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: SMO 2016 Schedule  

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

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
Daniel O'Connell, MD  
Course Directors

Renee Shanker, MSW, MPH
Course Coordinator

The Students

Social Pediatrics

Social Internal Medicine

Family Medicine

Fabian Chang
Elizabeth Janofsky
Annelise Lupica
Kevin McKenna

William Vail

Tanuja Devaraj

Chanelle Diaz

Elizabeth Kolod

Raymundo Garcia

Robyn Winsor

Annette Georgia

Benjamin Hayes

Nathaniel Kratz

Alexander Bryan

Nicole, Agcanas

Albert Bararwandika

Alice Beckman

Kim Bui

Melissa Burnside

Hymavati Kavuri

Lily Ryzhkova

Inimfon Udoh

Andrew Telzak

Ryan St. Pierre-Heta

Matt Anderson,
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