Frequently Asked Questions

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What PGY level will I enter the program as?

That depends on your most recent experience. Some people enter our program after a few years in another residency; some complete a transitional year; and some are board certified in another specialty. The PGY level you will be, upon acceptance to our program, will depend on what level you were when you left your most recent program. If you completed that year successfully, you would start at the next level. If you did not complete it (you left the program early), then you would start at the unfinished PGY level. 

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Do you offer an elective opportunity for Residents?

It is a priority for the program to understand your career goals so we spend a significant amount of time planning your residency rotations to reflect your interests while meeting ACGME requirements for a robust preventive medicine/public health residency. Should there be electives a resident is interested in, we encourage them to mention them during the planning phase for their schedules.  If the opportunities and resources are available, we will absolutely coordinate an elective experience.

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I am interested in maintaining my clinical skills. How much time is spent in clinical settings?

Preventive Medicine Residents are actually required to provide a minimum of two months per year of direct patient care and often have a good portion of their practicum split with clinical duties. Our Residents see patients at public health clinics, in travel clinics, in family medicine clinic, in lifestyle medicine visits, in occupational health offices, in oncology clinics, and much more. If you are particularly interested in an area, we will look to find rotations or experiences that will build on that interest in both clinical and practicum capacities. 

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Can I still take traditional classes instead of going through the Executive MPH?

Emory’s eMPH is the executive program that requires residents to come to campus for just two weekends a semester; the remainder of time for coursework is spent interacting through a digital interface. Physical classes are possible but severely limit clinical/rotation time. It’s not impossible, it just requires more planning! Please note: we STRONGLY encourage residents to participate in the eMPH program as the course sequencing/course load is balanced.

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What does a typical week look like for a Resident?

Unlike other residencies, our rotations can be as short as one month or last for 6 – it depends on the opportunity! A Resident completing the Executive MPH degree requirements would spend 3 days working in clinic or on a practicum, 1 day for program didactics, and 1 day dedicated to academic work. 

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What if I already have an MPH? Is there an abridged residency format?

Candidates who already have an MPH, or at least 50% of one completed, from an accredited institution may complete the residency in one year ONLY if they have also completed an ACGME accredited residency. If a Resident has completed their MPH studies but has not completed a residency, they will still spend two years in the preventive medicine residency.

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What kind of policies and benefits are in place at Emory? Is an Emory residency a paid position?

We encourage you to get a full picture of what Emory is like and the benefits that accompany residency work. Residents are considered house medical staff and fall under the Graduate Medical Education office. You can read more about institutional policies, discover our competitive stipend and benefits coverage, and find out more about the over 100 residency programs Emory supports here.

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