Primary Care Residency

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Morningside-West recognizes the unique skillset required of primary care physicians to practice in our current healthcare landscape.  As such, we are thrilled to offer an innovative Primary Care Track for residents seeking to become experts in primary care medicine.  Through this track, residents gain enhanced exposure to topics beyond those typically covered in the traditional ambulatory block.  The track is fully integrated into our categorical program; Primary Care Track residents engage in the same rotations as their colleagues, including the Intensive Care Units, yet are provided increased elective time dedicated to primary care-related activities.  All primary care track residents will maintain a practice at the Ryan Adair Center in Central Harlem, located in a HRSA-designated medically underserved area, which will allow exposure to a diverse population with a multitude of complex diseases. 

The track is composed of clinical and non-clinical experiences as well as half-day didactic sessions during Primary Care elective blocks.  Educational sessions for residents in the track cover a broad array of topics introducing residents to the fundamentals of primary care medicine such as healthcare policy and practice models, population health, addiction medicine, physician communication skills, musculoskeletal exam skills, pearls of coding and billing, behavioral health integration, community oriented primary care, hands-on procedural sessions in the Simulation Lab, ethics, reflection rounds, cultural competency, and geriatric medicine.  All Primary Care Track residents are expected to develop a longitudinal project over the course of three years with protected project time allotted during each primary care block.

Our outstanding primary care faculty, who are committed to educating and mentoring the next generation of primary care physicians, bring to the table a broad range of clinical and academic interests. Through this track we aim to provide general skills training while supporting each resident in their particular area of interest within primary care.

Features of our Primary Care Track include:

  • Participation in an immersive community medicine rotation focused on caring for   urban, at- risk populations
  • Exposure to a multitude of primary care-relevant clinical opportunities
  • Clinical rotation at an HIV primary care faculty practice
  • Protected didactic sessions and workshops focused on primary care medicine topics
  • Home visits with the nationally renowned Visiting Doctors Program at Mount Sinai
  • Exposure to innovative practice models
  • Longitudinal project engagement with 1:1 faculty mentorship
  • Individually-tailored elective schedules as PGY2 and PGY3

Applicants interested in the Primary Care Track should apply using our ERAS number.  For further questions, please contact the Primary Care Track Director, Dr. Tamara Goldberg at Tamara.Goldberg@mountsinai.org.

The training schedule is as follows:

PGY1: (3 elective blocks) All PGY1’s in the track participate in a novel community medicine rotation focused on caring for at-risk populations near their outpatient clinic site in Central Harlem.  The rotation introduces residents to topics such as social determinants of health and health disparities, community-based organization partnerships, home visits, addiction medicine, immigrant health, and the impact of community on health outcomes.  In addition, PGY1’s in the track will have the opportunity to engage in a broad range of relevant clinical rotations including; family planning, musculoskeletal medicine, home visits, dermatology, primary care for patients with HIV, and exposure to innovative primary care practices.

PGY2: (3 elective blocks) PGY2’s in the track have the opportunity to participate in the sessions above in addition to crafting a more tailored schedule focused on their particular area of interest.  Additional independent study time is allotted to allow residents to develop a longitudinal project with a focus on one aspect of comprehensive care.  Such projects can include quality improvement initiatives, advocacy, and curriculum development and will be overseen by faculty mentors, with the goal of presenting the work to a broader academic audience.

PGY3: (4 elective blocks) PGY3’s in the track will devote time to independent projects and individually-tailored clinical experiences, as well as hone their leadership and teaching skills through Resident-as-Preceptor sessions in the outpatient resident clinics.  In addition, transition-to-practice didactics and career seminars will provide guidance toward life after residency.  PGY3’s will have the opportunity to lead some of the small group discussions for all PC Track residents centered on a topic of their choosing.

Anne Socorro Corrales, MD PGY1
Since I was in medical school, I always wanted to be a primary care doctor. I love to be able to meet people from different backgrounds. The fact that I can somehow contribute to improving their quality of life is my biggest reward. I enjoy the intellectual challenge of dealing with a huge variety of clinical entities. I am very proud to be part of the primary care track at Mount Sinai Morningside/West where, following the lead of excellent faculty members, I am able to grow exponentially both professionally and personally. I am also privileged to serve a community that has struggled with access to healthcare for a long time which will enrich my experience as a doctor tremendously. Furthermore, working and living in NYC is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am happy to fully enjoy.

Dalgis Dunker Del Rosario, MD PGY1
Primary care is an exciting and extremely rewarding field. My love for primary care is rooted in the opportunity it offers to care for patients with complex medical conditions in the long term, and how it requires not only medical knowledge but understanding of the diverse forces that affect a patient and his/her community. For this reason, joining a program that provides a well-rounded training experience became my priority. Now that I’m part of the Mount Sinai Morningside-West family, I can say with confidence that this is a wonderful institution to become an outstanding physician. I have felt a genuine interest from the leadership and residents to support me in achieving my goals and providing me with a rich training experience. I’m proud to be a part of this family.

