The General Preventive Medicine (GPM) Residency Program at the Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine (TAMHSC COM), Round Rock, is designed to give physicians a solid educational foundation and a sound clinical groundwork in the science of general preventive medicine. The program’s mission is to train physicians to work proficiently towards the health of individuals and populations in order to promote and maintain health and well-being and prevent disease and disability.
A first year clinical phase is not provided, but is required prior to entrance. We require at a minimum that an internship be completed in a Translational year, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Pediatrics, or Surgery. Our preference is for applicants who have completed a residency in one of these specialty programs and be board eligible or board certified.
The program is divided into two phases, each of which forms an integral part of the physician’s overall educational experience: a Broad-Based Education Year and a Focused Preventive Medicine Education Year.
Broad-Based Education Year
The Broad-Based Education Phase of the program requires twelve months of intensive academic work that will lead to a Master of Public Health degree. It satisfies the academic requirements set forth by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The School of Public Health (SPH) has prescribed course-work that must be completed to obtain the Master of Public Health degree. There are five (5) required core courses: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Approaches, and Principles of Environmental and Occupational Health. In addition, there is a requirement to take the course Public Health Systems. Additional advanced courses: advanced applied epidemiology (to include acute and chronic disease), advanced biostatistics, advanced health services management, clinical preventive services, and risk/hazard control and communication are required. Residents are required to complete the Capstone Course and the resident will finish with a 200-hour practicum experience. During both years residents will participate in two half-day clinics per week. (e.g. VA Clinics in Austin, WCCHD)
Focused Preventive Medicine Education Year
This phase provides continued didactic learning as well as applied concepts in a variety of supervised preventive and public health settings, such as the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Williamson County and Cities Health District and other sites in the vicinity. In this phase the resident will implement the public health and preventive medicine concepts learned in the Academic Phase. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge of the epidemiological and biostatistical techniques needed to practice general preventive medicine in other situations because the population assessment and program development techniques learned in a special population, e.g. health promotion and enhancing of health environments and behaviors, can be generalized to other communities and population groups.
The practicum rotations include, but are not limited to
- Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD)-required, begins August PGY-2
- Texas Dept. of State Health Services-elective
- VA Clinic (Austin/Cedar Park)-elective
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)-1 month elective
- MD Anderson Cancer Center-1 or 2 months elective
- Local American Cancer Society (ACS)-elective
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-1 or 2 month elective
- American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)-Pfizer Health Policy, Adolescent Health-1 or 2 month elective
- APTR rotation at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)-1 or 2 month elective
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-1 or 2 month elective
- Rural/Migratory Health with the National Center for Farmworker Health-1 or 2 month elective