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Preventive Medicine Residency Program FAQs

  • PGY2: Coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and administration, environmental health, and behavioral aspects of health to obtain a Master of Public Health degree. This takes place at one of the affiliated California schools of public health.
  • PGY3: Placement in a public health department to learn and apply skills of public health: biostatistics and epidemiology, public health practice and administration (program and policy development, implementation, and evaluation; financial and human resources administration), social and behavioral medicine, clinical preventive services, and specific public health program areas (e.g.. communicable disease, chronic disease and injury control, maternal and child health, environmental and occupational health). While supervision is maintained via a site preceptor and the program staff, residents are allowed to assume progressively increasing responsibility for public health activities and clinical experience according to their level of training, ability and experience.
  • Completion, during the PGY3 year, of a scientific and quantitative major project in a public health/preventive medicine topic of the resident's choice
  • Stipend - PGY2: approximately $42,000 per annum for PGY2 residents.  No additional payment will be made for health insurance or any related educational expenses.  Health insurance is provided by the student health plan at the University of California.
  • Stipend - PGY3: approximately $44,000 per annum for PGY3 residents.  No additional payment will be made for health insurance or any related educational expenses. Health insurance is provided by the student health plan at the University of California. 
  • The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have developed a list of competencies and milestones in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health which each preventive medicine resident shall work towards mastering during theirPGY2 and PGY3 years.  Mastery of a specific competency is achieved through a combination of coursework completed in the MPH program and practical work experience. The goal for each resident is to achieve as many competencies as possible, especially those that would be important and relevant to immediate future career goals. The competencies are listed and explained on the following pages. 
  • The Milestones/Competencies Planning Chart will be an important tool to guide residency activities and to measure the competencies achieved during the residency. They will be used to determine successful completion of the residency, the quality of the training, and eligibility for the Preventive Medicine Board Exam.  These tools also fulfill ACGME requirements for preventive medicine residency programs.  Finally, they can be used as a record of the skills, experience and expertise relevant to pursue employment positions after completion of the residency.

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