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Community Health Residency Track

The community health residency track, part of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Internal Medicine Residency program, is committed to fostering the clinical skills and cultural competency residents need to become highly proficient primary care physicians, specialists, and healthcare leaders who are experienced in serving diverse and vulnerable patient populations.

Residents in this track practice academic community medicine, through which they explore novel models of care delivery, participate in community-based research, leverage new technologies to smooth transitions of care, and drive innovations in medical education, as they care for a diverse patient population primarily at NYU Langone locations in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The community health track works closely with the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Internal Medicine Residency program. The programs share faculty and academic standards and expectations, have the same curriculum, rotate on the same inpatient and outpatient rotations, and have access to the same research opportunities at both of our Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses.

Scheduled rotations take place at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, a 450-bed teaching hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion in Manhattan, and the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, a Federally Qualified Health Center network in Brooklyn that receives funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to provide primary care services in underserved areas.

Residents gain experience caring for a population that reflects the cultural diversity of the borough of Brooklyn, with opportunities to serve Latino and Hispanic, Chinese, Orthodox Jewish, Arabic, and Russian populations. Our program graduates are nationally recognized for their clinical preparation and go on to careers in both general internal medicine and medical subspecialties.

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) code for the community health residency track is 2978140M1. Applicants should rank the community health residency track to indicate their interest and are encouraged to apply and rank both the community health residency track and Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Internal Medicine Residency program when considering training options at NYU Langone’s Brooklyn locations.

Community Health Track Curriculum

Both the community health residency track and the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Internal Medicine Residency program expose trainees to in-depth ambulatory internal medicine and community health curricula in two-week outpatient blocks. Each outpatient block is thoughtfully designed by faculty and program leadership who work together across the internal medicine and primary care academic umbrella in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.

A spiral curriculum allows residents to return to and continuously build on core primary care and community health concepts, ultimately developing a superior skillset that is geared toward practicing high-quality medicine for complex and underserved patients.

A commitment to delivering high-quality care to underserved patients infuses the themes and clinical skills development taught in each block and is reinforced during continuity clinic and subspecialty clinics.

Inpatient Clinical Training

Inpatient clinical training primarily consists of rotations at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, which include general acute care, intensive care, consultative medicine, and emergency medicine. Residents are exposed to a broad diversity of acute pathology, hone skills to effectively teach on the fly, and participate in unique programs to bridge patients from the hospital into the community.

There is a robust inpatient didactic program that consists of resident-led, case-based conferences; rapid response simulation; procedural training; and point-of-care ultrasound instruction. Residents also gain inpatient subspecialty exposure through scheduled rotations at Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, where they rotate on the hematology and pulmonology services.

Ambulatory Clinical Training

At the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, our network of Brooklyn-based clinics includes 8 primary care and specialty clinics, more than 40 school-based health and dental clinics, an extensive behavioral health program, and a community medicine program that treats homeless and marginalized populations throughout New York City.

We serve more than 100,000 patients and average 600,000 visits annually, providing a wide array of social support services for adults, children, and families. Many patients who receive care at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn receive outpatient care through the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, allowing for smoother transitions of care and unique follow-up opportunities after hospital discharge.

Residents participate in a continuity clinic at the Adult Medicine Program—Family Health Centers at NYU Langone and Park Ridge Family Health Center at NYU Langone. A small group of dedicated core faculty act as preceptors, ensuring high-quality care for patients and a small group learning environment for residents.

Postgraduate Year 1

During the first year of residency (postgraduate year 1, or PGY-1), the focus is on core clinical and critical systems-based problem-solving skills that are integral to providing comprehensive, high-quality primary care to a complex patient population. Residents are introduced to home visits and local resources, giving them a high-level understanding of community-based patient care that is built upon throughout the three years of residency. Two-week outpatient blocks include community health and home care, the essentials of primary care (part 1), and psychosocial medicine.

Postgraduate Years 2 and 3

The clinical and community-based care skills and medical knowledge instilled during PGY-1 are reviewed and expanded upon in PGY-2 and PGY-3, as residents enter a more independent phase of practice. Two-week outpatient blocks include addiction medicine, clinical epidemiology, dermatology, the essentials of primary care (parts 2 and 3), gender-based and sexual health, health policy, musculoskeletal, quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS), and research skills.

Contact Us

The community health residency track is overseen by Daniel Sartori, MD, and Rachael W. Hayes, MD, associate program co-directors. For more information, email

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