Program Director's Message
Our goal is to train leaders in primary care, medical education, research, community health, and health policy. Our faculty, residents, and staff share a deep commitment to education, research, and diversity. In keeping with our departmental mission, an integral aspect of our residency training is our commitment to community, with a particular focus on the medically-underserved populations in Philadelphia.
Thank you for your interest in our program. It is a true honor to serve as the Program Director for the Family and Community Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Our goal is to shape the future of healthcare in this country by training leaders in primary care, medical education, research, community health and health policy. Our faculty, residents and staff share a deep commitment to education, research and diversity. In keeping with our departmental mission, an integral aspect of our residency training is our commitment to community, with a particular focus on the medically-underserved populations in Philadelphia.
One of the aspects of our program that continues to impress me at Jefferson is the institutional respect for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, founded nearly 50 years ago! Our faculty and residents have a strong voice in medical education, community outreach, and research in our thriving university environment. Physicians from every department in the University refer ambulatory patients to our practice, Jefferson Family Medicine Associates (JFMA), for ongoing care. The Department is consulted regularly by other services at Jefferson for inpatient consultation. JFMA is the site for the majority of primary care activity within the University, and our Family Medicine inpatient service is one of the busiest and most diverse in the hospital.
We have been fortunate to attract faculty members and residents who bring a varied and broad base of experience, as well as a dedication to excellence. Each faculty member is responsible for developing areas of special expertise which they pursue through writing, research and community outreach. These special areas of expertise complement the teaching program for residents. This environment has permitted the residency program to attain the position it enjoys today as a nationally recognized outstanding university-based family and community medicine residency. In addition, our network of more than 40 years of graduates allows residents access to hundreds of family physicians across the globe.
Each year, we recreate the curriculum to meet not only the interests of our residents, but the needs of our community. In the past year alone we have expanded our number of Area of Concentration opportunities for PGY2 and PGY3 residents, created a social justice curriculum led by Dr. Krys Foster, our Department Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, increased training at the Wyss Wellness Center to care for the refugee and immigrant community who we have been working with since 2007 and opened our MAT clinic for the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
In the upcoming year, we will continue to find added ways to serve our community, regardless of the barriers they face. We have hired a faculty member and APD who will be focused exclusively on community medicine activities. With leadership from recent and current graduates, we also started a POCUS curriculum for all of our residents. And our most recent addition, is the creation of a new residency/MPH program that will allow our residents to take several public health classes during residency, followed by a 4th year fellowship to complete a MPH degree without any cost to the resident!
I was in your shoes in 2001, applying to Jefferson’s Family Medicine residency program, and I could not have made a better decision to train at Jefferson and then join the faculty in 2004. This is a special place and I look forward to meeting you in person and discussing the opportunities available to you at Jefferson. I truly appreciate your interest in our program and if you have additional questions please e-mail me directly at Marc.Altshuler@jefferson.edu.
Marc Altshuler, MD
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
What makes our program stand out?
Our residents are our mission and inspiration. They are the heart of our program - a close-knit group of colleagues and friends who work collaboratively to learn, care for complex and underserved patients, and pursue various career interests.
We are one of the largest Family Medicine departments in the country. The breadth and quality of our faculty is unparalleled, providing our residents with guidance and support for exploring diverse interests and career paths.
Family Medicine at Jefferson
Jefferson firmly believes in Family Medicine as the backbone of a strong health care system. One of the founders of our department went on to lead Thomas Jefferson University, and our involvement in leadership positions in the university continues to this day.
Living our University’s Mission
We put our patients and residents first.
We strive as a team to be bold and think differently, continually evaluating and improving our training program and care of patients.