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The Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

The General Medicine Fellowship resides within the Cambridge Health Alliance’s in the Department of Medicine. The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a public institution and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The fellows’ research offices are sited at the Cambridge Hospital, located near Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Their clinical practices could be at either of CHA’s two hospitals or at one of its dozen community health centers.

The Department of Medicine provides comprehensive primary care and specialty services in a model of community-based care. Its mission is to provide the finest medical care to all patients regardless of ability to pay, while addressing public health concerns and promoting health behaviors in Everett, Somerville and Cambridge communities. Led by Dr. Richard Pels, Chief of Medicine, the Department has a well-established reputation for excellence in its clinical, academic, and research programs. The Division of Social and Community Medicine research group, of which our general medicine fellows become a part, meets weekly on Friday Mornings.

The Department of Medicine conducts health services research focused on: quality of care and access to care for a wide variety of medical and psychiatric conditions, particularly for underserved populations (racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, prisoners, the uninsured and those served by the health care safety-net); healthcare financing and health care reform; health information technology and consequences of commercial funding of research.

Examples of recent Fellows' research projects include:

  • Hypertension, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol among insured and the uninsured US adults

  • Health insurance and mortality in US adults

  • Health and healthcare of US prisoners: results from a nationwide survey

  • Insurance and access to care of veterans

  • Waits to see an emergency department physician: US trends and predictors

  • Characteristics of recipients of free prescription drug samples

  • Health care utilization of immigrants in the United States: an analysis using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

  • Racial disparities in access to psychiatric services

  • Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other associated risk factors in Asian Indians in the United States: a population-based study

  • Predictors of mental health screening of Latinos by medical doctors: an analysis of the National Latino and Asian American Study

  • Under-diagnosis and under-treatment of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia in immigrants

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