Department Overview

Training within the CHA Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine provides comprehensive primary care and specialty services in a model of community-based care - and has a well-established reputation for excellence in its clinical, academic, and research programs. The clinical offerings in Medicine are designed to meet the needs of the community. Department services are available at more than 15 primary care sites and 3 hospital campuses. Patients and staff benefit from the use of clinical computing through a state-of-the-art electronic medical records system. Department faculty include both practicing and consulting internists, and all full-time department members have faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.

The Department structure is one of medical divisions. These divisions include: Cardiology; Dermatology; Endocrinology and Metabolism; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Hematology/Oncology; Hospital Medicine; Infectious Disease (including a Multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS center and Tuberculosis clinic); Neurology; Occupational/ Environmental Medicine; Primary Care; Pulmonary-Critical Care; and Rheumatology. Academic divisions of Medical Education and Social and Community Medicine complement these medical specialties.

The philosophy of the department - and of the Alliance as a whole - is to create a community of caring. This caring extends to both patients and residents. Training programs are solid academically and clinically, yet offer a flexible environment that allows residents to excel.

In the words of Dr. David Bor, previously our Chief of Medicine, presently Chief Academic Officer for CHA,

"Cambridge Health Alliance is a premier training site because we offer an outstanding experience, with community-based training in an integrated public health care system, and tertiary care training opportunities at other Harvard-affiliated institutions. Throughout this system our diverse faculty and house staff are committed to improving the health of the public, and this shared dedication, paired with an environment of respectfulness, allows us to pursue true academic and clinical excellence."