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Health Systems Science (HSS) Track


Dr. Dharmini Shah Pandya —

HSS Core Faculty

Dr. Rebecca Kim —

Dr. Carly Sokach —




This is an innovative track grounded in preparing residents to become outstanding clinicians and leaders in the healthcare system. The track focuses on:

  • Complex aspects of the healthcare system
  • Individualized goals and systems-changing projects
  • System-level quality improvement and patient safety initiatives
  • Hospital economics and structures
  • Hospital finances
  • Informatics
  • Leadership skills
  • Medical education skill development

This track is equally valuable to residents who plan to pursue fellowship or remain in general internal medicine. This track is beneficial to residents who have an interest in public health, medical education, or administrative positions in the future. Didactic sessions focus on quality, safety, advocacy, hospital finance, and other domains, all built on a foundation to help cultivate leadership skills. During the two-year longitudinal pathway embedded within the medicine residency program, the PGY-2 year focuses on participation in didactic sessions in HSS domains. At the end of the PGY-2 year, armed with this knowledge, residents join leadership teams or committees of their choice and work to develop a passion project.

Passion projects take the form of

  • educational curriculum development (medical education opportunities)
  • quality improvement projects/system-wide projects that lead to change.

Throughout the two-year pathway there are multiple opportunities to lead resident didactics, teach and role model to junior classmates, and create a legacy that emphasizes various health systems sciences skill sets.

How and When to Apply

Interested residents are encouraged to apply for this track during the winter of intern year.  The application consists of the resident’s CV and a personal statement expressing their reason for interest in the program. 

HSS Track residents give a presentationHSS Residents enjoy a social gatheringHSS Residents attend a Morbidity and Mortality Conference