Overview of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program
The educational design of the program seeks to integrate the basic science and practical aspects of general preventive medicine and public health. A Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accredited Master of Public Health degree program, awarded by the Program in Public Health (PPH) at Stony Brook University, is supplemented by population health rounds, preventive medicine seminars, journal club and board review sessions. Biostatistics, epidemiology, and behavioral science theory and methods are taught in relation to their actual applications in the residents’ health administration and clinical preventive medicine practice experience. Basic principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, and behavioral science are also firmly established through residents’ participation in medical student teaching in these disciplines, as well as through the residents’ active involvement in a research project. The components of each resident's program therefore include academic work, clinical experience, teaching, and research.
To produce highly desired graduates who will match patient/population and health care system needs and who will become independent practitioners and local/regional/national leaders in the medical practice of prevention (health promotion, health protection and disease prevention).
Residency Program: Goals
Residency Training Program Goals Include:
- To train physicians to utilize knowledge and skills about the health of communities and defined population groups in order to stimulate those practices which will advance health by promoting health-enhancing environments and behavior, preventing disease and injury, making possible early diagnosis and treatment and fostering rehabilitation of those with disabilities
- To increase physician knowledge, skill, and certifiable competence in the following aspects of preventive medicine:
o Application of biostatistical principles and methodology
o Recognition of epidemiological principles and methodology
o Planning, administration and evaluation of health and medical programs and the evaluation of outcomes of health behavior and medical care
o Recognition, assessment and control of environmental hazards to health, including those of occupational environments
o Recognition of social, cultural and behavioral factors in medicine
o The application and evaluation of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and assessment of population and individual health needs
- To train physicians to serve competently in the role of health planner and administrator, teacher of preventive medicine, researcher in preventive medicine, and clinician applying preventive medicine in health care.
- To increase the supply and proficiency of specialists in preventive medicine, who will practice in settings where there is a need for such medical expertise including:
o Government organizations such as local, state, national, and international public health departments and other agencies concerned with the health of populations
o Educational institutions such as schools of medicine, public health and allied health
o Organized medical care programs in industry, managed care and other employment settings, and in the community, where clinical practice involves prevention and health maintenance
o Voluntary health agencies, professional health organizations, and related organizations