About the General Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Preventive medicine is a unique medical specialty that bridges the divide between public health and clinical medicine. Knowledge and skills of clinical medicine are combined with those of population health to address a broad range of areas such as health promotion and wellness; primary, secondary and tertiary prevention; chronic and infectious disease; environmental and occupational health; risk hazard control and communication; and health policy, health related research, and health management and administration. The UNM program is one of approximately 40 residencies across the nation, with a focus on meeting an increasing demand for physician leaders in public health and preventive medicine. Training is tailored to meet the educational needs and professional interest of each physician, with the development of competency in the following areas: biostatistics, epidemiology, occupational and environmental medicine, planning and evaluation of health services, management of health care organizations, research into causes of disease and injury in population groups, and the practice of prevention in clinical medicine.

The UNM Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency Program offers two years of training during which practicum rotations are conducted concurrently with coursework leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree. Residents develop expertise through preventive medicine rotations, public health experiences, research and other activities. These components play an essential role in providing residents the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the preventive medicine competencies which are core to the specialty.

Benefits, such as health insurance, are available to House Officers of the University of New Mexico through the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.  Full tuition support is covered for our trainees to complete the MSCR degree.

Program Highlights

  • Mentorship by experienced public health practitioners in a variety of settings
  • Specialty expertise among multi-disciplinary mentors dedicated to resident education
  • Opportunities for interaction with a variety of stakeholders in prevention activities
  • Management, administration, communication and leadership development
  • Exposure to diversity in ethical, social and cultural issues relating to public health
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)
  • Program and policy development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Mentored research experience
  • Funding for each resident to attend a national professional meeting (presentation of original scholarship is encouraged)
  • Paid professional society memberships
  • Educational stipend
  • Translation of clinical science and epidemiology into preventive medicine practice