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New residency program approved

The Department of Community and Preventive Medicine has received approval from the national Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education for the first new residency program at Rochester in nearly a decade. The General Preventive Medicine residency program in the School of Medicine and Dentistry will train physicians who plan to work in community health.

Residents will complete supervised rotations at the Medical Center, Eastman Kodak Company, the Monroe County Department of Health, and community sites and clinics in the Rochester area. Rotations at the New York State Health Department in Albany and the Onondaga County Department of Health also are options.

Graduates of preventive medicine residency programs typically assume leadership positions in organizations responsible for the health of populations, such as federal, state, and municipal health departments; corporate medical offices; HMOs; occupational medicine programs; and academic health centers. The new Rochester program plans to enroll its first graduates in July 2004.

"It's gratifying to know that we'll be able to offer such important experience to residents," says Thomas Pearson, chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. "More and more, people are realizing the crucial role that preventive medicine plays in health care."

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