Adult patients in BMC's General Internal Medicine department have a Medical Home where they become part of a primary care team which provides a new, expanded type of care. In a Medical Home environment, BMC coordinates all of a patient’s health care needs, from helping them stay healthy by reminding patients of preventive checkups and tests, to working with individuals to manage chronic conditions, visits to specialists, hospital admissions and more.
There are six General Internal Medicine clinics at BMC with more than 50 providers, offering patients not only primary care they need, but also specialized clinics in women’s health and opioid addiction, and a clinic for those who speak only Spanish.
BMC’s diverse staff speak many languages and multilingual interpreter services are available to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible.
New patient appointments are available. To make an appointment, call 617.414.5951.
Care in General Internal Medicine Includes:
Wellness Care - Routine physical exams and immunizations, regular screening and health counseling for HIV, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, addiction, diabetes and cancer.
Urgent Care – If a patient is sick, he or she should call the office for an appointment. If the patient’s regular provider is not available, they will be scheduled with someone else. A doctor is always on call when the office is closed and can be reached calling the main office.
Chronic Care - Ongoing evaluation and treatment of any chronic conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and many other conditions and illnesses.
Specialty Care - Primary care services are complemented by a full spectrum of specialty services at Boston Medical Center. For example, if a patient needs surgery, the General Internal Medicine department works in coordination with the patient’s surgeon.
Women's Heath Group - Established in 1985, this was one of the first groups in the nation to focus exclusively on the unique health care needs of women. Visit the Women’s Health Group to learn more.
Inpatient Care – If a patient needs to be hospitalized, their care will be provided by a specialized in-patient hospital team. However, the patient’s primary care doctor continues to coordinate care.
Medications - BMC has two pharmacy locations allowing patients to have quick, convenient access to their prescription medications, as well as the option to have medicines delivered directly to a patient’s home through mail order.
Behavioral Medicine Programs - Located within General Internal Medicine and jointly sponsored by the hospital’s Medicine and Psychiatry Departments, these programs advance health promotion and disease prevention. The programs are:
- Smoking Cessation
- The Behavioral Management of Chronic Pain Clinic
- The Behavioral Management of Hypertension Clinic
- Stress Reduction and Relaxation Training Center
These clinics are “multi-component” interventions combining education about the particular disease and its treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy aimed at reducing anxiety and depression, operant conditioning focusing on changing lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise, relaxation training to reduce stress and anger and social support from family and friends to help maintain these new behaviors.
Audio Meditation - Dr. Sokolove:
For more information on these programs contact Dr. Robert Sokolove, director of Behavioral Medicine, at 617.414.5098.
Social Work Services – BMC offers a wide range of social services to help with transportation to and from BMC, job and housing searches, and access to health insurance, government financial assistance programs, and counseling services.