All trainees entering the program have completed the clinical training requirement mandated by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. During the past five years, the majority (75%) of trainees have completed clinical training in internal medicine, pediatrics or family practice prior to enrolling in the preventive medicine training program. All trainees are encouraged to spend one to two half days per week in an ambulatory care setting for one to two years. The University of Massachusetts Medical School and its affiliated community health centers offer a wide variety of supervised clinical experiences. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in the following clinical activities: family practice, internal medicine or pediatric ambulatory care in rural, urban or suburban community health centers, outpatient medicine in a medical center or managed care organization, urgent care in hospital, HMO or community health centers. Specialty clinics are available in the following areas: correctional health, family planning, STD control, cardiac rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, complementary medicine, homeless clinics, substance abuse programs, free clinics.
Trainees who have completed clinical training and are board certified in a primary care specialty have the option of participating in moonlighting programs that are sanctioned by the Office of Graduate Medical Education. Trainees choosing to participate in moonlighting activities are required to obtain approval of the Program Director and to limit the hours to eight per week. The Program Director encourages trainees to choose activities that are related to preventive medicine and public health, e.g. correctional facilities, federally qualified community health centers, STD clinics, etc. Trainees are reminded that moonlighting activities may not be used to fulfill training requirements.