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This innovative combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency program (MP) is creating physician leaders who serve as systems-level change agents and provide effective, longitudinal, comprehensive, coordinated, person-focused care for the inner-city patient.
Johns Hopkins Medicine plays a crucial role in the health care of the underserved in Baltimore. Our urban health combined residency is training physicians in “family-oriented” urban primary care in the inner-city outpatient environment. The dual certification in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (MP) prepares our graduates to care comprehensively for patients of all ages throughout the entire life cycle and to address health disparities in our community. We have coupled the traditional MP curriculum with expanded training in the needs and problems prevalent in urban settings, such as psychiatric illness, urban violence, and substance abuse issues. Our program is creating primary care leaders who can effectively care for Baltimore City patients and families of all ages through collaboration with other health care professionals. As has been true of the graduates of Johns Hopkins training programs, our graduates will be the future leaders of urban primary care on a local, state, and national level.
Training consists of 24 months in pediatrics and 24 months in internal medicine and is completed over the first four years of the program. Our residents are seamlessly integrated with the Hopkins categorical programs. Residents switch departments every three months. The curriculum includes required inpatient rotations in general internal medicine and pediatrics with an emphasis on outpatient care and urban health experiences. Categorical Johns Hopkins residents are your colleagues on all inpatient rotations. In addition, our noon conference series emphasizes cost-effective care, quality improvement, patient safety, evidence-based practice, medical informatics, health care financing, ethics, end-of-life care, and practice management. Our residents receive essential training in cultural competency, including communication skills.
To maximize leadership potential, we will encourage all of our residents to earn a master’s degree during PGY5 and PGY6. During that time, they will practice as attending primary care physicians in a Baltimore inner-city practice where they are eligible for loan repayment of $25,000 to 50,000 per year. The physicians receive full tuition to support an advanced degree such as a MBA, MPH, masters of education, or masters of behavioral health. For those who already have an advanced degree, we encourage them to engage in community projects or community-based research during PGY5 and PGY6.