Columbia University Primary Care Fellowship in Community Health

Columbia University offers an exciting 2-year fellowship program in general academic medicine, pediatrics and family medicine, with a focus on urban community health. The Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Community Health is a collaborative effort of the Divisions of General Pediatrics and General Medicine and the Center for Family and Community Medicine, the Mailman School of Public Health and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  The purpose of this fellowship is to provide a strong academic and clinical foundation for primary care physicians who, for the duration of their careers, will remain dedicated to the care of poor minority children, adolescents and adults and who, as general academic physicians, will become leaders in the campaign to reduce health disparities.

This fellowship focuses on two areas, health disparities and community health research and entails:

1.       Advanced training in research skills including completion of research projects and a publishable manuscript(s) in urban community health;

2.       Pursuit of a Master's degree in Public Health or Masters of Science at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health;

3.       Core didactic curriculum in fellows' meetings consisting of research skills and academic development;

4.       Clinical practice and teaching of primary care in an urban, underserved community in New York City.


Each Fellow is assigned to a research advisor and to a mentor within the Divisions of General Medicine and Pediatrics and the Center for Family and Community Medicine who monitors overall progress of the Fellow and his or her research. At the conclusion of the fellowship, trainees have a broad exposure to primary care research and the necessary in-depth research training to begin careers as independent clinical investigators.

Fellows will be expected to prepare their work for presentation at regional and national meetings as well as prepare at least one publishable manuscript. Recent fellows have conducted projects related to mental health, cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disease, immunizations, diabetes, immigrant health, stroke, health services research, obesity, medical education, medical home,  breastfeeding, and child abuse.

Research training may focus on core disciplines including health services research, health disparities, epidemiology, and community health. Fellows have the opportunity to draw on the linkages between the three primary care programs and both the Columbia University NIH funded CTSA and the Center for the Health of Urban Minorities, a National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities(NCMHD) EXPORT center.

Mailman School of Public Health

The Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in New York City, and was one of the first schools of public health in the nation. The School of Public Health is committed to addressing health needs, both locally in the Washington Heights and Harlem communities as well as globally, through its research, education, and service agenda. The School offers an outstanding research and degree programs in epidemiology, biostatistics, population family health, health administration,  socio-medical sciences and environmental health. Our collaboration with the School of Public Health, not only allows our fellowship trainees to receive advanced training in public health, but also offers opportunities for research and professional collaboration as well as a rich environment of courses and seminars.

Fellows Meetings

Fellows take part in the bi-weekly fellows' meetings. In these meetings, fellows have the opportunity to present their research at various stages of development as well as learn necessary academic skills such as use of statistical software, research ethics, manuscript preparation, grant writing,  and job planning.

Clinical Practice

The Divisions of General Medicine and Pediatrics and the Center for Family and Community Medicine have a well-established network of primary care practices in the community staffed by faculty and residents, as well as a commitment to community health. Each of these community health centers is located in an urban, underserved community. Fellows will join one of our practices where they will manage a panel of patients and precept residents and medical students.  Fellows will have their own patient panel and see patients for 2 clinical sessions a week. Starting mid-way through their first year, fellows begin to co-precept residents as well. Fellows also have an option to spend two weeks co-attending on the inpatient wards.