Program Overview - What Makes us Unique?

Our General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency is unique, because it is a very flexible program within a medical school at the region’s only tertiary medical center, whose mission statement includes improving community health as well as the typical research, patient care and education. The residency is in Department of Public Health Sciences, recently ranked as the 2nd highest department of its kind offering a Masters in Public Health. As part of the medical school, the department is integrated with many activities of the medical center and has multiple collaborations with other departments such as pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine. The curriculum of the residency takes advantage of this through such activities as a practicum with the medical center’s Office of Quality Improvement, clinical rotations in Preventive Cardiology and opportunities for residents to develop clinical experiences in areas of practice in which they have particular interest.

In addition to its integration into the medical center, the residency is unique because of the strong and longstanding collaboration between the University of Rochester and Monroe County’s Department of Public Health (MCDPH). The University has for over two decades staffed the clinical functions of MCDPH such as the vaccine clinic, tuberculosis clinic and the STD clinic, which is a national leader.  All GPM residents are required to do a 3-4 month rotation at MCDPH during which they are encouraged to attend these clinics, assist with outbreak investigations, and participate in the many other daily activities of the department.

Byron Kennedy (Associate Director) presenting award to Andrew Doniger (Director of Monroe County Public Health Dept) in Saunders Research Building