Application and Eligibility for the Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Residency Program Prerequisites

Prior to entry into Stony Brook’s Residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, applicants are required to have competed at least one year (PGY1) of postgraduate clinical training within a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  This includes accredited Osteopathic training programs undergoing ACGME accreditation. Preference will be given to candidates who are board eligible in another field of medicine.

Eligible applicants must also have taken Step III of the USMLE before the beginning of their Preventive Medicine residency training. Stony Brook requires that all steps of USMLE or COMLEX have to be passed in two or fewer steps unless there are attenuating circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a fourth-year medical student. Am I eligible for your program after I graduate?

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires that all residents in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health (GPM/PH) have completed at least one year of ACGME accredited clinical residency training before entering any GPM/PH program.  A transitional or internship year can fulfill this requirement. 

I haven’t taken Step III of the USMLE. Am I eligible?

Minimum entrance requirements for residency training programs at our institution requires that residency candidates must have taken Step III of the USMLE by the end of their PGY1 year.

What if I have been out of training for a number of years? Am I still eligible for your program?

In the more than thirty years that we have been training public health and preventive medicine professionals we have welcomed into our program physicians who have had prior careers in education, the military, and private practice. The re-entry into graduate medical education was a logical outgrowth of new or longstanding areas of interest. If you feel your experiences and current interest in the field of preventive medicine fall outside the more common profiles of residency program candidates, please send an email to the Program Director or Program Coordinator, outlining your experience and current interest in the field, along with your CV. We will consider such inquiries on an individual basis.

The field of preventive medicine looks interesting to me, but I don’t know that much about it. What sorts of career opportunities would I have?

Former Commissioners of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) have been graduates of our program as has the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at the New York State Quality Improvement Organization (IPRO), and the Program Manager for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Northport Veterans' Affairs Medical Center. These agencies and organizations are practicum sites for our training  program. Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, clinical research, quality improvement, managed care, and to positions with such agencies as the FDA, CDC, NIH, and State and County Departments of Health. Others have pursued careers in occupational medicine based on experiences within our Division of Occupational, Environmental & Clinical Preventive Medicine. For more information about careers in preventive medicine, please visit the field's professional organizations: the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).


Application and Contact Information

Applications are accepted through ERAS. Our program number is 38035881112.

We participate in the ACPM Standardized Acceptance Process (SAP).

In addition to a completed application, we require the following:
• Dean’s letter and transcript from applicant’s medical school
• 3 letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s abilities, including letters from any and all prior Program Directors
• Undergraduate transcript
• Transcript(s) from any graduate or post-baccalaureate study
• Photocopies of medical school diploma and any and all postgraduate training certificates of completion

Please note that all letters of recommendation and transcripts must be official copies, meaning that they come directly from the individuals or institutions providing them. Alternatively, we will accept letters and transcripts from applicants, as long as they are in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by the official writing or providing them.

If you are unsure as to your suitability for our program, please email or fax us your current CV.

For off-cycle applicants you may download an application form and mail to:

Dorothy S. Lane, MD, MPH
Residency Program Director 
Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine 
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
HSC L3-086 Stony Brook, NY 11794-8036

You may also contact Dr. Lane or Karin Bengtsson for more information: 

Karin Bengtsson, Program Coordinator
Phone: (631) 444-3902 
(631) 444-7525 (fax)

Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH, Program Director


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