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Education and Training

NewYork-Presbyterian’s community healthcare practices and programs provide rich educational opportunities for residents, fellows, and other trainees with a passion and commitment to improving health at the community level. Specialized residency programs for pediatrics, adult medicine, and family medicine offer instruction, mentorship, and exposure to a wide range of healthcare issues and challenges, providing unparalleled experience for physicians early in their careers.

Community Pediatric Residents’ Training Program

Anne Armstrong-Coben, MD: aha2@columbia.edu
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, CUMC
Dodi Meyer, MD: ddm11@columbia.edu
Professor of Pediatrics, CUMC

With one-to-one faculty mentorship, residents in the Community Pediatric Track have the opportunity to work on a project, in collaboration with a community health initiative, which spans three years of training that integrates three core concepts — community health, cultural competency, and advocacy. All trainees are exposed to the strong community-academic partnerships that exist between NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and the surrounding community. Future pediatricians work collaboratively with the community to address healthcare disparities. Residents from this program have presented their work at national meetings.

Quality Improvement Initiatives in the Pediatric Residency Program

Mariellen M. Lane, MD: mmL2@columbia.edu
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Assistant Program Director for Ambulatory Education, Pediatric Residency Program

Quality Improvement (QI) is one of the focus areas of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program of the ACGME. Through the Pediatric Residency experiential learning QI program at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (NYP MSCH), residents develop and lead projects in their ambulatory practices that impact patient care, emphasize inter-professional collaborative teamwork, and use formal QI methodology. Each project is presented annually at NYP MSCH Chief of Service. Well over half of the projects have been sustained and spread, resulting in workflow changes in the ambulatory setting and support of Hospital QI priorities.

Pediatric and Adolescent Resident Training at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Maura D. Frank, MD: mdfrank@med.cornell.edu
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College

The Ambulatory Care Network Pediatric and Adolescent Practice at Weill Cornell Medicine is the major training site for pediatric resident and medical student training in primary care. Residents are trained in preventive care from the newborn period through adolescence. Additionally, there is a focus on training in the care of the medically complex child, with the residents participating in a team approach that includes social workers, a care manager, community health workers, and psychiatric practitioners.

Residents are also trained in the care of other special populations. The TAPP program trains residents and students in the care of adolescent mothers and their children. The Health for Life Program teaches the approach to caring for children and adolescents who are overweight or obese.

Adult Medicine Resident Training Program

Associates in Internal Medicine (AIM)

Maria H. De Miguel, MD: mh2634@cumc.columbia.edu
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Steven Shea, MD, MS: ss35@cumc.columbia.edu
Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology
Senior Vice Dean, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Washington Heights Family Health Center

Elaine Fleck, MD: fleckel@nyp.org
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer

Monica Suarez, MD: mis2140@cumc.columbia.edu
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Internal Medicine at Washington Heights Family Health Center

Residents in the Columbia University Internal Medicine Residency Program master the skills needed to care for a culturally diverse medically complex adult patient population at the Washington Heights Family Health Center (the training site for 15 residents) and the AIM Practice at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. At the Washington Heights Family Health Center — a multidisciplinary community health center with predominantly internal medicine, pediatrics, and ob/gyn on site, as well as social work, psychiatry, podiatry, and gastroenterology — residents have a unique opportunity to learn evidence-based, ambulatory care medicine in a Level 3, patient-centered medical home. The AIM Clinic (Associates in Internal Medicine) — the largest provider of adult primary care in Northern Manhattan, serving over 15,500 adult patients from the surrounding community and the primary referral site for those discharged from the hospital and emergency room — is the primary training site for 120 residents who interact closely with faculty in small-group didactic sessions and one-on-one patient care teaching.

Family Medicine Residency Program

Heather Paladine, MD: hlp11@cumc.columbia.edu
Family Medicine Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine CFCM at CUMC

The goal of the Family Medicine Residency Program is to recruit and train tomorrow’s community healthcare leaders. The program is committed to training physicians who wish to care for patients and their families, particularly those with problems unique to underserved urban communities, and strives to teach residents how to develop systems that can improve the health of whole communities. We encourage the education of fellow practitioners on the impact and influence of family medicine and aspire to create change. Nearly 100% of graduates go on to practice primary care, with more than half practicing in low-income communities that have a shortage of primary care doctors.