescent Health Center, the Mount Sinai School Health Program, The Diabetes Center of Excellence, and community-based organizations and the East Harlem Community Health Committee, among others. The practicum placement is designed collaboratively with the director of the program, field practicum mentors, and GPM residents.
Elizabeth Garland, MD
Icahn School of Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029