The Department of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine is committed to training future physicians to combine compassionate patient-centered care with the highest quality evidence-based medicine. We are clinicians, educators, and researchers, exploring cutting edge models of primary care delivery that best serve our patients and our communities, especially communities with limited resources.
Family Medicine News
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We are so delighted to share with you the wonderful news that Dr. Deb Erlich has selected as the 2019-2020 winner of the Milton O. M30 and Natalie V. Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize for Innovation in Medical Education.
She was elected based on her work in the Family Medicine Clerkship and her innovative use of technology to ensure excellence in education in the face of the Covid pandemic. She has worked with the students, the community preceptors, and her Family Medicine Clerkship team to re-invent the Family Medicine Clerkship during the last six months, making sure that the highest standards of education are maintained in the Department of Family Medicine.
Five Family physicians have received this award over the last 18 years.
As we approach 2020, we are delighted to report two pieces of wonderful news about the growth of our Department of Family Medicine at Tufts.
Dr. Amy Lee will become Vice Chair of Academic Affairs.
Dr. Deb Erlich will become Vice Chair for Education.
They join Allen Shaughnessy and Ashley Duggan who are Co-Vice Chairs of Research in the Department, as our four Vice Chairs.
Two decades ago, Amy Lee was recognized as a talented medical educator during her residency by the Department of Family Medicine and the Dean of Educational Affairs. Since then, she has taught in the Department of Family Medicine for almost two decades. During this time, she has been the medical school’s leader in the “Key Theme” of cultural competency and now is one of the leaders in forming the new “Threads” of our new medical school curriculum. Amy has led our student advising efforts and has been the school’s AOA Faculty Councilor. She also has done some impressive research in medical education and has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Lee’s responsibilities in this new role will include helping to develop and manage the academic strategy of the department, directing Family Medicine student advising, overseeing faculty development and promotion, and promoting educational scholarly activities. She will continue her teaching role in the Family Medicine Clerkship and her leadership roles on a number of school-wide committees.
In just over a decade post-residency, Deb Erlich has completed her Master Teacher Fellowship, created and led a new Family Medicine Residency, directed the Family Medicine Clerkship at Tufts, and served as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Medical School. She also has done excellent work with the Dean of Student Affairs in establishing and cultivating affiliation relationships with the medical school.
Dr. Erlich’s responsibilities in this new role will feature overseeing all educational activities from the Department of Family Medicine and she will continue to direct the FM Clerkship. Deb will utilize her expertise in national medical education trends and data to keep our department on the cutting edge as we move forward into a new decade. She will continue to recruit talented community faculty and participate in medical education research endeavors.
Congratulations Dr. Parra Tomkins and Dr. Rachel Vogel!
Dr. Tomkins is the 2019 Robert Wesselhoeft, III Teaching Award recipient, awarded annually to a teacher of Family Medicine who has demonstrated service, integrity and excellence in teaching.
Dr. Vogel received the Ylisabyth S. Bradshaw Teaching Award, awarded annually to a teacher of Family Medicine who has demonstrated compassion, mentorship and excellence in teaching.”
Both were presented their awards at the Primary Care Precepting XXI faculty development conference on April 26, 2019. Both awards are richly deserved as Dr. Tomkins and Dr. Vogel have both been dedicated, talented, and generous educators for over a decade.
The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) has awarded Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd, Best Manuscript 2018 for Why use group visits for opioid use disorder treatment in primary care? A patient-centered qualitative study. Dr. Sokol teaches and provides patient care at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Many Tufts students fulfill both their FM Clerkship and Longitudinal Preceptorship at a network of Cambridge Health Alliance community health centers, including the CHA Malden Family Medicine Center where the Tufts Family Medicine Residency is located. Tufts FM residents also spend time in Cambridge Health Alliance Hospitals including CHA Everett Hospital and Cambridge Hospital. The Chief of Family Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance is Dr. Laura Sullivan.
