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Massachusetts General Hospital
100 Cambridge Street, 16th floor
Boston, MA 02114

The MGH General Medicine Fellowship trains the next generation of academic generalists whose work addresses the most pressing challenges in modern medicine. Over two years, the MGH site offers fellows advanced training in research methods and mentored research training with the Division of General Internal Medicine’s (DGIM) research faculty. Fellows are matched with a dedicated faculty mentor and meet weekly with the fellowship director.


The MGH DGIM research faculty focuses on common clinical problems encountered in primary care, public health, and global health. Content areas of focus include important primary care research topics like cancer prevention, health disparities, substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, obesity, atrial fibrillation, and population health. The various content areas are linked by common methodological tools. These include epidemiologic study design, advanced biostatistical analysis, decision science, econometrics, implementation science, and behavioral psychology, among others.


The DGIM faculty and fellows have the opportunity to partner with key clinical, advocacy, and research organizations. These include Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea Health Center, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, and the Mass General Mongan Institute. The Mongan Institute is a multidisciplinary community of scientists and programs in population and healthcare delivery science dedicated to transforming healthcare and achieving health equity.


Our goal is to equip fellows with the tools, mentorship, and experience to create authentic, impactful, and thriving careers in academic general medicine.


The Massachusetts General Hospital General Medicine Fellowship site is in downtown Boston at 100 Cambridge Street, two blocks from the main hospital campus and in walking distance of public transportation and the hospital shuttle service to the Longwood Medical Area.


Examples of ongoing research programs in the Division include:

  1. Substance use disorders and their treatment in marginalized populations (Danielle Fine)

  2. Implementing evidence-based and digitally-enabled interventions that close gaps in care related to social determinants of health and improve clinical outcomes (Jocelyn Carter)

  3. Implementation of preventive genetic testing in routine clinical care (Leland Hull)

  4. Gun violence prevention (Chana Sacks)

  5. High-risk medical decision-making in older adults (Sachin Shah)

  6. Quality assessment and improvement in networked MGH primary care practices (Steven Atlas)

  7. Health care for people experiencing homelessness (Travis Baggett)

  8. Simulation modeling and cost-effectiveness analysis in medicine: HIV, TB, other chronic infections as well as non-communicable diseases in both high-income and low- and middle-income countries (Kenneth Freedberg)

  9. Tobacco treatment in health care settings and for marginalized populations; new medications and tobacco control policy, including the impact of e-cigarettes (Nancy Rigotti)

  10. Engaging patients in shared medical decision-making (Karen Sepucha and Michael Barry)

  11. Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and screening for atrial fibrillation (Daniel Singer, Jeff Ashburner, and Sachin Shah)

  12. Strategies to address obesity including lifestyle modification and promoting healthy food choices (Anne Thorndike)

  13. Tobacco treatment and harm reduction approaches for vulnerable smoking populations (Joanna Streck)

  14. Evaluation and implementation of new management strategies for patients with acute respiratory tract infections (Joshua Metlay)

  15. Cancer screening and prevention (Jennifer Haas)


Fellows will generally pursue research projects led by Division research faculty. A few examples from recent Fellows' research include:

  • Reported Risky Alcohol Use Among US Adults Prescribed 3 Classes of Chronic Alcohol–Interactive Medications (link)

  • Outcomes After Initiation of Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder at Hospital Discharge (link)

  • Changes to dietary and health outcomes following implementation of the 2012 updated US Department of Agriculture school nutrition standards: analysis using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2016 (link)

  • Societal Biases, Institutional Discrimination, and Trends in Opioid Use in the USA (link)

  • Association of Race/Ethnicity With Oral Anticoagulant Use in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Findings From the Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation II (link)

  • Provider Discussions of Genetic Tests With U.S. Women at Risk for a BRCA Mutation (link)

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