Scholarly Activity

    The Department of Family Medicine values research as an endeavor that will help broaden knowledge and advance medical practice in urban areas.  Over the years our investigators have conducted studies in various areas and disciplines. Some examples of the topics the department has focused on are diabetes, health literacy, transgender, women’s health, population health, and gun violence.  The scope of project methods our department utilizes ranges from small surveys, interviews, focus groups and more.  We conduct projects at the various Bronx Lebanon Family Medicine clinics and outside in the local community. Our projects have been presented at regional, state, and national conferences.  Under the leadership of Dr. Reich, a committee of physician researchers, support staff, and consultants meet monthly to discuss projects and provide investigators with constructive criticisms and overall appraisals. 

    An important part of our department’s research success results from its fruitful relationship with local leaders and residents. This rapport has allowed the BLFM Department to conduct a variety of in-depth projects that would otherwise not be possible. Aligned with this initiative, the Department of Family Medicine has recently developed a partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) with the goal of conducting various projects at Claremont Housing and Claremont Village.

    It is a main focus of the department that our residents also participate in scholarly activities. A vital aspect of the success of the residents’ research is the department’s relationship with the national organization, Family Physicians Inquires Network (FPIN). Through their work with FPIN our trainees practice the skills of critically reading medical literature, extracting the main findings, and writing a comprehensive summary. This process is integral to developing a knowledgeable, competent physician who can provide up to date care to their patients. A number of our residents have received the distinction of having their work listed in nationally recognized publications.

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