Categorical and Primary Care Programs
The Categorical Program and the Primary Care Program are three-year programs that provide core clinical training in internal medicine and meet the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Completion of either program qualifies the candidate as board eligible in internal medicine. The principal difference between the Categorical and the Primary Care Programs at MGH is the amount of time allocated to training and education in the ambulatory setting. Candidates may apply to one or both programs.
Consult the following links for more information about each program:
Global Primary Care Program
The Global Primary Care Program is an ACGME-approved, four-year track that integrates the principles and practice of global health and primary care in order to develop future leaders to advance health equity and strengthen health systems in the U.S. and around the world. The GPC track features:
Two GPC positions are offered each year through the National Residency Matching Program. Applicants interested in the GPC track should indicate this preference on their ERAS application file.
- Clinical training in internal medicine and primary care, equivalent to MGH Primary Care residents;
- Outpatient clinic experiences focused on care for vulnerable populations in the Boston area including post-incarceration, immigrant, and homeless patients at the MGH Chelsea Health Center and with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program;
- Tuition support for an MPH degree at the Harvard School of Public Health(or equivalent);
- Nine months of US-based ambulatory training focused on primary care delivery, policy, implementation, and evaluation;
- Ten months of international fieldwork, includingat leastfourmonths over four years at Bugoye Health Center in rural Uganda; and
- Mentored thesis work in global primary care, expected to result in a first-author publication or academic equivalent.
Consult the following link for more information about the Global Primary Care Program:
The Department also provides training for interns completing a preliminary year before moving on to other specialties.
Consult the following link for more information about the Preliminary Program: