Program Directors

Meet Our Program Directors

Rachel Stark, MD, MPHDirector, Residency Program in Internal Medicine

Rachel Stark, MD, MPH

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Dr. Rachel Stark completed her medical degree at Boston University and her internship and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Her interest in medical education and public health led her to pursue a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and a Master's degree in Public Health, both at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Stark has had a longstanding commitment to providing clinical care to underserved populations and has been actively involved in resident education in Internal Medicine for over a decade, serving in residency program leadership roles at both Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and at Boston Medical Center. She joined the faculty at Cambridge Health Alliance in 2011 as the Associate Director for the Residency Program in Internal Medicine, and became the Program Director in 2017.

Dr. Stark has particular interest in curriculum innovation, and teaching evidence-based medicine and clinical decision-making. She has honed skills in these areas through participation in numerous highly recognized faculty development programs, including the including the Stanford Faculty Development Course in Clinical Teaching at Mount Sinai and the How to Teach Evidence Based Clinical Practice Workshop at McMaster University. She was also selected to be a Harvard Macy Scholar.

Dr. Stark has received multiple honors and awards for her work as a medical educator. In her first year at CHA, Dr. Stark was the recipient of the Outpatient Attending of the Year awarded by the residents. In 2013, she was honored by CHA as one of four awardees of the prestigious first annual Academic Council Award for Academic Excellence. Additionally, she was the PI for a two year project at CHA using the art of public narrative to address the hidden curriculum in residency training, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and was the co-PI for the Harvard School of Medicine Academic Innovations Collaborative at the Somerville Hospital Primary Care site. In 2014, she was honored by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) as the New England Clinician Educator of the Year.

Dr. Stark has published on her work on teaching evidence-based medicine, medical professionalism, and ambulatory education and has presented this work at numerous regional and national meetings. She has also taught as faculty of the Harvard Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician Educators, and has been nominated several times for the Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award.

Priyank Jain, MDAssociate Program Director

Priyank Jain, MD

Clinical Instructor in Medicine,
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"Medicine has imperceptibly led us into the social field and placed us in a position of confronting directly the great problems of our time." - Rudolf Virchow 1848

Dr. Priyank Jain graduated from medical school in India at All India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi. He came to US for his internal medicine residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Then he went to India for a year and worked in variety of healthcare settings including remote villages and metropolitan hospitals. He no longer sees illness as an accidental inconvenience of humans, but rather an expression of socio-economic conditions affecting communities.

Dr. Jain believes that the ultimate duty of physicians is to advocate for their patients. The responsibility does not end at providing compassionate and effective medical care but further to address the behavior and systemic barriers which compound illness. To this end a physician has to become a change agent within his professional and social community. Medical education should prepare future healthcare providers empowered to lead such a change. This is his guiding principle for medical education.

Cambridge Health Alliance provides care to the most vulnerable members of our society, in an environment which strives to find systemic solutions, and thrives on exceptionally committed residents and faculty. Dr. Jain came to CHA in 2009 to work as a hospitalist. He enjoys learning with the residents to further their education and delivering the Alliance's mission. The residents have honored him with the 'Attending of the year' award in 2011 and welcomed him as the Assistant Program Director of residency program soon thereafter.

Dr. Jain is interested in capacity building for healthcare in underprivileged communities, and is involved in projects in rural India. He is also involved in medical education reform in India, inspired by his experience in the United States.

Rebecca Rogers, MDAssistant Program Director

Rebecca Rogers, MD

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When Dr. Rogers first started as a medical student at Harvard Medical School, it was not with the intention of becoming a primary care physician. However, after witnessing firsthand the intimate and longitudinal relationships that are forged between patients and their PCPs, the range and depth of clinical knowledge required of the general internist, and the excitement and uncertainty that a seemly average day at the clinic can bring, it became clear that this was the path for her.

After finishing medical school, she took a year to live in London and do research at that London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, studying how primary care systems can deliver public health. It was also an eye-opening experience to learn about the UK’s National Health Service, to see how medicine operates in a world where access to affordable health is guaranteed to everyone. Dr. Rogers returned from London to do her residency here at CHA, where she was awed by the commitment of her faculty and co-residents to CHA’s mission to provide high quality care to the most marginalized populations. She became interested in resident continuity clinic as an educational entity, and let a pilot project of resident-to-resident hand-offs between ambulatory blocks. During her chief resident year at CHA, Dr. Rogers took part in the Harvard Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees. Through that course she developed a curriculum to help interns learn the skills required to be effective, efficient and resilient primary care doctors, which she continues to teach. During chief year she also received a Clinical Learning Environment grant to use public narratives to improve working relationships between residents and nurses on the inpatient wards.

After finishing her chief resident year Dr. Rogers took a job as a primary care doctor at CHA, where her daily interactions with patients continue to inspire her to become a better clinician and continue to advocate for health and social systems that truly care for those that need it most. She joined the program leadership in 2017 and is thrilled to be helping to shape the residency program and ambulatory experience that nurtured her own passion for primary care.