Mass General Brigham continues a long tradition of educating the next generation of physicians. We have nearly 2,500 residents and fellows in 300 programs. Mass General Brigham hospitals sponsor residency and fellowship programs in nearly all specialties and sub-specialties where they receive a rare and rich educational experience. Some of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs at Mass General Brigham are sponsored by a single hospital and offer comprehensive training within that institution. Other programs are jointly sponsored by two or more Mass General Brigham and/or other Harvard hospitals, utilizing complementary resources from the participating sites.
Across Mass General Brigham’s integrated health care system, trainees have access to high-ranking residency and fellowship programs in nearly all specialties—and many subspecialties—of medicine. We have a long track record of training expert clinicians and leaders in all areas of health care. The extensive graduate medical education resources at Mass General Brigham help facilitate a world-class experience for all trainees.
Find information about our hospital and systemwide residency and fellowship programs.
We offer resources to facilitate a world-class experience that considers the challenges of this high level of training and the diversity of our trainees.
The Mass General Brigham academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, community hospitals, and health centers provide outstanding resources for those considering training here.
Information about recruitment and DACA: Mass General Brigham confirms its commitment to selecting trainees based on merit—regardless of DACA status
Support with the application process: Program-specific information can be found by exploring our residencies and fellowships and/or by contacting the program office
Recruitment stipends for economically disadvantaged residents: We understand that living in Boston is expensive. Our hospitals want to provide financial assistance to residents with significant financial challenges who might not otherwise be able to train here
Guidance when visiting Boston: Access directions and learn about travel options ahead of planning your trip to Boston
Hotel discounts: Select area hotels offer discounts to Mass General Brigham
Guidance for living in the Boston area: There are excellent opportunities to pursue various interests outside of the hospital. Boston offers a wide variety of arts, sight-seeing, sports, and other recreational activities
Industry-supported fellowships: Some fellowships receive industry support to help offset the cost of the fellowship program. Under new Federal law, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Sunshine”), companies are required to report any direct and indirect payments and transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals
We also provide mental health and wellness resources to help ensure a successful experience during your training at Mass General Brigham.
Examples of resources and areas of focus include:
Disability and accommodations support
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Education committee membership
Events and town meetings
International trainee resources
Mental health resources
Trainee Assistance Program (TAP)
Salary, contract, and benefits
Staying physically healthy
Technology and library services
Guidelines and policies applicable to GME programs including:
Backup and coverage policy
Closure and reduction policy
Eligibility and selection of clinical trainees
Medical staff bylaws
Pre-employment drug screening policy
Program integration guidelines
Remedial action guidelines, trainee non-disciplinary
Resident/fellow transfer guidelines
Resident salaries policy
Trainee contract policy
Trainee evaluation policies
Trainees in ACGME-accredited training programs
Trainees in non-ACGME accredited training programs
Resident/fellow access to evaluations
Transportation Safety Program for trainees
Vacation/leave policy FAQs for residents and clinical fellows only
Work hours monitoring standards
Training program directors and program coordinators play a pivotal role in the educational mission of the Mass General Brigham hospitals. Today’s program director is a true educator as well as a caring clinician and a skilled manager and administrator.
Program directors (PD) must possess wide-ranging skills to optimize the quality of resident/fellow education while complying with increasingly complex institutional and accreditation requirements. Mentoring trainees, communicating with faculty and administration, navigating evolving data systems, delivering a competencies-based curriculum, and understanding regulations and policy implementation are just some aspects of the program director role.
Program coordinators (PC) conversely play a critical role in operating and optimizing GME programs. Coordinators work closely with program directors, trainees, and faculty while juggling a number of activities, including managing people, time and data. The position requires a wide range of skills—from excellent verbal/written communications and interpersonal skills to technical/computer expertise—along with knowledge of increasingly complex educational and regulatory requirements.
The GME Office provides support to both program directors and coordinators in a number of ways, including hosting regularly scheduled professional development workshops, annual program director and program coordinator retreats, biweekly PD/PC meetings, and by providing guidelines and templates to facilitate GME tasks and responsibilities.
We offer resources to assist and guide both the new and seasoned program directors and coordinators in various administrative responsibilities:
Evaluation and remediation
New innovations program director handbook
Program director retreat presentations
New program director resources
Virtual recruitment support
The COEs provide:
Evening dinner sessions in each center on relevant topics and career development
Funded opportunities to support trainee research, medical travel, conference registration, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion grants, and GME director’s discretionary fund
Courses to enhance and complement trainees' roles as excellent clinicians
Access to faculty who are leaders in these areas for advice and mentoring
A community of colleagues from different specialties and hospitals with shared interests
Our Centers of Expertise are:
Addressing the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations, the Global and Community Health Center encompasses research and care delivery in varied resource-poor settings. Faculty bring expertise from many aspects of this complex domain.
The Center of Expertise in Health Policy and Management connects trainees with senior leadership and policy experts within Mass General Brigham and the Harvard community to offer opportunities to understand the range of leadership roles and complexity of decision making in academic health care management, as well as the impact that political and economic forces that shape the future of the health care market.
Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
The Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Center focuses on aspects of safety and quality of care working and facilitates work with senior leaders in areas including just culture, patient-centered care, timeliness, efficiency, and equity.
Encompassing clinical teaching, medical education scholarship, and education administration and leadership, the Center in Medical Education creates high-impact opportunities for trainees.
The Mass General Brigham Education Committee (MGB EC) works closely with the Brigham and Women’s Education Committee (BWH GMEC) and the Massachusetts General Hospital Graduate Medical Education Committee (MGH GMEC) and the Executive Committees on Teaching and Education (ECOTEs) to support and oversee the teaching mission.
MGB EC's responsibilities include cross-institutional activities and strategic initiatives, education policy development, and—via the GME Office—approval of new training programs. MGB EC also considers issues related to trainee salary and benefits, system-wide educational resources, and other matters.
The hospital-based committees (BWH GMEC and MGH GMEC) support the quality of GME through oversight of internal program reviews, input related to ACGME accreditation, the learning environment, educational infrastructure and other matters. The committees also oversee the educational infrastructure and opportunities for innovation across the spectrum of clinical education.
The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Mass General Brigham:
Provides core educational programming through workshops and retreats for trainees, program directors, and program staff
Supports GME program improvement through internal reviews, accreditation-related activities, and the involvement of education specialists
Addresses issues related to resident and fellow quality of life, directly and via support of the Mass General Brigham Resident/Fellow Well-Being Council
Supports the work of hospital and Mass General Brigham education committees
Provides forums for communication with internal constituencies and serves as the liaison to national organizations
Collects, tracks, and reports a variety of health system, hospital, and program-level GME data
Works to optimize the infrastructure for education
Implements strategic initiatives to enhance educational quality and support trainees’ career development, such as the Mass General Brigham Centers of Expertise for Residents and Fellows