Primary Care Residency

With the changes in the health care system as a result of federal reform, primary care physicians are on the front lines providing compassionate, patient-centered, high-quality, cost-effective care. With complex treatment delivered more frequently in outpatient settings, increased specialization within medical fields, and the changing landscape of health care, the fulfillment of this mission requires a new generation of physicians dedicated solely to primary care. As such, Mount Sinai’s Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program Track’s goal is to create primary care physicians who are:

  • Well-rounded and effective clinicians capable of providing high-quality, patient-centered, evidence-based clinical care in both inpatient and outpatient settings;
  • Educators of both patients and fellow professionals;
  • Advocates for patients and populations for improved health care;
  • Leaders in all areas of primary care from the community to national level;
  • Researchers and scholars dedicated to examining primary care clinical research, medical education and health systems/policies.

One of the distinct advantages of our Primary Care Residency Program Track is the variety of locations and practices where our residents are able to train. All residents maintain a practice at Mount Sinai's Internal Medicine Associates, a hospital-based clinic and the largest primary care provider in the East Harlem community. Primary care residents additionally have the opportunity to develop continuity practices in other settings such as community health centers, federally qualified health centers, specialty primary care such as geriatrics or HIV medicine, or in the Visiting Doctors Program.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive, interactive and project-based curriculum covering topics such as primary care basic skills, health policy and advocacy, research and scholarship, medical education, leadership and quality improvement, as well as narrative medicine and integrative medicine.

A key strength of our program is its focus on developing individualized paths for each resident and class.  In order to provide our residents with the unique tools and skillsets for success in their future primary care careers, residents help to design their own goals and experiences. 

Applicants interested in the Primary Care Residency should make sure to use the appropriate NMRP number and to contact Lauren Peccoralo, MD, Director of the Primary Care Residency Program Track, or Jennifer Weintraub, MD, Assistant Director of the Primary Care Residency Program Track with any questions.

PGY1

The intern year focuses on developing core basic skills in primary care. The clinical rotations center on providing continuity of care at our ambulatory care sites along with specialty clinics that focus on geriatrics, visiting doctors, HIV care and our high-utilizer clinic, IMA PACT. The curriculum introduces the resident to topics such as health policy, advocacy, scholarship and integrative medicine.

PGY1s complete six additional weeks of an ambulatory primary care elective, complementing the 12 weeks of ambulatory primary care, for a total of 18 weeks of primary care (eight weeks more primary care than the categorical residents). During this year, PGY1s begin to identify a mentor and an associated research project based upon mutual interests.

PGY2

In the PGY2 year, residents hone their primary care skills by rotating through other specialty care clinics in addition to their general practice. The curriculum further delves into health policy, advocacy and quality improvement.

PGY2s have eight additional weeks of an ambulatory primary care elective, complementing the 12-week program of ambulatory primary care, for a total of 20 weeks of primary care (10 weeks more than categorical residents). Early in the year, residents select their research mentor and begin work on their major scholarly project.

PGY3

In the PGY3 year, residents begin to take on leadership roles in the outpatient setting. The curriculum focuses on medical education, teaching and leadership. PGY3 residents have 12 additional weeks of an ambulatory primary care elective, complementing the 12 weeks of ambulatory primary care, for a total of 24 weeks of primary care (14 more than the categorical residents).

During their extra outpatient blocks, Primary Care residents have the opportunity to experience any of our specialty clinics and have protected time to complete their scholarly projects. Residents also have expanded teaching responsibilities at this time.  PGY3s ultimately present their research projects both at the Division of General Internal Medicine Grand Rounds as well as at regional and national meetings of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Melinda Katz, MD, PGY3

I'm originally from New Jersey and attended NYU for college and medical school. Through educational, extracurricular, and research experiences, I knew I wanted to pursue a primary care track within my medicine residency. I searched for a residency program that offered uniquely diverse inpatient and outpatient medicine within varied NYC communities, with rigorous training in both general IM as well as subspecialties. I also wanted the flexibility to create an individualized primary care clinical experience. In looking for a residency program, I wanted to feel at home on my interview day, with residents and faculty who were passionate about medicine and who foster an exciting, welcoming, and supportive environment to grow as a physician. I'm incredibly fortunate to have found all of this at Mount Sinai.

As interns, we have the opportunity to be true primary care physicians, to foster long-term continuity with our patients, and to feel challenged and excited by medicine every day. There are many areas of primary care that interest me, including women's health, adolescent medicine, HIV primary care, and geriatrics/palliative care. I've had the opportunity to already work within these fields as a primary care intern. Perhaps above all else, Sinai medicine residency truly feels like a family. I feel incredibly lucky to come to work every day with such motivated and compassionate colleagues. I could not be more thrilled to be an internal medicine resident at Mount Sinai, and I'm very excited for the years to come.