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The PMR/F includes two preventive medicine programs that provide hands-on experience in public health agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The PMR/F programs promote public health leadership, integrating knowledge and skills of medicine and other clinical professions with population health. Graduates are poised to assume leadership roles in public health.

The programs consist of a residency (PMR) for physicians and a fellowship (PMF) for physicians and other health professionals.

Developing Public Health Leaders

Both programs provide experiential training that focuses on developing and applying critical leadership skills needed for policy development, program evaluation, and community health improvement. During their on-the-job training, participants perform key activities that bridge medical and public health sector gaps to improve population wellness.

CDC’s Preventive Medicine residents and fellows complete the following activities:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate public health programs
  • Develop or analyze health policy
  • Conduct a community health improvement project
  • Manage public health and preventive medicine projects
  • Bridge medical and public health sectors to improve wellness

Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR)

The PMR is a 24-month program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and meets the residency requirement of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) for the Public Health and General Preventive Medicine specialty. For more information, see the ACGME Preventive Medicine Program Requirements.

Preventive Medicine Fellowship (PMF)

The PMF is a 12-month program similar to PMR. The PMF is intended for physicians who do not meet eligibility criteria for PMR and veterinarians or nurses with a Masters in Public Health or equivalent degree.

Preventive Medicine Practitioners Needed

A 2007 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report documented shortages of trained public health workers, including public health and preventive medicine physicians. CDC offers opportunities to train in a high demand specialty and provide a critical service to communities and the nation. Learn more about the IOM report.