The Generalist/Primary Care Pathway is a program of mentoring, curriculum, and elective experiences which supplement rather than replace the categorical internal medicine curriculum. Building on the rigor of the Columbia training program, the pathway provides structure while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to individual residents' interests and development during residency. The pathway does not have a separate match number, and residents have the option to join the pathway after matching to the Columbia residency.
The GPC pathway complements the curriculum by broadening the resident education from the care of individual patients to the care of populations. Lectures and a monthly journal club occur throughout the year, and are given by both residents and faculty from General Medicine, as well as invited speakers from the School of Public Health and the Department of Health. Residents are matched with a research mentor, primarily from the Division of General Medicine, based on the resident's individual clinical. A unique opportunity available to our residents is an elective at the New York City Department of Health, where residents can collaborate and engage with one of the country's top health departments. During the third year, residents have the option of participating in a Global Health Elective in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
The GPC pathway is most importantly a community of residents and faculty with common interests and career goals. The mentoring and support that occurs during regular gatherings, formal and informal, inspire new ideas and collaborations, and expand horizons.
Maria E. Hamm, MD
Director, Generalist/Primary Care Pathway