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Political Advocacy & Leadership Track (PALT)

Louise Slaughter with Family Medicine residents and Residency Director Steve Schultz.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) with

Family Medicine residents and

Residency Director Steve Schultz

This track supports residents who are interested in the policy making process that directs the delivery of health care in the U.S.  Residents who choose to participate are supported by the residency to:

  • Learn about the legislative issues that affect patients, medical education and healthcare policy
  • Develop an advocacy issue of personal interest
  • Serve on a New York State Academy of Family Medicine commission
  • Lobby in Albany, NY and Washington, D.C. to meet state senators and representatives as well as national leaders.


The Geriatric Area of Concentration is supported by the two Geriatric certified Family Physicians on our faculty. Requirements include:

  • Documentation of satisfactory completion of four weeks of approved geriatric medicine elective
  • Documentation of satisfactory completion of all scholarly work requirements, including copies of presentation materials used (posters, slides, etc.)
  • Copies of progress notes from additional geriatric home visits
  • Documentation of attendance at an approved geriatric medicine CME conference.

Global Health Track

Erin Lineman and Elizabeth Terragnoli in Honduras

Erin Lineman and Elizabeth Terragnoli in Honduras

Established in 2003, this track prepares highly motivated and accomplished residents to care for underserved populations anywhere in the world.  Up to six interested residents per class are selected to enter the global health track.  Each Fall and Spring trip usually has 7-8 residents traveling to work at the site.  While further detail can be found on the global health page of this site we would like to highlight a few important features of this track:

  • Didactic training  occurs in the US to prepare residents for working in international sites
  • GHT residents make up to 3 trips during their residency to work in an underserved setting in Honduras, which is the primary overseas site
  • Travel expenses and insurance are covered by the Program for times spent overseas
  • Department faculty teaches the didactic sessions as well as travels to Honduras with the residents
  • Training is also available to residents who want to participate in an international experience but do not wish to commit to the full GHT program.

Maternal & Child Health Track

Maternal and Child HealthOne of the long standing strengths of our program, maternal and child health, has remained an important focus with extensive obstetrical training for those residents who are particularly interested in including OB in their future practices. Some of the highlights of this track include:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology training occurs at Highland Hospital, a community hospital where residents generally accumulate experience with 40-60 deliveries in their required two blocks on service in the first year
  • Those who wish to pursue additional OB training have the opportunity to do another 2-3 blocks and can amass up to 100 or more deliveries, with opportunities to first assist Caesarean sections, as well as perform vacuum-extraction deliveries
  • OB track residents will  take second call on the Labor and Delivery service, providing an opportunity to be involved in all complicated deliveries and gain more experience with ultrasound, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and newborn care
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives are a constant presence on the labor deck and add to the diversity of the maternity care experience managing routine and high-risk patients.

Research Area of Concentration

Learning Objectives include:

  • To gain knowledge about the basics of research subject safety and  research study design
  • To gain experience in writing research study protocols and conducting a clinical research project
  • To develop academic scholarship skills in data analysis, writing up and presenting research findings
  • To gain networking experience in attending and presenting at national conferences
  • To gain exposure to different types of clinical research projects that can be done within the scope of family medicine.

Sports MedicineSports Medicine

The Sports Medicine Area of Concentration offers an opportunity for interested residents to expand their interest and exposure to the field, beyond what is offered through the Sports Medicine rotation in the 3rd year. Residents pursuing this area of concentration will have increased opportunities to:

  • Develop academic scholarship skills in sports medicine
  • Develop advanced examination skills of the musculoskeletal system
  • Gain additional experience and develop proficiency in the following areas:
  • Performing and evaluating exercise treadmill tests
  • Creating orthotics for injury management
  • Performing sports pre-participation physical exams
  • Assisting as team physician for various high school and college athletic programs
  • Diagnosing and managing sports medicine and orthopedic injuries
  • Caring for medical problems in the athlete
  • Performing orthopedic procedures, including: joint and soft tissue injection/aspiration, fracture management and reduction, casting and splinting, joint relocations, etc.