Maine Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine officially launched their affiliation with the medical school class of 2013, which began in August of 2009. About 36 students in each class are on the Maine track. These students complete portions of their first and second year coursework as well as their entire third year in Maine. Family Medicine faculty from the Department of Family Medicine at MMC host students for their Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, as well as their Longitudinal Preceptorship and the Scientific Foundations of Social and Behavioral Medicine (SFSBM) course. The Chair of Family Medicine at MMC is Dr. Beth Wilson. The Family Medicine Director of Medical Student Education at Maine Medical Center is Dr. Peg Cyr. The Family Medicine Program Director is Dr. Alison Samitt. The Course Co-Director for Scientific Foundations of Social and Behavioral Medicine is Dr. Vicky Hayes.
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) has achieved its mission of serving its community for the about three decades. Many Tufts students observe this mission first-hand, fulfilling both their FM Clerkship and CAP at GLFHC. The Lawrence Family Medicine Residency is also an affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine. The Family Medicine Program Director is Dr. Wendy Barr. The GLFHC Coordinator of Medical Student Education is Dr. Keith Nokes.
Many Tufts students fulfill both their FM Clerkship and Longitudinal Preceptorship at Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC). LCHC serves an extremely diverse community and offers students a rich experience in serving the underserved.
Longitudinal Family Medicine Curriculum
- Medical Interviewing and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
FM Faculty: Wayne Altman, Amy Lee, Clinton Pong, Sarah Rosenberg-Scott, Vicky Hayes, Bethany-Rose Daubman, Josh St. Louis
- Evidence-Based Medicine
Allen Shaughnessy, Deborah Erlich, Jessica Early
- CAP (Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary care)
- Scientific Foundations of Social and Behavioral Medicine
Richard Glickman-Simon, Vicky Hayes
- Summer Externship
- CAP (Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary care)
- 3rd Year Orientation
- Family Medicine Clerkship
Deborah Erlich, Amy Lee, Wayne Altman, Damian Archer, Lucy Berrington, Warren Bodine, Libby Bradshaw, Tracy Clarke, Amer El-Haddad, Jeff Geller, Richard Glickman-Simon, Honor MacNaughton, Kiame Mahaniah, Sarah Rosenberg-Scott, Glenn Rothfeld, Greg Sawin, Allen Shaughnessy, Andy Smith, Josh St. Louis, Clinton Pong, AnnaMarie Vu
- Clinical Skills Inter-Clerkship
Wayne Altman, Stephanie Silverman, Richard Glickman-Simon, Libby Bradshaw, Miguel Martinez, Kiame Mahaniah
- Geriatrics Elective
- Healthcare IT Elective
Alan Drabkin, Brian Herrick
- OB Elective
Kathe Miller, Keith Nokes
- Reproductive Medicine Elective
- Sports Medicine Elective
- Family Medicine Acting Internship
Jessica Early, Keith Nokes, Maine Medical Center
- Family Medicine Exploration Elective
- Spanish Immersion Elective
- Advanced Urban Family Medicine Elective
Family Medicine Clerkship
The Family Medicine Clerkship, directed by Dr. Deborah Erlich, is a six-week rotation that offers students the unique opportunity to experience a diversity of patients and patient presentations that will help them prepare for whatever field of medicine they eventually choose.
The family medicine community faculty includes over 250 teachers at greater than 100 sites throughout New England. While there are sites as far away as Cape Cod, Vermont, and Maine, over 80% of the sites are less than a 45 minute drive from Boston and many are located right here in Greater Boston.
Students spend four days each week with their preceptors, seeing patients autonomously and receiving direct observation and individualized feedback. They perform one home visit, complete an end-of-life advance directive, and to learn to care for a wide variety of medical conditions.
