Urban Health Track

Urban Health Track

Categorical Internal Medicine Program at Rutgers NJMS

The goal of the Urban Health Track is to expose residents to the social determinants of health in an underserved urban setting(including, but not limited to urban mental health, addiction, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, incarceration, etc.) via rotations in our community in addition to our hospitals. The Urban Health Track does not detract from elective or core rotation time and is well aligned with a career in General Internal Medicine or a medical subspecialty in an urban setting.



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

  • Addiction, Urban Mental Health, and Homelessness (PGY-I)

  • Incarceration and Prevalent Infections (HIV, hepatitis C, etc.) (PGY-II)

  • LGBTQ Health, Maternal Health and Family Planning (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. Residents are also immersed in a number of community clinics including the Lattimore Clinic, Broadway House for Continuing Care, Northern State Penitentiary , Healthy Beginnings Clinic for pregnant women with substance abuse, and the SAVE Women and Men Program bringing education and healthcare screenings to Essex County. All of the residents are quired to complete a research project before graduation.


Current Residents
Yasmeen Abdo, MD Isaac Daudelin, MD, PhD Abeena Oduro, MD

Yasmeen Abdo, MD


Isaac Daudelin, MD, PhD


Abeena Oduro, MD




Madia Ampey, MD – Previous Chief Resident at University Hospital, Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania

Ashela Bean, MD – Primary Care Doctor in Washington DC

Regine Boutin, MD – Endocrinology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital

George DiSesa, MD – Previous Chief Resident at East Orange VA Medical Center, Locums Hospitalist in PA

Mark Forsberg, MD – Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center

Christopher Jerome, MD – Primary Care Doctor in Miami

Alexander Kaye, MD, MBA - Gastroenterology Fellow at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Larrisha Love MD – Addiction Medicine specialist at Cooper Center for Healing; Cooper University

Shivani Patel, MD – Gastroenterology Fellow at Rutgers NJMS

Sana Rashid, DO – Cardiology Fellow at the University of Buffalo

Benjamin Simmons, MD – Chief Resident at East Orange VA Medical Center

Denise Song, MD – Hospitalist in Elmhurst, Queens


How to apply

The application to this track is the same as the application to the categorical residency program. We will solicit applications to this track after the Match. For any questions, please contact the Urban Health track director:

Dr. Emily Gordon, at gordonea@njms.rutgers.edu