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Home Visit Program

Mark Altshuler, former Resident and now Assistant Program Director, caring for a patient in her home
Mark Altshuler, former Resident and now
Assistant Program Director, caring for a
patient in her home

The Home Visit Program established in 1981 has received national attention as a model of an urban, physician-based, home visit program. Two half-days each week a team of a resident, attending, medical student and social worker delivers care to homebound patients.

The Home Visit Program offers a tremendous educational opportunity to visit and provide medical care to patients in their home environment. Physicians are able to see first-hand the problems a patient may have with the physical layout of the apartment or house, and may meet the patient's caregiver and/or extended family to help evaluate the patient's support system. Additionally, residents conduct community visits and assessments on patients within their continuity panel in order to increase their contextual understanding of their own patients’ health status.