Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Community Medicine & Population Health

The Department of Family and Community Medicine at TJUH has long pursued opportunities to partner with local communities to: 1) assist in identifying needs; 2) expand access to care, and; 3) provide timely, age and culturally appropriate educational materials.  Indeed, the centrality of "community" to the mission of the Department and the residency program was highlighted by the addition of "Community" to the Department's official title in 2005.

An overall goal of our residency program is to train residents to meet the health needs of underserved communities through various community health based rotations. These unique rotations, expose our residents to different organizations that seek to improve the health of vulnerable populations in Philadelphia. Through a series of home visits, on-site exposure at public, federal and city health agencies, residents are able to understand the concept of community oriented primary care, have an overview of the health problems of Philadelphia, and develop an understanding of the role that social agencies and the Department’s social workers have in addressing patient and family needs.  

Refugee Health is an integral component of our residency curriculum, and affords our residents a unique learning, and service opportunity when caring for this population of patients. In 2007, the Department began a special clinic wholes focus is to provide health screens to refugees nearly arrived in the United States. We screen approximately 5-10 new refugees each week, and have continued to provide ongoing care for others, including management of chronic conditions, facilitating access to specialists, and providing obstetric and pediatric care. Through refugee office and home visits, residents are able to build trust in the refugee community, improve their understanding of family systems, broaden their medical experience and develop their cultural competencies.  

Community Partners

Addiction Medicine and Health Advocates

AMHA is an outpatient, medication-assisted treatment facility providing methadone maintenance and counseling services to individuals dependent upon opiates.  Interns have the opportunity to observe the following clinical activities as part of their shadowing experience at AMHA: Assessments, Intakes, Physical exams, Medication checks, Methadone dispensing and Therapy (group or individual) sessions.

Health Promotion Council of Southeastern PA

Jeff HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Prevention, and Education) is a student-run clinic founded in 1993 to provide free health care to a diverse population of underserved individuals. The organization is made up of four clinics based in local homeless shelters and one based at a Prevention Point needle exchange site. Residents serve as preceptors to the students at each of these sites and assist them in the development of the skills necessary to perform histories and physicals and to develop appropriate patient assessments and plans. This opportunity affords residents with the chance to develop their skills as teachers, as well as learn about harm reduction techniques and the particular challenges faced by the homeless population.

Mazzoni Center: The rotation at the Mazzoni Center is a unique experience afforded to the residents of the Jefferson Family Medicine program. The medical clinic is located less than three blocks away from our main Family Medicine Center, but the patient population is distinct from that of our continuity clinic. The Mazzoni Center is an LGBT-focused clinic that is at the forefront of HIV/AIDS primary care, and contraception access. The physicians manage various aspects of HIV/AIDS care, from PrEp to HIV screenings, to new diagnoses and medication initiation. Residents also receive further training in contraception counseling and management, including LARCs at the center.

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

AIDS Activities Coordinating Office
Child and Adolescent Obesity Program
District Health Centers

Philadelphia Women's Center

Project HOME (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, and Education) was founded in 1988 with the mission to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty. As part of the curriculum, residents have multiple opportunities to work with Project HOME's street outreach teams to treat homeless individuals "where they are" throughout the city.  This experience provides unique insight into the prevalence of homelessness in Philadelphia, the daily lives of homeless individuals, and to some of the remarkable coping strategies that they have adopted.

Puentes de Salud (Bridges of Health)

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Stephen Klein Wellness Center

Youth Service, Inc.

Youth Emergency Services
Locust Mother Baby Home

Christine A. Arenson, MD

Christine A. Arenson, MD
Alumni Professor & Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

R. Patrick McManus, MD

R. Patrick
McManus, MD

Director, Residency Program

Daniel Doggett
Program Coordinator

Department of
Family & Community Medicine

833 Chestnut Street
Suite 301
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-2363
(215) 955-8600 fax

We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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