Dear Family Medicine Resident Applicants,Sara "Suki" Tepperberg

Welcome to the Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine Residency! From the day we welcomed our first group of Family Medicine residents to Boston Medical Center in the summer of 1998, the BMC Family Medicine Residency Program has focused on providing its’ physicians-in-training with the skills and expertise needed to thrive as clinician-leaders, with an emphasis on urban underserved care in community health centers.

Over the last twenty-plus years, our success and growth have been remarkable. While the original residency program trained six residents per year in our three-year residency, the program has grown to 12 residents per year and now also includes our joint Family Medicine/Psychiatry residency for a total of 14 per class. The support for expansion speaks to the value of our program and allows us to train and serve in multi-lingual and multi-ethnic community health centers around the city of Boston, including Codman Square Health Center, South Boston Community Health Center, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center.

With our program expansion, we are actively committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for our residents. One initiative has been the re-organization of our residency admissions process to reduce bias that may disproportionately affect our underrepresented minority applicants. This new system has moved us forward towards the goal of recruiting trainees who more accurately reflect the diversity of the population BMC serves and the future family doctors who will lead our discipline, though we are aware that there is plenty more hard work needed to reach our vision.

Our current residents are committed to training in a rigorous, urban academic program in an environment that values community health, health equity, and social justice. In their three years at BMC, residents receive advanced training in community-based care, hospital medicine, high quality and collaborative maternal and infant care, research, population health, family planning, termination training, anti-racism training, LGBQTI+ care, wellness and resiliency, and access to some of the finest experiences in areas such as global health, addiction medicine, integrative medicine, and sports medicine. Each of these strong program elements has allowed our residency to develop a truly national reputation (ranked 12th in the country in 2019 by US News and World Report) and results in graduates of the highest caliber. 

Indeed, perhaps the most important marker of the impact of our program on health care in the city of Boston and beyond can be seen by looking at what our graduates are doing and where. The majority of our graduates go on to practice in community health centers (most of which are Federally Qualified Health Centers) and remain in urban underserved settings. A handful of graduates enter a broad range of competitive fellowships including Sports Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Maternal Child Health, Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Research. These fellows come back to serve in their communities, many of them returning to work at Boston Medical Center or greater Boston. Our graduates are leaders in their communities, activists, and voices for change.

There is no greater time to be entering Family Medicine and we are proud to be training the next generation of clinician leaders and researchers and fulfilling our mission to meet the health care needs of the people of the City of Boston and beyond.

I am looking forward to meeting you and learning more about YOUR vision for our future,


Sara (Suki) Tepperberg MD MPH (she/her)

Program Director Family Medicine Residency
Boston Medical Center

Boston University Medical School