General Preventive Medicine

Our Preventative Medicine Program focuses on arenas of Health Maintenance, Disease Prevention and Correctional Health care. This is one of only five such programs in the country.

All combined residents have the opportunity to complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree as a component of their four years of training. MPH classes are integrated into their Internal Medicine rotation schedule, therefore providing a unique combination of clinical exposure, didactics, and research during their training.

The mission of the Combined Internal Medicine / General Preventive Medicine Residency Program is to provide physicians with the educational foundation and skills of preventive medicine and public health, to help them acquire leading roles in the field of public health, and to work proficiently towards the health of individuals and populations. The end goal is to promote and maintain health and well-being and prevent disease and disability.

The impetus for the program originated out of a unique relationship between UTMB and the Texas Department of Corrections (now known as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-TDCJ). Because of this relationship, UTMB has provided healthcare to TDCJ inmates for decades, and the program's success has broadened in line with one of UTMB's core values: to ensure access of quality healthcare to the socioeconomically disadvantaged.

More information can be located at the GPM website:

Resident Testimony "What motivated me towards the Combined Internal Medicine/General Preventive Medicine Residency Program is the unique opportunity I had to broaden my perspective on medicine and public health and understand the role of the healthcare system in the community—having a bird's eye view to recognize that health and illness do not start when an individual enters the healthcare system, but rather is more complex and multi-factorial involving the social determinants of health including an individual's socioeconomic status, physical environment, and social norms. Thus, as a physician, it is important for me to consider my patient more than someone within the confines of an exam room or a hospital bed. It is about taking a more holistic approach when caring for my patient. For instance, asking questions: Where does my patient live and work? Will my patient be able to fill this prescription? Does my patient have the means to buy fresh produce? Taking a step back and looking at the population level has also given me more insight into the importance of striving for cultural competency and sensitivity in our practice of medicine especially with the various health disparities present in our communities among minorities and vulnerable populations.

My experiences thus far in the program include conducting various QI (Quality Improvement) Projects such as diabetes care within our outpatient and inpatient settings, performing a program evaluation for the Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT) program at Harris County Public Health, attending conferences including an extensive health disparities workshop in Houston, and helping with a wellness program for residents at UTMB. During my fourth year, the anticipated experiences include direct patient care as well as providing guidance in QI projects at one of our internal medicine clinics, working at the Cancer Survivorship Clinic at MD Anderson, rotating at Galveston County Health District, taking a month-long course on Healthcare Management, rotating at UTMB Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, and taking care of patients from vulnerable populations including refugees at a federally qualified health center (FQHC), HOPE Clinic, in Houston. I am confident that the training from this combined program has equipped me for my future career aspirations as well as for my intent to be engaged as a leader in medicine especially during a time of transformation in the U.S. healthcare system."
Dr. Sarah Siddiqui
Site Managed by UTMB Information Design Services.