Urban Health Track

Urban Health Track

Categorical Internal Medicine Program at Rutgers NJMS

Newark is New Jersey's largest and second-most racially diverse city with twice the rates of poverty and disability compared to the state average (www.city-data.com). With access to health care largely socially determined, the Urban Population Health track within the categorical Internal Medicine Program offers additional training focused on the public health needs of urban and disadvantaged populations, such as those in Newark.

The goal of the 3 year curriculum is to expose residents to the health risks and pathology specific to urban populations and minority groups (including, but not limited to urban mental health, addictions, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, etc.), new models for health care delivery to the poor and underserved ( Patient Centered Medical Homes embedded into Federally Qualified Health Centers; the novel Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program; care delivery through community workers; harm reduction approach to addictions), as well as epidemiological research in public health and preventive medicine.

The curriculum consists in a 3 year longitudinal didactic and research curriculum, and one month selective rotation in Urban Health per academic year. The month long rotation is built into the categorical Internal Medicine Program and offers experiential immersion in urban population health, with focus on:

  • addictions and urban mental health (PGY-I)

  • urban minorities and prevalent infections (HIV, hepatitis C, etc.) (PGY-II)

  • urban geriatrics and adolescent medicine (PGY-III)

The residents receive education on specific topics pertaining to urban health (e.g. socio-economic determinants of health, disparities in health care delivery for urban minorities in low-income inner city neighborhoods) through selected required readings and media clips, inter-professional education through workshops in Urban Health at Rutgers University, seminars and lectures in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, addiction medicine and urban mental health.

Isaac Daudelin, MD Mark Forsberg, MD Alekander Kaye, MD

Isaac Daudelin, MD


Mark Forsberg, MD


Alexander Kaye, MD


Abeena Oduro, MD Shivani Patel, MD Sana Rashid, MD

Abeena Oduro, MD


Shivani Patel, MD


Sana Rashid, MD


Benjamin Simmons, MD

Benjamin Simmons, MD



For any questions, please contact the Urban Health track director:
Dr. Emily Gordon, at gordonea@njms.rutgers.edu