Geniene Wilson, MD
As a family medicine doctor, I have always struggled to focus on the patient in front of me without thinking about the bigger issues that affect my patient’s health. After completing a family medicine residency, I founded an International Clinic in Lewiston, Maine, caring for refugees from Somalia and Sudan. As medical director of this clinic, I developed refugee health-screening protocols that focused on this underserved population with unique needs. Today, I am a faculty member at a family medicine residency program and I care for underserved patients, including people living with HIV/AIDS. I see the effects of the social determinants of health on my patients every day and the preventive medicine residency gives me a platform to work on these big picture issues that are so important to health. The UAlbany preventive medicine residency offers a wonderful opportunity to formalize my interest in population health and to work with the NY department of health as I learn. I am very proud to be a part of it!
Suzanne Kreienberg, MD
Omotayo Majekodunmi, MD
It was during my PGY-2 year of internal medicine residency training that I came to the realization that the individual-only focus of the current health care system was not going to be beneficial to me as a physician and the individuals I have taken an oath to serve. This realization came to a head in my PGY-3 year and I made the decision to go back to what brought to me to medicine and health in the first place- Prevention. I grew up in Nigeria with a Public Health Nurse mum at a time when preventive medicine was the only kind of medicine practiced. A prevention approach to health makes more sense to me than our current curative model. Our patients spend more time in their communities than they do in our offices. It is very short sighted of us as physicians to think that the short 10-15 minutes we spend with them once a year or even every 3 months is going to make a huge impact on their health status. If we cannot change their communities, we have very little hope of changing the individual. I am so excited to be part of the UAlbany Preventive Medicine Program and I am hoping the skills and exposures I have during these next 2 years will help me show other clinicians that they have a huge role to play in community and public health.
Alda O., MD
Prior to joining the UAlbany Preventive Medicine residency program, I was working as a primary care physician in a medically underserved urban area. While working at my clinic, I became involved in several projects to improve the community’s health. These experiences led me to shift my focus from individual-level to population-level care. I joined the Preventive Medicine program to gain the skills and tools necessary to think broadly, conduct health and needs assessments, and aid communities in designing interventions to improve both community and population health. My interests lie in health care disparities, accessibility, and equity. The UAlbany program has given me the opportunity to learn from both the School of Public Health and the NYS Department of Health. I am very excited!
Graduates of the program