Primary Care Pathway

The Internal Medicine Residency offers a Primary Care Pathway for approximately six residents per year. Residents who are interested in primary care medicine will participate in a curriculum specifically designed to teach the unique aspects of outpatient medicine and population health that are essential to our dramatically evolving health care system. Residents will be exposed to exciting aspects of the future ambulatory health care delivery system including a model Patient Care Medical Home, the latest care management systems and outpatient palliative care. Residents will also be introduced to Extensivist Medicine, a newly defined field in internal medicine that focuses on providing comprehensive and coordinated care to patients with multiple complex medical conditions.

Residents will choose between a community based indigent patient clinic, a full service V.A. ambulatory clinic or a large multispecialty medical group, to serve as the home base for their primary care training. Additionally, all resident will have the flexibility to train at many other ambulatory sites in order to experience different patient populations and different systems of practice. Residents in this pathway will receive ongoing mentorship from experienced and skilled outpatient physicians at their home site.

Over the course of the three years, residents in the Primary Care Pathway will spend an increased proportion of time in the ambulatory clinics. Rotations in the ambulatory setting can occur at a variety of clinical sites and will include rotations in non-medical subspecialty areas that cover common outpatient conditions (e.g., women's health clinic, dermatology, ENT, urgent care, LGBT medicine, sports medicine). The Primary Care Pathway is integrated into a new four-plus-one structure in our internal medicine residency program that provides one-week blocks of continuity ambulatory clinics every fifth week throughout the three-year residency. These one-week experiences are supplemented by an additional 38 weeks of ambulatory medicine clinical, didactic and quality improvement rotations.

Residency applicants interested in Primary Care Pathway should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service to Cedars-Sinai Internal Medicine Primary Care Pathway track. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match number for this program is 1030140M0. In accordance with the NRMP policy, we do not contact candidates to inquire about their interest in the program at any point in the application, interview or match process. However, please feel free to contact us if you have questions about our program. We would be happy to answer your questions at any time.