Erick Kawegere, MD PGY1
Medicine comes in all shapes and forms, just like we humans come in all shapes and forms. Everyone is unique in their own way, with a story of their own, and perceive the world in a way that only they can understand. Through all that complexity and hustle of our daily lives, one aspect of medicine that we all need and should get the best of it is Primary Care. Using my knowledge and skills to reach as many people as possible, to ease their pain, to catch that disease process before it’s too late, gives me immense gratification. It is the work that I have had the pleasure of doing since I was in medical school in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The same work continued in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Reaching our vulnurable communities along with those who are uninusured and/or underinsured feeds my passion. I truly believe that everyone should have access to quality healthcare, moreover, that care should be tailored to their needs, respecting everyone’s story. Now, as Internal Medicine Resident Phycisian at Mount Sinai West and Morningside in New York City; even better, training in the Primary Care Track, I get to work and learn from the best, serve my community, and in the process; sharpen my skills even further.

Juan Vasquez Mendez, MD PGY1
My passion for primary care started shortly after graduating while I was completing a year of community medicine in my home country, Dominican Republic. During this time, I learned the power of long-term patient relationships. The opportunity to take part in important times of need in their lives can improve the patient-physician relationships and is one of the reasons that make primary care unique and worthwhile to pursue. Moreover, continuity of care involving the patient and all members of the health care team enables us to work more effectively and, most importantly, results in improved clinical outcomes. I am confident that Mount Sinai Morningside-West will provide me with the tools to excel in my medical career as a primary care physician. In addition, our primary care track is integrated with the categorical residency program, which allows us to gain intensive exposure to all the core disciplines in medicine, act competently in hospital medicine and consider a number of potential career options at the same time. I am delighted to be part of the team.

Gabriela Bernal, MD PGY2
Primary care first captured my attention as a medical student in Spain. As part of our training, we visited the homes of patients that could not come to see us in the clinic. Through this experience, I learned that the events that matter the most to our health take place outside of our hospitals and clinics. It became the reason for my passion for primary care. So far, the primary care track has allowed me to go on home visits, to learn about new innovative models of care, and to get involved in the community. I chose this program for it's diversity, both of our residents and of our patients; and for my mentors, who push me to be a better person and physician. I chose primary care for the empowering longitudinal relationships I build with my patients and the communities which we serve. Through this, I feel like I can be a force of change in the lives of my patients in a way that is meaningful and lasting.

Raul Chibas Sandoval, MD PGY2
One of the things that ignited my desire to work in Primary Care was my experience in a rural community during my social service year back in Nicaragua. During this time, I developed a deeper understanding of the culture and lifestyle and came to appreciate the health issues faced by these communities. I was inspired by how meaningful relationships caused significant changes in people´s health and behavior

I am very satisfied with my journey through learning the ways of primary care in the USA. Being in the PC track has enabled me to see with a wider perspective the practice of primary care and to appreciate how social structures play a critical role in providing effective solutions to our patients´ health.

Pratyusha Nunna, MD PGY2
Being the kind of physician who improves the health of patients and keeps them from falling sick has always been my motivation to pursue primary care as a career path. I enjoy caring for my patients as whole and not just one part of the body. At MSMW, there is focused primary care training with importance given to social determinants of health. I feel blessed to have such great mentors and colleagues who support and motivate each other to bring out the best"

Ines Robles Aponte, MD PGY2
When it came time to apply for residency, I reflected on the things that were most important to me. I knew I wanted a program where I had access to a diverse patient population and where I could focus on primary care without having to sacrifice inpatient training. The Mount Sinai Morningside-West Primary Care Track is fully integrated into the larger Categorical Residency program. Primary Care residents have the same inpatient clinical rotations, including subspecialty medicine and intensive care, but have additional time dedicated to ambulatory medicine. The program also provides flexibility, which allows us to shape our training experience to our interests. The faculty is extremely supportive and have created a positive learning environment. I'm excited to continue my residency journey at MSMW!

Heba Yassin Jioussy, MD PGY3
I attended Technion medical school and trained in hospitals that serve diverse and largely underserved communities. My passion for general medicine started during my first internal medicine clerkship, and my commitment to serve underserved communities has grown ever since. Three years ago, I made the best decision of my career by choosing the PC track at Mount Sinai Morningside-West. I had the privilege to work with a vulnerable population, a tremendous experience that provided me with unique medical skills and opened my eyes to a new world of medicine. For my wellness, I like to go hiking, bike riding, painting with acrylic and spending time with my beautiful family.

Shruti Anand, MD PGY3
I was drawn towards primary care as it provides holistic care to patients and especially focuses on mitigating the social barriers prevalent in healthcare. After having completed my medical training in India, I was already interested in examining the impact of socioeconomic factors in healthcare delivery. The primary care track gave me the chance to do just that! The last two and a half years have been the most fulfilling of my professional career. Having been given the opportunity to care for one of the most vulnerable populations in New York City has been a humbling learning experience. The virtue of this program has been the people who call it home – I have had incredible mentors and made lifelong friends. Living in the greatest city in the world learning from the most amazing group of doctors has made my residency journey amazing.

Yeriko Santillan, MD PGY3
I chose Mount Sinai Morningside/West because I felt at home during the interview. Everyone from interns to residents to attending physicians were welcoming and friendly. I chose the PC track because I want to be a Primary Care Physician. While in college and medical school, I shadowed various specialties and although they were all very exciting, I have always admired the relationship between a Primary Care doctor and their patients. The PC track has incredible exposure to outpatient medicine, including various specialties, which personally helps me decide how and when to refer my own patients to specialists.