Medical Center Gains Approval for First New Residency in a Decade

April 20, 2004

The Department of Community and Preventive Medicine has received approval from the national Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education for the first new residency program at Rochester in nearly a decade.  

The General Preventive Medicine residency program in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry will train physicians who plan to work in community health.  

Residents will complete supervised rotations at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Eastman Kodak Company, the Monroe County Department of Health, and community sites and clinics in the Rochester area. Rotations at the New York State Health Department in Albany and the Onondaga County Department of Health also are options.  

Preventive medicine as a medical specialty deals with public health, disease prevention and health promotion. Board certification requires three years of residency training: one year of primary care residency training, a year of coursework leading to a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), and a one-year practicum experience. The Rochester Preventive Medicine Residency Program will represent the second and third years.  

Graduates of preventive medicine residency programs typically assume leadership positions in organizations responsible for the health of populations, such as federal, state and municipal health departments; corporate medical offices; HMOs; occupational medicine programs; and academic health centers.  

“It’s gratifying to know that we’ll be able to offer such important experience to residents,” says Thomas A. Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD, chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. “More and more, people are realizing the crucial role that preventive medicine plays in health care.”

The Department of Community and Preventive Medicine has a well-established MPH program, and the new residency program actually builds on a legacy. Rochester had one of the first such residencies outside of a public health school, back in the 1980s, but it had lapsed by the 1990s.  

The new Rochester program plans to enroll its first graduates in July 2004.     

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