Students spend one day each week back at Tufts for interactive didactic case discussions based on characters from four standardized families of differing cultural backgrounds. The didactic case discussions explore bio-psycho-social issues pertaining to the members of these families and help students understand how the philosophies of family medicine promote excellent patient care. Highlights of didactic days include several standardized patient exercises as well as interactive workshops on information mastery, dermatology, women's health, underserved medicine, sports medicine and many more core Family Medicine topics. As part of the clerkship, students also complete an interactive, evidence-based online nutrition course, the Nonprofit Gaples Institute Nutrition Course for Health Professionals, and then apply its principles to a faculty-observed, standardized patient interview. The didactic days, taught and facilitated by over 22 different faculty, receive outstanding anonymous feedback from the students.
Master Teacher Fellowship
The Master Teacher Fellowship is a two-year program aimed at developing family medicine faculty to take leadership roles in developing competency-based education in community and university-based settings. This full-time, onsite fellowship focuses on effective teaching skills, competency-based curriculum development, distance learning, creation of the patient-centered medical home, and the practice and teaching of information mastery. Upon completion of the requisite coursework and a Masters Dissertation, a Masters in Medical Education degree is awarded.
For more information on the Master Teacher Fellowship, contact:
Allen Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Director, Master Teacher Fellowship
Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance
195 Canal Street
Malden, MA 02148
Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship
This one-year fellowship aims to develop leaders who will promote and teach full-spectrum reproductive health care, including abortion, within primary care. The fellowship is full-time, based at Cambridge Health Alliance and run in collaboration with the Reproductive Health Access Project. The fellow works closely with faculty and residents from the Tufts CHA Family Medicine Residency Program to develop clinical, academic and advocacy skills. The fellow spends one year as a "trainer in training," learning to perform full spectrum reproductive health procedures, integrate these services into primary care settings and teach these procedures to others. Fellows develop teaching skills through leading didactic sessions for medical students and residents and by presenting at academic meetings. Advocacy experience is gained by partnering with primary care and reproductive health organizations on projects which increase access to reproductive health care. For more information please visit the fellowship web page at: Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship.
Tufts Family Medicine Residency
Tufts University FM Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance
Program Director: Gregory Sawin, MD
The main residency teaching site for Family Medicine at Tufts is located at Cambridge Health Alliance in Malden, MA. Tufts University has a well-respected university and medical school, and Boston is a city known throughout the world for its teaching hospitals and quality of life. Residents benefit from carefully selected regular rotations at our tertiary partner Tufts Medical Center in Boston and enjoy an intensive longitudinal experience at the Family Medicine Center in the diverse city of Malden.
Tufts University Family Medicine Residency was one of 14 sites chosen via a national competition to participate in a program to transform Family Medicine and create new models of residency training known as P4 (Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice).
Tufts Residency Affiliates
Lawrence Family Medicine Residency
Program Director: Wendy Barr, MD
As a teaching affiliate of Tufts University Department of Family Medicine, The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) and its Family Medicine Residency provides healthcare, social services and health education to an average of 42,000 patients a year. The busy community health center network and adjacent single-residency community teaching hospital has always been an innovative and progressive place, starting in 1994 as the nation’s first accredited Community Health Center-sponsored family medicine residency. The residency is not just in Lawrence—it is an integral part of Lawrence, and Lawrence is an integral part of the residency. The residency's goal is to train the best primary care physicians in the world and for the world.
Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency
Program Director: Alison Samitt, MD
The Maine Medical Center recently affiliated with Tufts University to create Maine's first allopathic medical school. The Maine Medical Center will serve as a primary teaching site for Tufts "Maine track" students, with family medicine residents and faculty providing teaching throughout the four-year medical school curriculum in addition to their residency program. The Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program evolved from the oldest General Practice residency in Maine. Continuing a tradition of medical education begun in 1874, Maine Medical Center converted its residency program in General Practice to a three-year program in Family Medicine in 1973. At that time the program's Family Practice Center opened its doors and has been serving the healthcare needs of Portland's East End neighborhood ever since. The residency is devoted to providing a superior educational experience for Family Medicine residents and students as well as comprehensive, high quality healthcare to patients, families, and our community.