Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Preventive Medicine Residency Program.
In 2007, the Institute of Medicine** recommended doubling the number of physicians trained in preventive medicine each year in the U.S., in order to meet the increasing demand for physicians trained in this profession. The development of the University of Wisconsin (UW) Preventive Medicine Residency Program* is an answer to this call.
The UW Preventive Medicine Residency is anticipated to become a fully accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program starting March 2014. Graduates of the program would be eligible for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) board certification in public health and general preventive medicine.
What is Preventive Medicine?
Preventive Medicine is defined as a “medical specialty, which focuses on the promotion, protection, and maintenance of health and well-being, the prevention of disease and disability, and the premature death of individuals in defined populations.” Training in preventive medicine typically falls into three distinct fields: public health and general preventive medicine ,aerospace medicine, and occupational medicine. More information on Preventive Medicine can be found at the American College of Preventive Medicine website.
The UW Preventive Medicine Residency will train physicians in public health and general preventive medicine, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention in communities and other defined populations. Graduates of preventive medicine residency programs are well-prepared for careers in areas such as local, state or federal health agencies, healthcare systems, and community-based health organizations. See some examples of the career paths of physicians trained in preventive medicine:
- Patrick Remington, MD, MPH (public health and general preventive medicine)
- Jill Waalen, MD, MPH (public health and general preventive medicine)
- Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH (occupational medicine)
- Henry Anderson, MD (occupational medicine)
- Thomas Van Gilder, MD, JD, MPH (public health and general preventive medicine)
- Parvathy Pillai, MD, MPH (public health and general preventive medicine)
- American College of Preventive Medicine on Twitter
- American College of Preventive Medicine on LinkedIn
- American College of Preventive Medicine on Facebook
- American College of Preventive Medicine Resident Physician Section on Facebook
Who Should Apply to the UW Preventive Medicine Residency Program?
Any physician interested in health promotion and disease prevention at the population level can benefit from the training provided through a Preventive Medicine Residency. Applicants can include residents, fellows and practicing physicians.
Resident applicants must enter the Preventive Medicine Residency program following at least one full year of clinical training. Fellows and practicing physicians who have previously completed a board-certified residency program in another specialty (e.g. internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, family medicine, pediatrics, etc.) have the opportunity for dual board certification.
How is a UW Preventive Medicine Resident Trained?
The UW Preventive Medicine Residency Program offers a comprehensive approach to education, combining clinical, didactic, healthcare systems and public health systems training. During the two-year program, residents gain hands-on experience in applied public health and population medicine through various practicum and clinical rotations, including at state and local public health departments, accountable care organizations, community health clinics, and large hospital systems.
Additionally, all residents receive ongoing didactic training in preventive medicine and general public health throughout the program; and residents without a prior Master of Public Health degree (or equivalent education) complete coursework to obtain a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Why Choose the UW Preventive Medicine Residency Program?
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the UW Preventive Medicine Residency provides residents wide variety of robust educational experiences. MPH coursework is completed at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the nation’s only integrated school of medicine and public health.
Additionally, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and adjacent William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital (VA) afford ample opportunity to gain first-hand experience in quality improvement, health systems management and clinical preventive services.
Madison is the home of Wisconsin’s largest public university, UW-Madison, and offers residents insight into the unique healthcare needs of a large university campus. Madison is also home to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and residents can experience how research is synthesized into public health initiatives and statewide policies.
* Anticipated ACGME accreditation March 2014
** Institute of Medicine. Training Physicians for Public Health Careers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007.