Welcome From the Program Director
The Cook County Health & Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine – Public Health & Preventive Medicine Program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is committed to training primary care and/or public health–oriented physicians in the principles and practices of population-based health care and in the care of underserved populations.
The two-year, ACGME–accredited residency has concurrent academic and practicum phases.
The program is focused on preparing physicians with skills to improve the organization and delivery of preventive and chronic care services in a population framework, with a focus on strategies to reduce health disparities. The educational goal of the program is anchored by an ethic of service, recognition of the dignity of our patients, respect for human diversity, and commitment to human rights.
Our trainees benefit from a diverse training experience created through collaboration and partnerships between Stroger Hospital and Northwestern Medicine (the aligned academic medical center formed by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NU-FSM) and Northwestern Medicine), other academic institutions on Chicago’s west side Medical Center campus, and with public health agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Pamela Ganschow, MD Program Director
Preventive Medicine Residency Blog
Introduction to Preventive Medicine Residency at Cook County Health
We are excited to welcome you to the official blog of the Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Program at Cook County Health and Hospitals System and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago! Over the past three months, we have experienced an intensive orientation, familiarity with the various clinic and hospital systems at Cook County Health, and most importantly, learning to care for the most vulnerable populations in Chicago. When speaking about preventive medicine to others outside of the field, we’re often asked, “Oh hey that’s great! But, what exactly is preventive medicine?”
Just like pediatricians take care of children and family physicians take care of families, preventive medicine doctors take care of populations and communities. We hope to share our backgrounds, experiences, knowledge, and thoughts on preventive medicine to help promote a fuller picture of this lesser known medical specialty.
Preventive medicine practices have been present since the turn of the 20th century when people began to realize that prevention of communicable diseases through basic hygiene practices significantly decreased the number of deaths. As a result, in 1915, the American Medical Association (AMA) formed a branch of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, recognizing the connection between the two fields. Today, the mission statement of the AMA is to “promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health”.
The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) became a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties in 1948. Subsequently the specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and General Preventive Medicine/Public Health were also certified, comprising the three main areas of preventive medicine. The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), a professional organization of physicians dedicated to prevention formed in 1954, and now has over 2,700 members working to continue advancing the fields of preventive medicine and public health.
Our program at Cook County was established in 1996 and is one of 73 accredited residency programs in preventive medicine in the U.S.. Like many programs, ours is quite small, comprising of 4 residents/fellows. There are only about 350 residents training in preventive medicine per year across the nation. These two-year post-graduate training programs require applicants to have completed an intern year, and specialties accepted depend on the program. Every preventive medicine program has a very individualized style of training based on the unique interests of each resident.
For all of us here in Chicago, this program has renewed our excitement and dedication to teaching and learning about prevention and public health. Deborah Manst, MD, MPH is focusing on cancer risk prevention and works in the cancer genetics clinic. Prathima Nagireddy, MD, MPH works in STI prevention and has experience working with the WHO. Jackie Korpics, MD is a board-certified pediatrician with an interest in Adverse Childhood Experiences and violence prevention. Melissa Palma, MD is focusing on combatting the opioid epidemic and health education in immigrant and refugee communities.
Welcome to our blog – we hope you enjoy what we have to say!
The overall educational objectives of the program are:
- To develop behavioral and technical clinical skills necessary for the delivery of preventive medicine services for reduction of morbidity and mortality from adult chronic diseases
- To plan, implement, and evaluate population-based initiatives in the setting of health care organizations and/or departments of public health
- To develop critical assessment, methodological, and analytic skills with respect to evidence based public health research, with a particular emphasis on links between epidemiology, behavioral medicine, and prevention
- To develop communication skills in the context of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary clinical and public health settings as well as academic and organizational/administrative settings
Possession of MD or DO degree from an ACGME accredited or dual accredited institution
Completion of an ACGME accredited residency program in a primary care specialty (internal medicine, family practice, or other specialty) is preferred. Physicians with career interests in public health who will have successfully completed a PGY-1 year and completed Step III of the USMLE by the time of entry into the program can also be considered. Documentation that a clinical PGY-1 year in an ACGME accredited program (internal medicine or family practice preferred) will be completed prior to initiating the Preventive Medicine program is an absolute requirement.