Electives enrich the educational experience by complementing general medicine training. Electives also provide residents with an opportunity to gain insight into potential career paths. Electives are not limited to those that have been set up through our relationship with other departments or subspecialty units within the Department of Medicine. Many residents pursue independent research projects or design their own elective experience during their elective rotations.
Health Policy Elective
To engage residents with a working knowledge of core topics in health policy from leaders in the field, the Health Policy Elective was developed by our housestaff. Directed by David Blumenthal, MD, MPP who leads the MGH Institute for Health Policy, the elective is comprised of two weeks of lectures and discussions led by local and national experts in health policy. The elective also includes field experiences where residents visit health policy-related settings and organizations.
The health policy elective covers the following topic areas as they relate to health care:
- financing and economics
- access and disparities
- information technology
- public health and preparedness
- disease prevention
- quality and safety
Senior residents may participate in the health policy elective.
2008 Elective Curriculum
Health care experiences outside of MGH can broaden ones s perspective on the practice of medicine, and enrich the on-campus internal medicine training. Residents may spend an elective off-campus provided there is a clinical mentor and a structured curriculum. Off-campus electives may include rotations through the MGH health centers, homeless clinics and shelters, and community-based programs. In addition to Boston-based electives, residents may arrange to spend elective time elsewhere. The Global Health Program provides opportunities for residents along with a structured curriculum. Various opportunities also exist through the National Health Service Corps and the Indian Health Service, organizations committed to improving the health of the Nation's underserved and American Indian and Alaska Natives.