ERAS Program Number/NRMP Number: 1777380A0

Florida Health Palm Beach County

 

Welcome to the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County’s Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program. Throughout the years Palm Beach County has grown from a small seasonal population into a thriving community of over a million people. Like many metropolitan areas, our community is diverse. However, we have a unique viewpoint of being home to many modern technology firms and at the same time, one of the nation’s largest commercial farming communities.

Our Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program is an important part of the Health Department. Started by Dr. Carl Brumback, MD, MPH in 1956, it is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

 

Training in the Residency Program concentrates on these core areas: administration (including problem identification and analysis, program planning, management and evaluation, policy development and analysis, fiscal and personal components, legislative and political aspects, development of leadership skills, and inter-agency cooperation); epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental sciences; behavioral science, and clinical preventive medicine. The training is accomplished by rotations through the various programs and services of the Health Department, lectures and seminars, assumption of responsibility for development of programs and services, clinical assignments, and research projects. Residents are involved in dealing with crises such as outbreak investigation and control. The residents were very much involved in all aspects of the 2001anthrax attack that began in Palm Beach County, as well as the recent field investigations surrounding the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and Ebola outbreaks. Our residents have worked tirelessly throughout hurricanes that have plagued our community.

Until the Affordable Care Act passed, there has been too little recognition of the need for personnel trained in preventive medicine and public health. We provide our residents with a sound academic and clinical education to promote good public health and prevent disease, whether it’s in our community of Palm Beach County or another locality.

 

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