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    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital


Internal Medicine Residency Electives

Residents have 23 weeks of elective time during the 3 years of residency. Residents avail themselves of a myriad of opportunities at Cambridge Health Alliance, in the Greater Boston area, and in international settings during their elective time.

Specially designed elective experiences within CHA include:

Medical Subspecialty Consultation Elective: Residents may opt for 2 to 4 week immersion experiences in a number of medical specialties, Laboratory Medicine, and Radiology

Hospital Medicine Elective: Residents work apprentice-style with a hospital preceptor, evaluating and managing inpatients, performing procedures, completing a hospital quality improvement project.

Occupational and Environmental Health Elective: Basic principles of recognizing and preventing occupational health diseases are integrated into a series of didactics and clinical experiences. Residents participate in work site evaluations and projects in this elective.

Nutrition Elective: Residents learn about nutrition assessment and risk; the indications, prescribing guidelines, and monitoring guidelines for parenteral and enteral nutrition; and nutrition education and counseling skills.

Adolescent Community Health Elective: A joint venture between the City of Boston and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Camp Harbor View is a summer day camp that involves over 800 young people in early and middle adolescence, predominately minority and indigent, living in at-risk neighborhoods. During the second session annually, a CHA resident attends the camp to create and to conduct educational sessions on healthy choices and behaviors.

Resident-Designed Electives: Resident may select a faculty mentor and participate in design of an elective to meet their educational/research needs. Recent examples include medical education, behavioral medicine, systems improvement, acupuncture, and adolescent medicine. Residents also use elective time to work on their scholarly projects.

Residents regularly rotate to the tertiary care Harvard hospitals for inpatient or outpatient sub-specialty consultation elective experiences in areas such as infectious diseases, endocrinology, hematology-oncology, nephrology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and pulmonary medicine.

Residents may also participate in electives outside the Greater Boston area, including international health experiences.

Residents in good academic standing may use up to 4 weeks of elective time during their PGY2/3 years away from the Boston area. Residents must submit a written proposal for the elective to the Program Director, describing the desired program of study, the planned supervision, and the expectation of how this experience would contribute uniquely to the resident’s personal educational goals.

International Health Experiences: Cambridge attracts many residents who have participated in a wide variety of international health experiences prior to residency. The residency program strongly encourages these activities during residency training and more than half of our residents work and study abroad during PGY2/3 electives. Cambridge Health Alliance is a remarkably rich community of clinicians with interests and expertise in international health. These individuals are available to our residents for advising and mentoring.