The overall goal of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program is to train physicians to practice public health and preventive medicine competently and independently. The program prepares residents for careers in various settings, including public health, research, and academic preventive medicine.
- To assess the burden of diseases, adverse health outcomes, and health disparities in human populations and how to reduce them and promote health through research, education, and service.
- To acquire broad knowledge about potential public health threats and hazards and how to apply such knowledge when dealing with individuals and populations.
- To develop effective verbal and written communication skills for addressing the public and lawmakers and in teaching or teaming with other health professionals.
- To learn how to use the latest scientific information available and apply recommended guidelines and evidence-based information in solving public health problems.
- To learn how the US health services system is organized, managed, financed, and evaluated.
- To address the health needs and problems of diverse populations and understand the social, economic, cultural, and individual barriers to better health.
- To recognize cultural diversity and ethical issues and their impact on the implementation of preventive measures.
- To become familiar with public health infrastructure, capabilities and limitations and how to use available resources to address the health of a community.
- To apply Epidemiology concepts to medical care delivery with emphasis on population health, social determinants and global health.
- To learn about complementary and alternative approaches available to better patient care, and the benefit of taking a holistic approach to patient care.