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Ephraim Back, MD, MPH, FAAFP

  • BS, Cornell University
  • MD, SUNY at Buffalo
  • MPH, SUNY Albany
  • Family Medicine Residency, University of Rochester /Highland Hospital
  • Epidemic Intelligence Officer, Centers for Disease Control
  • Clinical Professor, Albany Medical College

The Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 1979 to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the Mid-Hudson Region.  We have done our job well, having trained and graduated more than 160 family physicians, many of whom remain in our community serving as teachers and role models.

We offer 10 positions through the match each year to engage in a curriculum emphasizing self-directed learning in the context of the new model of Family Medicine.  As one of the first recognized Teaching Health Center Programs in the country, our Federally Qualified Health Center status enables us to care for the medically underserved population and to provide a full spectrum of health services for the community.  Our residency program builds on the comprehensiveness of family medicine with an emphasis on the particular needs of our diverse and multicultural patient population.

We hold Level 3 PCMH recognition from NCQA and Joint Commission accreditation, with special recognition for meaningful use of health information technology.  Our EPIC EHR system allows secure provider access from any location and there is a patient access portal, permitting direct e-mail communication between patients and doctors.  Didactic opportunities abound, with a robust conference schedule and many local, regional and national opportunities to both learn and present current medical knowledge.  We provide the tools, structure and supervised patient care opportunities to maximize your learning and skill acquisition.  Our graduates are extremely well trained to successfully gain employment across the family medicine spectrum including outpatient, inpatient and emergency department settings.  Many of our graduates also continue to deliver babies.

You will have the chance to enter a thriving community hospital environment. Our residents and medical students are the focus of teaching…we are the only medical residency program in Kingston. The ratio is one to one, with teaching from family physicians and other specialists in all medical disciplines. We work together as a team and feel like a family.

I joined the Mid-Hudson Program in 2013 because of the great opportunity to train physicians for full spectrum family medicine within the context of community and public health.  I have been very excited by the range of interests and expertise of our faculty.  In addition, I believe that our relationship with the Institute for Family Health and with our two sister residency programs in New York City offers our residents unique opportunities to more fully develop the skills expected of family physicians in the 21st century.

We welcome all prospective MD and DO applicants and students to visit us and to explore our program. We love what we do and invite you to join us.