History of the Division

The Division was formed in 2004, but three of the Divicomponents date back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Primary Care

The Section of Primary Care was launched as a division in 1982, when Dr. Mack Lipkin obtained federal funding for an innovative three-year Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The residency program has been in continuous operation since its first four interns were recruited in 1984, and it now enrolls eight residents per year. Fellowship training in Primary Care began with one fellow in 1984 and continued with one fellow per year through 1995, when the program expanded to accept three fellows annually.

Another milestone in the history of the Division of Primary Care was the awarding of public sector support for primary care at Bellevue Hospital in the late 1980s.