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Harvard Medical School
Fellowship in General
Medicine and Primary Care
Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center
1309 Beacon Street CO-211
Brookline, MA 02446

Tel (617) 754-1448
Fax (617) 754-1440
Email: GIM Fellowship
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford Street, 9th floor
Boston, MA 02114

The Massachusetts General Hospital General Medicine Fellowship site is located in downtown Boston at 50 Staniford Street, one block from the main hospital campus, and within walking distance of public transportation and the hospital shuttle service to the Longwood Medical Area.

Investigators in the General Medicine Division focus on common clinical problems faced in primary care, public health, and global health. Our research is informed by a population perspective and awareness of the role of patients and healthcare systems in achieving health goals. The various content areas are linked by a common set of methodological tools. These include epidemiologic study design, advanced bio statistical analysis, decision science, and behavioral psychology, among others. Investigators in the Division have been quick to incorporate the electronic medical record as well as genomic advances in their work and we have made notable progress to engage MGH’s many primary care practices and community health centers in a research network. We believe the Division’s research efforts are particularly well-suited for the scientific needs of healthcare in the immediate future, with its increasing emphasis on personalized medicine, efficient population health management, comparative effectiveness of medical interventions, and global engagement. In addition, faculty in General Medicine frequently collaborate with investigators in the Mongan Institute for Health Policy, located in adjacent offices. Such health policy oriented collaborations are also available for General Medicine Fellows.

Examples of ongoing productive research programs in the Division include:

  1. Quality assessment and improvement in networked MGH primary care practices (Steven Atlas)
  2. Optimal management strategies for lumbar spine disorders (Steven Atlas)
  3. Healthcare for the homeless (Travis Baggett)
  4. HIV: cost-effectiveness strategies in both resource-rich and resource-limited settings (Kenneth Freedberg)
  5. Diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome (James Meigs)
  6. Tobacco treatment in health care settings and tobacco control policy (Nancy Rigotti)
  7. Engaging patients in shared medical decision-making (Karen Sepucha)
  8. Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (Daniel Singer)
  9. Strategies to address obesity including lifestyle modification and promoting healthy food choices (Anne Thorndike)
  10. Use of video to optimize end-of-life decisions (Angelo Volandes)

Fellows will generally pursue research projects led by Division research faculty. A few examples from recent Fellows' research include:
To learn more about our faculty, click here.

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