The New York-Presbyterian Hospital: Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH-CUMC) combines a strong emphasis on underserved and community oriented care with the resources of a major academic medical center. The core of our training happens at the Farrell Community Health Center, our Family Medicine faculty and resident outpatient office located at 158th street in upper Manhattan. Most of the residency's inpatient rotations take place at the Allen Hospital -- a 200 bed community hospital branch of New York Presbyterian Hospital that is located three miles north of the main campus.


Training in primary and preventive continuity care takes place principally at the Family Medicine at the Family Health Center. Our FHC has teaching sessions dedicated to skin procedures, colposcopy, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral health, integrative medicine, and abortion/reproductive health that are taught by Family Medicine faculty. Residents also work with podiatry, OB/GYN, and GI specialists in our FHC. Outside of our office, residents rotate through general surgery clinics, urology, adult and pediatric orthopedics, rheumatology, gynecology/family planning, psychiatry, subspecialty pediatrics, dermatology, ENT, and dental clinics. Residents have 3 months of elective time to pursue specific individual interests.


Essential Family Medicine core learning experiences that are incorporated continuously into their three years of training include the following: Behavioral Sciences, Health promotion, -disease prevention, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, didactic curriculum, community-oriented primary care, maternal care, family planning/reproductive health, adult and pediatric inpatient continuity, home visits, nursing home continuity, narrative medicine, quality improvement, and the research curriculum. We also received a grant through the Weil Foundation for residents to receive additional training in integrative medicine.


The Family Medicine Inpatient Service at the NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital provides the opportunities for residents to learn the skills and knowledge crucial for hospital care. The inpatient service team consists of one senior day resident (a PGY2 or PGY3), two first-year residents, and a senior night float resident. The service accepts patients admitted from the Emergency Department and from the resident and faculty practices. Teaching in the inpatient service is provided by two faculty family medicine physicians, a behavioral scientist, a PHD ethics/narrative medicine specialist, and a full array of sub-specialty consultants. Most residents feel that their experience at the Allen Hospital is one of the strengths of their residency experience at NYP/Columbia.

The Allen Hospital also provides our residents in training hospital experiences in the other major specialties. During their two and a half months of maternity training, residents experience the busy labor floor and postpartum wards, working one-on-one with members of the Family Medicine OB Faculty as well as the Allen obstetricians. The one month intensive care rotation allows residents to learn care for the critically ill under the supervision of intensivists from Columbia University´s Department of Medicine. The residents also rotate for one month with the general surgery service working directly with Columbia surgery residents and faculty. Finally, residents spend one month on the adult psychiatry service, learning directly from their faculty how to perform psychiatric evaluations and how to treat patients with psychiatric illnesses and/or chemical dependence, including inpatient referrals from other services. 

The remainder of required specialty experiences takes place at New York-Presbyterian Hospital: Columbia University Medical Center's main campus, including a month long inpatient pediatrics rotation under the supervision of the Department of Pediatrics at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York. Residents also spend three months total in our busy pediatric and adult emergency departments.

Residency training occurs off campus as well. A longitudinal geriatrics curriculum centered at Schervier Nursing Care Center provides Family Medicine residents with excellent geriatric training from Family Medicine faculty physicians. Starting in the second year, each resident is assigned two continuity nursing home patients that he/she will follow over time. Residents also do home visits with their patients in the community throughout their three years of training.


The didactic curriculum at the Family Medicine Residency Program is an important cornerstone of our residents' education. Thursday afternoons are dedicated to talks and workshops on a rotating series of topics. We have a diverse Family Medicine faculty involved in teaching. We offer lectures and talks from an outstanding group of world-class subspecialists from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. We also invite some of the best medical educators from other New York and national institutions to lecture for our residents. Our own second and third year residents also take part in presenting a wide variety of Family Medicine didactics. The residency takes an active role in getting resident feedback to constantly improve and diversify the didactic curriculum.

On Wednesday mornings, we host a Morning Report session before we start patient care. This is a resident led, case-based presentation focusing on common outpatient topics. Our inpatient service also has its own didactic curriculum in addition to hands-on learning.


First Year

Family Medicine Inpatient Service          16 weeks

Obstetrics I                                            8 weeks

ICU                                                        4 weeks

Family Health Center                              4 weeks

Pediatric Inpatient                                  4 weeks

Ambulatory Pediatrics                             4 weeks

General Surgery I                                    4 weeks

Vacation                                                 4 weeks

Community Oriented Primary Care          4 weeks

Research/QI                                           longitudinal

Second Year

Women's Health                                      4 weeks

Behavioral Medicine                                4 weeks

Elective                                                  4 weeks

Musculoskeletal Medicine                       4 weeks

Neonatology/Newborn Nursery               4 weeks

Obstetrics II                                           2 weeks

Geriatrics                                               4 weeks

Pediatric Emergency Medicine                 4 weeks

Adult Emergency Medicine                      4 weeks

Family Health Center                              4 weeks

Family Medicine Inpatient Service           10 weeks

Vacation                                                 4 weeks

Research/QI                                           longitudinal

Third Year

Electives                                                8 weeks

Musculoskeletal Medicine                       4 weeks

ENT/Dental/Ophthalmology                   2 weeks

Dermatology                                          4 weeks

Practice Management                             4 weeks

Family Medicine Inpatient Service          10 weeks

Ambulatory Pediatrics                            4 weeks

Adult Emergency Medicine                     4 weeks

Behavioral Medicine                               4 weeks

Vacation                                                4 weeks

Research/QI                                          longitudinal