Primary Care Leadership Track

We are pleased to announce that the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is creating a new Primary Care Leadership Track (PCLT) within its Internal Medicine Residency program, with the goal of enrolling our first class in July of 2014. UMMS has long been nationally recognized for its emphasis on primary care education and training, and we are developing a unique and innovative residency curriculum to prepare residents for careers in primary care.

Track Components

As a resident of this track, you are first and foremost an integral part of the overall Internal Medicine residency. We offer a distinctive curriculum that differs from the traditional categorical track in the following ways:

  • Strong emphasis on ambulatory experiences, with in-patient experiences limited to 1/3 of the overall residency program
    • Required ambulatory rotations (i.e. “Selectives”) to include Geriatrics, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Urgent Care, Dermatology, Neurology, Infectious Disease, and Gynecology
    • Elective ambulatory rotations to include Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Allergy/Immunology, and Urology (amongst many others)
  • Development of leadership skills through a formal curriculum, with required exposure to practice management, hospital and medical school administration, and longitudinal lecture series
  • Mentorship from core primary care faculty members

This curriculum was designed by keeping in mind the skills and experiences we believe you will need in order to succeed as a primary care physician or general internist. The foundation of this curriculum is in ambulatory and outpatient experiences, with inpatient experiences serving to complement your overall education (as opposed to most traditional categorical programs, where the inpatient experiences serve as the foundation).

Sample Schedule 

The following is a sample schedule for the Primary Care Leadership Track.

BLOCK

 PGY-1

PGY-2 

 PGY-3

 1

 Ward

 AR

 AR

 2

 AR

 Ward

 Ward

 3

 Ward

 AR

 AR

 4

 ED

 MICU

 ID

 5

 AR

 AR

 AR

 6

 Night Float

 AR

 AR

 7

 Ward

 Ward

 Ward

 8

 AR

 Neuro

 AR

 9

 Ward

 AR

 Consult

 10

 MICU

 CCU

 AR

 11

 AR

 AR

 ED

 12

 Ward

 AR

 AR

 13

 Ward

 Night Float

 AR

   GREEN:  Ambulatory experiences

   BLUE: Inpatient Experiences

   GRAY:  Mixed outpatient/inpatient experiences

   AR:  Ambulatory Rotation consisting of both Selective and Electives (19 total)  Note that the inpatient experiences are concentrated in the PGY-1 year so that our residents will have adequate experience to lead ward teams in their PGY-2 year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of candidates are you looking for?

The rigor of our selection process will be identical to the one used for the categorical program; however, we are interested specifically in applicants who have an expressed interest in entering the field of primary care.

How do I apply for this track?

You can apply for this track through ERAS.  The NRMP code is 3050140C1.

Can I apply to both the Categorical and the Primary Care Leadership Track?

Yes, and indeed, we would encourage you to do so if you are interested in both.  Application to one track does not preclude you from applying to another.

How will my interview day differ if I am asked to interview for the Primary Care Leadership Track?

You will have an additional interview with one of the core faculty members of the Primary Care Leadership Track on the day of your interview.

How many residents will there be in this track?

As this is an entirely new track, we will be offering one PGY-1 spot for the 2014-2015 academic year with the goal of increasing the number of sports thereafter on a yearly basis.

For any additional question, please contact:

Allen Chang, M.D.

Director, Primary Care Leadership Track

Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Internal Medicine Residency
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
774-442-2173