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Family and Community Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Family and Community Medicine, New York Medical College (NYMC). It was established in 1978, and is one of the largest family medicine departments in the NY metro area, boasting over 200 physicians, public health professionals and administrators, midwives, dieticians, nurse practitioners and other health professionals.

The purpose of the Department is to produce sufficient primary care physicians to meet the needs of the NY metro area, and the wider United States; to ensure that each NYMC student has been taught the generalist competencies they need to become great doctors; and to provide the community and preventive medicine education and training that students and residents need to improve health and function effectively in our complex healthcare system.

The Department is responsible for a 6 week Family Medicine Clerkship for 3rd year students where all students are placed in ambulatory practices in New York and New Jersey. Students receive one-on-one instruction from physicians in their offices and work on and refining clinical skills especially with regard to focused history and physical examination on undifferentiated patients.  Through two on campus teaching days students receive interactive shops and simulation in topics such as musculoskeletal exam techniques, medical error disclosure, medical documentation and evidence-based medicine. All students complete a required service learning project in which they address a community need through collaboration with other healthcare professionals and then reflect on lessons learned through the experience.

We contribute numerous faculty to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education courses, especially Foundations of Clinical Medicine-1 (FCM-1); Foundations of Clinical Medicine-2 (FCM-2); Clinical Correlations; and Transition to 3rd Year.

We offer the following electives for 4th year students: Family Medicine Electives at our affiliated residency programs; Complementary and Alternative Medicine with a Special Focus on Homeopathy; Computers in Health Sciences; Preventive Medicine Elective, and Rural Medicine for America’s Veterans in Beckley, WV.

The NYMC Dept. of Family and Community Medicine includes 4 family medicine residency programs, which is the largest number by any such department in the State. In addition to the undergraduate division which is based on the college campus, these residencies comprise the other 5 divisions of the department: the New York Medical College Family Medicine Residency Program at St Joseph’s in Yonkers; the New York Medicine College Hoboken University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in New Jersey; the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program in Sleepy Hollow; and the St Joseph Paterson/NYMC Family Medicine Residency Program in Paterson, NJ.

Sonia A. Velez, M.D., J.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine