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Community Medicine Track

Health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

 World Health Organization

This track is based on a philosophy that the traditional medical model must be considered in the contexts of social and political awareness, public health, and community-based work. Participation involves residents having their continuity clinic at Brightwood Health Center, as well as two blocks per year throughout residency dedicated to the study and practice of community medicine. One block’s focus is on outpatient clinical skills, while the other block focuses on social issues in health care and academic issues in pubic health.


  • To provide residents with the skills, knowledge, and perspective required for health care providers to understand, evaluate, and effectively address the health needs of any community.
  • To provide and educational experience that is focused within the categorical internal medicine residency program.

Highlights of the Track

  • Opportunities to work with community activists in Springfield
  • Primary Care at the Hampden County Correctional Center
  • Home visits to clinic patients, hospice patients & to AIDS patients with their nurse case managers
  • Participation in an interdisciplinary team providing health care and advocacy to migrant farm workers
  • Work at the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic

Community Medicine Didactics

Weekly seminars and discussions range from Anthropology and social science to the politics and economics of health care, globalization, international community health, community outreach and advocacy.  All CM residents will be expected to participate and present their project on current issues of interest to the group.


A spirit of activism infuses the community medicine track. Each resident receives guidance and supervision from attending physicians, community leaders, and public health professionals in a supportive environment which fosters personal and professional growth

Interested applicants can contact Linda Baillargeon in the Medical Education Office at 413.794.4373 or

Director of the Community Medicine Track

Dorothea Von Goeler, MD

Email Dr. Von Goeler