Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care

DPM is one of seven sites of Harvard's Fellowship Program in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care. The Fellowship is one of the training leading programs in the nation and has produced numerous academic leaders in General Medicine research, education, and health care. Continuously funded by Health Resources and Services Administration and other sources for over two decades, the Fellowship provides research training and experience under the direction of highly qualified mentors. Click here for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care website

DPM provides a particularly rich environment for the fellows in the program, for a number of reasons:

1) Our strong mentorship program. A large proportion of faculty have received mentorship awards, and DPM received the 2017 Harvard Medical School Culture of Excellence in Mentoring award (described in the Leadership and Administration section);

2) The interdisciplinary nature of the department.  General medicine fellows sit, interact, and sometimes collaborate with pediatric and health policy faculty and fellows in the department;

3) Unique research opportunities. DPM is among leading academic departments in the country studying systems of care, health insurance design, and chronic diseases across the lifespans of patients;

4) Data resources: DPM hosts several of the largest and richest datasets in the country for studying health policies, trends in patient outcomes, disease populations, and rare conditions.  

Each year the Harvard-wide Fellowship selects six to eight fellows from a national pool of applicants, one or two of whom are based in DPM. Fellows are funded by federal grants or other funds for two years of study, and they occasionally spend a third year at DPM. Most fellows attend classes at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Clinical Effectiveness track, which is specifically designed for physicians, and complete a master's degree. DPM fellows also participate in curricula in teaching and caring for the underserved, see patients part-time (usually at an Atrius office), and have the opportunity to teach in HMS courses directed by department faculty. Most of their time, however, is spent conducting clinical epidemiology, health policy, and delivery science research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Over the years of DPM’s participation with the Harvard General Medicine and Primary Care Fellowship, 20 fellows have been based in our department. The vast majority of alumni continue as primary care generalists in academic medicine and many have major leadership positions in academics, policy development, and internal medicine.