Our Teaching Philosophy

David Bor, MD
Chief Academic Officer, CHA
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Thank you for exploring training with the Department of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance. Through our Harvard Medical School affiliated programs, we have prepared health professionals for a wide variety of satisfying careers for over three decades.

At Cambridge Health Alliance you will find a highly integrated, community-oriented health care system that is a national model of care. We celebrate our ethnically and culturally diverse community and staff. We promote a respectful, socially conscious, and intellectually stimulating environment for health care and education. Our vision statement speaks of our passion and commitment: we seek to be the foremost academic public health care system in the nation. Over the past decade, we have received recognition that speaks to the breadth of our service and academic mission and our "Institute for Community Health" provides a focus for relevant research and education.

The Department of Medicine provides comprehensive primary care and specialty services in a model designed to meet the needs of the community. Department services are available at more than 15 primary care sites and three hospital campuses. Patients and staff benefit from the use of clinical computing through a state-of-the-art electronic medical records system. All full-time department members have faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.

The Department is structured in divisions, which include: Cardiology; Endocrinology; Geriatrics; Hematology/Oncology; Hospital Medicine; Neurology; Occupational/ Environmental Medicine; Pulmonary Medicine; Rheumatology; Medical Education; and Social and Community Medicine. Clinical specialties include a Multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS center and Tuberculosis clinic. Primary care medicine is integrated in an Alliance-wide Department of Ambulatory Care.

The philosophy of the department - and of the Alliance as a whole - is to create a community of caring that extends to patients, staff, and trainees. Training programs are solid academically and clinically, yet offer a flexible environment that allows residents to excel. Our residents benefit from community-based training in an integrated public health care system with access to 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. This shared dedication, paired with an environment of respectfulness, allows us to pursue true academic and clinical excellence.

Thank you again for your interest in the Department of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance. I am confident that you will appreciate the uniqueness of our institution and training programs and the sincerity of our commitment to excellence.

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