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Letter from the Director

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Dear Family Medicine Resident Applicants,

Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD

        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 in a variety of clinical settings, with a special 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 residency program has successfully grown to 12 residents per year and now also includes our Family Medicine/ Psychiatry joint residency for a total of 14 per class. The federal and national funding 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.

        Our applicants hail from some of the best medical schools all over the country and our application pool has over doubled in the last five years, making our program one of the most competitive Family Medicine residencies in the country.

Additionally, through the department’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion, the admissions process for the residency has been revamped in order to incorporate ways to reduce bias and result in a more equitable assessment of under-represented minorities. 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 serving our health equity and social justice mission.

        Our current residents are committed to training in a rigorous, urban academic program in an environment that values community health, diversity, equity and social justice. In their three years of training, residents receive a strong emphasis on community-based care, excellence in training in hospital medicine, high quality and collaborative maternal and infant care, strong research training, population health, family planning and termination training, LGBQTI+ care, wellness and resiliency, and access to some of the finest experiences in areas such as global health, 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 are graduates are doing and where. The majority of our graduates goes 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, 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.

Yours in health,

Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD
Program Director Family Medicine Residency
Vice Chair of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation
Boston Medical Center
Boston University Medical School