Medical Education


The Medical Student Education and Community Health Divisions coordinate the Service-Learning Program, a component of the Introduction to Health Care course, for all first-year medical students. Service-Learning provides medical students an opportunity to develop specific educational competencies not easily attained in traditional medical curriculum alone. These include: an appreciation for diversity; an awareness of community issues at the national and local levels; a heightened sense of civic responsibility; and a commitment to community service.


  • Maternal and Child Health Home Visit Program. Second and third year residents make home visits for high-risk prenatal patients as part of their community medicine curriculum. Community health promoters from Unity Health Care, Inc. accompany residents on their prenatal and post-partum visits. The program teaches resident physicians about the socio-economic barriers their patients may face and the community resources that are available to overcome them. For more information, please contact Program Director Pat Evans, M.D.
  • Community of Hope. Community of Hope is a nonprofit, community-based social services organization that has been supporting the District’s low-income and homeless families for over 20 years. At Community of Hope, family medicine residents provide prenatal and obstetrical care, supervised by department faculty. For more information, please contact Program Director Pat Evans, M.D.
  • Resident Initiated Activities. The residents can independently participate in the following ongoing activities:
    • St. Ann’s Medical Jeopardy Game: Resident physicians teach teen mothers about infant/child well-being and personal health (STIs, smoking, etc.) at the St. Ann’s Infant & Maternity Home.
    • Immunization Clinic at Congress Heights Health Center (Unity Health Care): Resident physicians assist in administering immunizations and teaching medical student volunteers at this DC Department of Health immunization clinic.
    • Tar Wars: Resident physicians conduct the smoking cessation program of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for 5th graders at local area schools.
  • Community Medicine Curriculum. The Division develops and coordinates the community medicine curriculum for the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. In this longitudinal, didactic, and experiential training program, residents learn how to access community resources, prioritize community needs and develop community-based programs. Residents also learn to utilize community resources including Medicaid, WIC, homeless shelters, mobile vans and food pantries through site visits and meetings. In their third year, residents spend a month learning the process of Community-Oriented Primary Care and conducting community-specific projects with partners in underserved neighborhoods.


For over twenty years, the Department of Family Medicine has trained family physician leaders through faculty development programs designed to offer the necessary skills to advance the scope and quality of health care through the media, policy, research, and community health center program development and implementation, both locally and nationally. Two of these programs, the Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellowship (formerly Primary Care Health Policy) and the Community Heath Leadership Development Fellowship (formerly Community Health Center Director Development) are pare of a five-year HRSA advanced training grant. All of the listed fellowships provide participants with an opportunity to advance their career development and foster leadership skills with a dynamic and culturally enriching academic environment.

  • Community Health Leadership Development Fellowship
  • Health and Media Fellowship
  • Medical Humanities Fellowship
  • Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Healthy Policy Fellowship