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Curriculum

The educational program in preventive medicine will run 24 months consecutively. This includes broad-based public health and preventive medicine education followed by focused general preventive medicine practical experiences.

Practice Sites

Our sites include the sponsoring institution, MMC as the main home site for clinical activities; UNE School of Public Health for MPH, Portland Public Health for general preventive medicine and government public health, VAMC for general preventive medicine and clinical preventive medicine, and Maine Health organizations for clinical and general preventive medicine rotations.

Trainees

Length of Training: All program trainees must complete 2 consecutive years of the training program, including the courses for a degree of MPH or equivalent. We will work with UNE School of Public health for this degree and that coursework and for additional guidance and supervision of the practicum project. 

Additionally, our program will recruit up to two trainees per year, who will have completed a primary residency or fellowship (family medicine, primary care or specialty medicine, pediatrics, infectious disease, obstetrics, anesthesia, surgery and subspecialties, radiology, etc.) Applications from residents who have not yet completed their primary program will be considered on a case by case basis, depending on specialty. We will not accept residents at PGY-2 level.

Preventive Medicine Curriculum

Trainee education must take place in settings where decisions about the health of defined populations are routinely made and where analyses and policies affecting the health of these individuals are under active study and development.

1) Clinical experiences must include participation in learning activities related to the current recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

2) Trainees must have a minimum of two months of direct patient care experience during each year of the program.

3) Trainees should be assigned to sites appropriate for specific learning activities, including hospitals, managed care organizations, health departments, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations.

4) Trainees must have a minimum of two months (or equivalent) experience at a governmental public health agency.

5) Trainees will complete the coursework necessary to get an MPH or equivalent degree.

The competencies include: Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice.

We have a specific document which delineates these competencies and the rotations in which we expect trainees to obtain exposure and expertise in the General Preventive medicine specific competencies and milestones.

Regularly scheduled didactic sessions (including MPH courses, public health and general preventive medicine: advanced applied epidemiology (to include acute and chronic disease); advanced biostatistics; advanced health services management; clinical preventive services; and risk/hazard control and communication.

Trainee evaluations will be ongoing, completed by staff and faculty of the individual rotation, and collated into summative and formative review every 6 months for tracking of progress towards milestones and practicum experience.

Rotation evaluation by the trainee, and evaluation of program and of faculty and of sites will occur on a yearly basis by trainees, and by the Program Evaluation Committee (made of faculty, staff, one trainee and community members).

An Advisory Committee will also guide the program and assure meeting of standards and implement innovation.

Trainee duty hours, policies on moonlighting, process for grievances and dealing with transitions of care are all delineated, following MMC general policies.