The Harlem Residency in Family Medicine educates family physicians in the provision of longitudinal, preventive, comprehensive and accessible family-centered care to underserved, medically complex patients. The residency is a dynamic program that draws on the strengths of its experienced faculty, clinical training sites, and community resources. The new residency received ACGME accreditation and will graduate its first class of residents in 2015. The Harlem Residency in Family Medicine is a federally-funded “Teaching Health Center,” a highly-competitive designation awarded to only a handful of programs across the country. As a Teaching Health Center, the program’s mission is to train residents to provide outstanding primary care services in high-need communities.
The program is sponsored by the Institute for Family Health, which operates 18 full-time health centers and eight part-time sites in Manhattan, the Bronx, and the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The Institute operates two additional family medicine residency programs: the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice, located in Manhattan; and the Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program, located in Kingston, NY. The residency places special emphasis on the principles of community-oriented primary care as a guide to curriculum and program development. Designed to address the complex needs of underserved patient populations, the residency program emphasizes four curricular themes throughout the three years of training: the patient-centered medical home, primary care/behavioral health integration, evidence-based medicine and meaningful use of health information technology. These themes reflect the changing role that providers must play as they become active participants in primary care medical homes, health homes, and accountable care organizations, as well as the increasing importance of information technology and information exchange in health care delivery.
Family physicians at the Institute for Family Health