Welcome to RPSM Orientation Month: Understanding How Social Conditions Impact Health Problems in the Bronx       

The month's schedule can be accessed at this link: 

Weeks 1 & 2: Pediatrics and Family Medicine: Social Determinants of Health

Week 3: Mass Incarceration

Week 4: Immigration

Week 5: Working with the Community

A one page overview of the month can be accessed at this link: 

So, what is Orientation month?

"Orientation Month” was started in 1983 as a way of introducing interns to life in the Bronx and to the principles of social medicine.  We believe it is a completely unique course in residency education.

Our goal this month is to familiarize you with the communities in which you work and to help you place the clinical problems you face daily within a broader social context.  You will get exposure to organizing and advocacy skills, community health assessment skills, departmental and community programs/resources, and much more. There will be time to reflect on your professional identity as physicians and to practiCce strategies for maintaining vitality throughout residency and your career.

Orientation Month is structured around one broad theme: the social determinants that impact our community and clinical practice. As we recognize the breadth of the theme, we have selected to focus on specific topics each week to illustrate some of these determinants. This year, we will highlight issues of nutrition, housing, education, mass incarceration, immigration and advocacy. Much of the teaching during Orientation takes place outside of the formal classroom and emphasizes experiential learning. We want you to visit the Bronx, walk around your clinics, talk to patients and community leaders, and learn from one another.

We strive to create a course that is thought-provoking and critical, while remaining practical, and fun.  For that reason, your feedback is very important to us. Please keep a list of things you like about the course (or things you don't) and let us know.  

There are occasional schedule changes and we do our best to keep it updated.
Matt Anderson, MD  917-817-1986
Daniel O'Connell, MD  914-772-8078
Course Directors

Bedilia Jones
Administrative Assistant

The Students

Social Pediatrics

Samuel Gagne
Nadia Shobnam
Danielle Johnson
James Yuan
 Social Internal Medicine

Walkens Desir
Jacob Mclean
Xi (Kathy) Chu
Kimberly Lynch
Tania Marin Saquicela
Rafael Nicol
Jasmine Corona
Patricia Driscoll
Christopher Pina
Eric Woods

Family Medicine

Nell Baldwin
Sara Guevara
Rithika Mathias
Stephanie Mischell
Susanna Moore
Laura Ucik
Rayna Sobieski
Carolina Miranda
Hussein Safa
Evan Milton


Dan O'C,
Oct 18, 2018, 6:55 AM
Dan O'C,
Oct 18, 2018, 6:55 AM