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Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine Training Program

Scholarly Activities

The training program includes a number of required and elective scholarly activities that are designed to enhance our trainees’ learning experiences and promote career development.  The following scholarly activities are required for all trainees:

  • Participation and presentations in the weekly preventive medicine seminar series
  • Participation in the monthly board review sessions
  • Attendance at the annual Health Policy Forum at the Statehouse in Boston
  • Participation in the monthly Family Medicine Research Forum
  • Attendance at a national or regional meeting each year; trainees are encouraged to submit an abstract or poster
  • Completion of a research project and a presentation of the results in the Preventive Medicine Seminar
  • Participation in at least one teaching activity such as: serving as an Instructor for the Population Health Clerkship, Interstitial Clerkship, or Epidemiology and Biostatistics course for UMMS medical students, serving as a Teaching Assistant for an MPH course, or leading workshops for Family Medicine Residents
  • Membership on a committee, task force, or advisory group of the trainee’s choice


The weekly preventive medicine seminar is an integral curricular element in the training program.  Preventive medicine core faculty, with input from trainees, develop a two year schedule of seminar sessions that cover topics such as community health, public health policy, occupational and environmental health, study design and data management, public health practice, clinical prevention, clinical epidemiology, program management and administration, mental health, outbreak investigation, surveillance systems, injury prevention, quality improvement, etc.  The seminar series also includes leadership workshops, public health fieldtrips, health policy debates, public health media critique exercises and regular review of the monthly CDC Vital Signs reports. In addition to providing trainees with important didactic and skill-building training, the seminar speakers serve as important role models with expertise in diverse areas of public health and preventive medicine. The seminar sessions are very interactive and provide robust opportunities for trainees to enhance teaching and communication skills.

The monthly departmental research symposium provides trainees with the opportunity to learn about research from faculty members who are in the process of conducting a variety of studies. During the second year of training, trainees are required to present their research projects during one of the monthly meetings. They receive valuable feedback regarding study design, analysis plan and study limitations from experienced researchers in the department

In addition to required scholarly activities, trainees are encouraged to attend appropriate local, state and regional conferences, academic and clinical presentations at the Medical Center, departmental grand rounds, and departmental research forums in family medicine, behavioral medicine, pediatrics and primary care. Trainees who complete research projects that are appropriate for publication are encouraged to write manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.

Required (R) and Optional (O) conferences and activities