Daniel Noyes Brown Scholars Program

The Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program, is led by faculty from the Center for Family and Community Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Department of Internal Medicine and offers a structured longitudinal experience at community-based outpatient sites with supervision by the same group of faculty at that practice over four years.

" The program has provided me with insight into the myriad of opportunities for research and publication in primary care as well as the knowledge of untapped community resources for building health care related partnerships"

This selective does not involve extra coursework; instead, it affords the critical advantage of having clinical experiences (first year clinical practice clerkship, physical diagnosis course experience, Primary Care Clerkship, and Pediatric Clerkship-outpatient block) take place at the same sites with a small group of outstanding faculty from the Department of Pediatrics, the Center for Family and Community Medicine, and Department of Internal Medicine. You will have the advantage of a true mentoring experience with faculty in these critical courses.

During the fourth year, the program provides students with funds to work on a project in Primary Care/Community Health, chosen by the student and a faculty mentor. This project can fulfill the required fourth year scholarly project or can be a supplemental project for the students.  Additionally, Brown Scholars may apply for a summer stipend to support scholarly work in the field of Primary Care/Community Health between their first and second year of medical school.

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See examples of past projects.

"I am grateful for consistent mentorship across all four years and the interaction with students in different years who share similar values"

"Working in the same clinic for several years gave me the opportunity to see the same patients more than once and to appreciate the cultural and social context of the Washington Heights Community"


History of the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Program

The program is funded by a private endowment to the School of Medicine in honor of Dr. Brown.  Dr. Brown was a graduate of the Class of 1932 at P & S medical school as well as of the intern and residency training programs at Columbia-Presbyterian, completing a specialization in internal medicine. Until World War II, he was in private practice as an internist in New York City and during the war, he served in a Presbyterian medical unit providing medical back up to the Allied troops which was first based in the then-Belgian Congo and then later in North Africa and France. In 1946 at the end of World War II, he, along with several other medical colleagues, including some from his war-time medical unit, founded the first medical group practice in New York State with the goal of providing the best comprehensive medical care to a community which had previously only had access to “general practitioners” (licensed physicians without residency training). As an internist within a group of other specialists, he served as the primary point of care.  Over 60 years later, the Mt. Kisco medical group, which is located 35 miles north of New York City in Westchester county, is thriving with over 270 primary care and specialty physicians.

Dr. Brown’s wife, Mary Thatcher Brown, and his daughter, Cynthia Brown Lloyd, were major donors to the endowment along with numerous grateful patients, friends and family members. In recent years, since the death of Dr. Brown’s widow, his daughter, Cynthia, has taken a special interest in the management of the endowment, in particular assuring that the goals of the program in its current form stay true to its original intention which was that students be encouraged to pursue primary care medicine, and that they be taught the values and dedication to patient care that her father exemplified throughout his career.


M. Christine Krause, MD,  is a Baylor trained general pediatrician who works as a clinical educator in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Health.  She is devoted to teaching primary care pediatrics to medical students and residents while maintaining her own practice at the Rangel Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Network of New York Presbyterian Hospital.  She is a co-director of the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program for CUMC which offers students a longitudinal instructional and mentored experience with primary care faculty during their 4 years of medical school.   She also serves on the clinical leadership committee in her division and is able to lead and participate in innovative clinical initiatives at her site.  She was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the pediatrics residency program in 2006 and is a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.

Mary Anne J. Nidiry, MD, is a graduate of George Washington University Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency training at University of Michigan Medical Center.  She served as the medical director of the Rangel Clinic of the ACNC of NYPH from 2007 to 2015.  In April of 2015 she stepped down from that position in order to give greater time and focus to her interests in medical student and medical resident teaching.  She continues as a preceptor for the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Seminars course of first and second year medical students.   She has been a preceptor in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Tutorials course since 2009 and as DNB Primary Scholars Faculty, she will continue to precept the DNB Primary Care Scholars in their FCM Tutorials groups.  She coordinates and participates actively in intern report for the internal medicine resident rotation at the Allen Pavilion.  Her interests include medical education,  patient centered care, and medical resource utilization. 

Heather Paladine, MD, attended Columbia College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  She then completed a residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and went on to do a fellowship in Maternal and Children's Health Care.  She is the Residency Director at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Family Medicine Residency Program and also co-directs the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program.  Her interests include reproductive health, technology in health care, and medical education.

Anita Softness, MD, graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine.  Before entering medical school, she worked as a community organizer and maintains a strong interest in community medicine and community oriented primary care.  She is also interested in medical education and in addition to her role in the Brown Scholars program, she is the assistant director of the Primary Care Clerkship at P&S and has an active teaching role in the CUMC Family Medicine Residency Program.