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What does a residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health have to offer?

  • A fully-funded Master of Public Health degree.
  • A wide variety of experiences and career paths. These include: outbreak investigations, policy development, travel and tropical medicine, research, operational medicine, chem/bio response, humanitarian assistance, and the impact of the military environment on soldiers.
  • Relevance to the military. Readiness, homeland defense, family and civilian employee health.
  • A focus on prevention rather than disease management.
  • A lifestyle that allows you to enjoy your family.
  • Job satisfaction. We have the highest job enjoyment and satisfaction of any specialty!

What do residents do in the WRAIR Preventive Medicine (PM) residency?

The residency includes MPH coursework at Johns Hopkins or the Uniformed Services University, as well as clinical experiences through the residency program, during the PGY-2 year. The residency is focused on public health research during the PGY-3 year, as we're located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). There are also rotations in several core areas of public health, in which residents:
  • Complete the Military Tropical Medicine course at the Uniformed Services University and participate in a 2 week tropical public health field mission.
  • Rotate through the different areas of a local health department
  • Perform staff work at the Proponency Office for Preventive Medicine at the Office of the Surgeon General
  • Complete a surveillance project at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC).
  • Analyze health care systems during a Group Performance Improvement Project.
  • Complete research at one of the DoD Overseas Research labs such as Thailand or Kenya.
  • Participate in public health education and evaluation programs in the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Armenia, and others (optional).
There is no call, and generally no weekend duty unless you are TDY involved in an outbreak investigation or other special assignment.

How do I apply for the WRAIR Preventive Medicine residency?

You may apply for Preventive Medicine as a PGY-1 or PGY-2 in the same way as any other specialty via the Army GME website. The PM internship is a transitional year, but you can select a Preventive Medicine preliminary as your affiliation. Please contact the residency director for further information.

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Silver Spring, MD
301-319-9218 DSN 285

Last Modified Date: 09-September-2016

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