Preventive Medicine Residency Program
The New York State Preventive Medicine Residency Program (NYSPMR) is jointly sponsored by the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Public Health. It prepares physicians for leadership careers in public health, providing a broad background in the academic and practical skills necessary to work effectively in the field.
The primary educational setting -- the New York State Department of Health -- is the one of the nation's largest, most comprehensive state health departments. Because of the wealth of programs operated by the Department, residents can tailor their course of study to meet their own interests in public health, with many dedicated public health professionals available to serve as advisors, teachers, and role models.
The NYSPMR program came up with its Top Ten Prevention Tips - health tips to help prevent diseases and improve health. Read more about population medicine here.
Cancer Prevention Track
Since 2004 with support from the American Cancer Society, we have offered a special Cancer Prevention Track for residents with a strong interest in cancer prevention and control. Residents in this track focus on cancer-related topics during their MPH coursework and practicum rotations, including cancer screening, tobacco control, physical activity promotion, epidemiology of AIDS-related cancers, and cancer surveillance. They also have opportunities to work with the Northeast Division of the American Cancer Society, headquartered in Albany.
Medical Student Elective
The NYS Preventive Medicine Residency Program offers a 1-3 month elective (click here for description) for third and fourth-year medical students. The elective introduces students to the practice of public health at the state or county level, and it provides opportunities to conduct public health projects tailored to their interests. Students attend weekly seminars with preventive medicine residents and participate in monthly journal club and occasional field trips. They carry out a core project dealing with a current health department priority. Projects address issues such as teen pregnancy, vaccine-preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention, occupational asthma, or childhood lead poisoning. If you need the application form you can find it here (note: link opens word document). For further information, please contact us.