Welcome from the Program Director
Stephen J. Huot, MD, PhD
Thank you for visiting the Yale Primary Care Residency Website. This is a very exciting time for Primary Care training, healthcare policy, and the practice of medicine at both the local and national levels. In addition to the evolving national healthcare landscape with increasing emphasis on coordinated care, accountable care organizations, healthcare exchanges, and patient-centered medical home models of care, our local healthcare landscape is also undergoing significant change that will positively impact the care of patients in our community, enhance training in primary care for our residents, and provide an amazing opportunity for population-based research. On September 12, 2012, our sponsoring institution, Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), acquired the other hospital in New Haven, the Hospital of St. Raphael, and as a result Yale-New Haven Hospital is now the fifth largest Academic Medical Center in the United States with over 1,500 beds. The combined resources of these two campuses are expansive and provide a unique opportunity for our Department and Medical Center to strengthen clinical care and training in many areas with a particular interest in and commitment to primary care and integrated health system design. In the two years since this expansion of our medical center we have already seen many exciting changes that will truly impact and improve the health of our community. New centers of excellence are being developed; a new comprehensive inpatient and outpatient EMR linking all Yale Physicians in all Departments as well as many physicians in the community has been implemented; new initiatives in understanding the patient's experience are being undertaken; substantially expanded efforts in quality of care, transitions of care, and patient safety are underway; and the residents and faculty of our Primary Care Residency Program is playing a leadership role in many of these efforts.
Our expanded medical center consists two campuses; the York Street Campus and the Chapel Street Campus. These facilities are located 0.5 miles apart and there is an intra-campus shuttle that operates every 15 minutes, 24-hours a day, facilitating easy access to all faculty, educational opportunities, and resources located at either campus. The inpatient medical service at the Chapel Street Campus is focused on general internal medicine and is the professional home of the primary care residency program’s core faculty. A Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence is being developed at this site and will integrate rheumatology, orthopedics, physiatry, and occupational and physical therapy and our Acute Care of the Elderly comprehensive geriatrics program has relocated to this site. Housestaff experiences at this campus will focus in these areas. The York Street Campus will remain the primary site for subspecialty-based training for the residents (e.g., CCU, Liver Firm, Renal Firm, Oncology Firm, HIV Firm, etc.).
Details about the residency program can be found through the various links provided in this website. I encourage you to learn about our mission, review our ambulatory and inpatient experiences and curricula, explore the international health and research opportunities, and peruse the career paths of our graduates. A core value of our training program is our commitment to each of our residents that we will provide the mentoring and guidance needed to assure that all trainees find that niche in medicine where they will thrive and excel. This core value is embraced by program leadership, our core faculty and indeed, the Yale faculty at large. We seek to train physicians from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and agents of change in whatever setting and niche of medicine they choose for their career and we will provide the opportunities and resources to assure success.
We offer eighteen positions in our Categorical Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. Two of these are allotted for our HIV Primary Care Training Track. Students interested in the HIV Primary Care Training Track should apply to both our Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency and our HIV-Primary Care Residency Track as there are separate Match numbers for each track.
The primary mission of the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program is to train house officers to attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become excellent general internists who are committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards of medicine. We seek to train physicians from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and agents of change in whatever setting they choose for their career. Faculty are actively involved as teachers, role model clinicians, scholars, advisors and mentors who are committed to helping trainees identify the niches of medicine in which they will be most successful and satisfied. These values and goals are articulated in our mission statement.
As members of the Yale Primary Care Residency we affirm our beliefs and aspirations as follows:
- We believe in social justice, that there are undeniable human rights including the right to health care and the dignity of every human no matter who they are or where they live.
- We believe in being good stewards of limited medical care resources.
- We believe it is just as important to train excellent general physicians as it is to cultivate a zeal for the well-being of a community and the individuals that create that community.
- We believe in providing compassionate and thoughtful care to every patient.
- We believe in developing leaders in medicine, regardless of whether they are involved in community care, health policy, or academia.
- We believe in allowing for and assisting with the development and pursuit of individual passions.
- We believe in a biopsychosocial approach to patient care and recognize that social and psychological determinants play large parts in our patient’s health.
- We believe in primary care and that for primary care to succeed we must allow for and pursue innovations in both the access to and delivery of health care.
- We believe in the value of hard work and the value of education.
- We believe in fostering a sense of friendship, community, and collegiality amongst ourselves.
- We believe in striving to improve ourselves so we can improve the world.
Section of General Medicine
The Yale Section of General Internal Medicine is the sponsoring section of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. The Section makes significant contributions to the Department's missions of patient care, medical education and research. There are 62 full-time faculty members in the Section who have broad clinical, educational, and research interests. In addition to the direct teaching and precepting interactions that housestaff have with faculty in the Section, there is a rich research environment and opportunity for residents to participate in a variety of clinical and education research projects. Areas of active research and scholarship by faculty in the Section include: clinical epidemiology, geriatrics, occupational and environmental medicine, international health, ethics, women's health, stroke prevention, substance abuse and addiction, HIV management and adherence, graduate and undergraduate medical education, the care of under-served populations, chronic disease management, and many others. Section faculty have major roles in research programs based in the Section, Medical School and Yale New Haven Hospital including The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, The Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, The Yale Center on Aging, The Yale Substance Abuse Research Program, The Yale Urban Health Program, The Yale Women's Health Program, and The Yale School of Public Health.
The Section of General Internal Medicine sponsors five fellowships. Included is the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, a program in Geriatrics, a Preventive Medicine Program with a concentration in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at the West Haven Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and a Substance Abuse Fellowship. Graduates of the Primary Care Residency have been members of all of these programs.
For additional information about the Yale Section of General Internal Medicine, click here.