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The Firm System

The MGHFirm System was established almost 25 years ago to enhance the quality of clinical teaching and build mentoring relationships between medical students, house officers, and senior faculty. Now one of the major mentoring system, the system is named for former MGH Chiefs of Medicine James Howard Means, Walter Bauer, and James Jackson. Firm activities include teaching rounds, conferences, and one-on-one career guidance. The firm system provides continuity in teaching by clinician-educators committed to bedside teaching.

The Firm System allows senior faculty members to maintain a mentoring relationship with residents over the entire time that they are at MGH and beyond. They help advise around career development, write letters of recommendations and are part of the support structure in of the program, attending all social events and retreats.

Firm Chiefs

William Kormos, MD

William Kormos, MD
Primary Care
James Howard Means Firm

Bill Kormos is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency, general medicine fellowship and chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a general internist in the Internal Medicine Associates and the education director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation. His academic interests include teaching evidence based medicine, patient education and self-management, and continuing medical education for primary care clinicians.

Nesli Basgoz, MD

Nesli Basgoz, MD
Infectious Disease Unit
Fuller Albright Firm

Nesli O. Basgoz attended Indiana University, Northwestern University Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco. She is Associate Chief and Clinical Director of the Infectious Disease Division and Director of the Infectious Disease and HIV Outpatient Practices. Her clinical and research interests have included opportunistic infections in HIV and other immunocompromised hosts.

Thomas Spitzer, MD

Thomas Spitzer, MD
Co-Chair, Internship Selection Committee
Hematology/Oncology Unit
Walter Bauer Firm

Thomas Spitzer is a native of Canton, Ohio and a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After an internship and residency at New York Hospital, he practiced primary care internal medicine for 5 years before completing a hematology / oncology fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.



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