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!
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!
Michael Waxman, MD
My interest in public health work thus far has been in the nexus between marginalized populations and Emergency Medicine. I began medical school in 2001. Over the next 14 years, I have many wonderful opportunities. I did my residency in Emergency Medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City; learned Spanish while living in Mexico, Chile, and Argentina; lived and worked in Western Kenya for one year while spearheaded one of the first emergency department-based HIV testing efforts in East-Africa; researched emergency department-based preventive interventions in the US; and logged a lot of hours in the emergency department taking care of folks who were often down and out.
As a clinician and researcher I have always been aware of health care disparities. As I progress in my career, however, I have become increasingly aware that the solutions to these health care disparities need to be addressed – not only by compassionate clinical care – but also by advocacy, health policy work, and rigorous study. To this end, my professional goals are to explore novel ways to improve the healthcare of marginalized populations in the local, regional, national, and global spheres. Of course, in life, both professionally and personally, we continue to learn every day. I joined the Preventive Medicine Residency as a crucial next step in building the skill set I will need to launch into the next part of my career.
Michael Caldwell, MD MPH
I have dedicated my life and my career to serving others and improving our community. It was in medical school and then Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai that I became very interested in tobacco prevention and control and I led student efforts to get our school and medical center to become a smokefree environment. During my time as Commissioner of Health at Duchess County, NY I continued my work in tobacco control and eventually led a successful effort to get Dutchess County and then NY State to pass very strong smokefree workplace laws. At the state and national level I took on leadership positions first as the Chair of the Tobacco Prevention & Control Committee at NACCHO (National Association of County & City Health Officials) and then as President of first NYSACHO and then NACCHO.
I now want to continue to serve others and improve our community in a different work setting outside of government. Now that the Complementary Pathway is available, I am looking forward to achieving board certification in Preventive Medicine as well as recertifying in Internal Medicine. This will strengthen my experience, fund of knowledge and demonstrate my commitment to excellence as I transition to a new work environment outside of government.
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Graduates of the program