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Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Program Overview

The Preventive Medicine Residency Program is housed within Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. The program received full accreditation in 1994 and has since trained over 40 residents.  The residency program is accredited for a total of four positions. Because the program is small, considerable attention is devoted to the individual requirements of residents, and the program is flexible enough to accommodate persons with highly diverse backgrounds and interests.  The Preventive Medicine Residency Program seeks to train individuals to become board certified specialists in General Preventive Medicine and Public health, with the potential to become academic, policy, and industry leaders in the field of Preventive Medicine.

Phases of Preventive Medicine Residency Training

The Academic Phase:

Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University provides the academic program for Emory's Preventive Medicine Residency Program.  A core curriculum, which fulfills the requirements of the School of Public Health as well as those of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, is supplemented by a concentration in an area of the resident’s choosing. Residents in the academic phase will work towards completion of a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree acquiring both basic and advanced knowledge in areas including, but not limited to, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental and occupational health, behavioral sciences and health education, and global health. The program requires 12 months (42) credits and may or may not include a Master's Thesis, depending on the area of concentration. During the academic phase, the resident has considerable opportunity to develop research activities that will carry over into the practicum phase, and these two phases may be combined (though the MPH year may not follow the practicum). Alternatively, residents may enter the Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program with an MPH degree that satisfied the requirements described above, and only enter into the practicum phase of training.

The Practicum Phase:

The practicum phase offers the residents experience in virtually any site that complement residents’ needs and goals. Considerable attention is devoted to individual requirements of the residents allowing for flexibility in addressing a resident’s diverse interests. Past practicum sites have included the Centers for Disease Control, the Atlanta VA Hospital, the Carter Center, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Hospice of Atlanta, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Alaska Department of Health, Council on African American Affairs, and Health Sciences Online.

The training experience is structured around required activities in the resident’s work plan. These activities were selected to provide the resident with didactic and experiential learning opportunities in order to become proficient in the competency areas that are identified by the residency and the ACGME.  Training objectives of the residency are directly related to the functions and assignments which will be encountered by physicians engaged in the practice of public health and preventive medicine. They represent work functions, performance capabilities, and skills that must be performed successfully without supervision.