For more than fifty years, BronxCare has provided high quality graduate medical education to thousands of physicians who now practice in a wide spectrum of specialties and subspecialties across the world. BronxCare Health System sponsors more than 330 residents and fellows in 12 fully accredited Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) programs and three training programs in Dentistry, approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Training is offered in Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Surgery, as well as General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, and Orthodontics.
BronxCare Health System’s commitment to graduate medical education is rooted in the fundamental belief that a well-educated, well-trained, and socially conscious physician will provide patient care that is medically sound, clinically sound, compassionate, and safe.
“Our residents treat more than 50,000 patients every year. They are skilled at addressing the special challenges presented by an ethnically diverse, low income, and medically underserved patient population,”
A continuing challenge being addressed involves meeting the special needs of patients with psychiatric complications related to medical illnesses. A fellowship program in Psychosomatic Medicine is training psychiatrists in this field of study. Several initiatives to train the house staff in enhancing patient wellness, patient safety, and containing costs are also proving to be most effective. In addition, a federal residency training grant of $2.1 million over five years will enhance education for future Primary Care Physicians.
Graduate Medical Education is not immune from difficult economic conditions. In 2013, the New York City metropolitan area experienced the closure of several academic teaching hospitals and the loss of their affiliated residency programs. Many of these residents saw their training end in mid-cycle. BronxCare Health System extended a lifeline to several such residents, termed “orphan residents,” by accepting them into its established programs and thereby providing the opportunity to complete their respective residencies. “These residents, through no fault of their own, faced the possible ruin of their future medical careers, and BronxCare Health System's medical family was proud to reach out and help,” stated Dr. Venkatram.
“Graduate Medical Education at BronxCare will remain strong and rewarding,
with the continued support of our Chairmen, Residency and Fellowship Program Directors, Residency Coordinators, our Office of Graduate Medical Education, and the hospital’s Senior Management Team.”