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General Preventive Medicine Residency

Elective Opportunities for Visiting Trainees

Electives for Visiting Residents & Medical Students

Medical students enrolled in the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical schools in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and resident-physicians enrolled in training programs may apply for a one-month research elective in preventive medicine with the General Preventive Medicine Residency (GPMR) Program. This rotation is formally precepted by the Program Director and supervised by the Chief Resident.

Objectives of our Research Elective in Preventive Medicine:

  1. To expose rotators to different aspects of preventive medicine in a theoretical and practical manner.
  2. To introduce rotators to statistical and epidemiological principles required for population-based fields.
  3. To learn and apply the Problem Solving in Public Health framework to an area of preventive medicine interest.
  4. To provide opportunity for rotators to pursue learning and make contacts with professionals at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  5. To familiarize rotators with our GPMR curriculum, residents, faculty and staff.

Rotation Components:

  1. Faculty Meetings/Mentorship: rotators meet one-on-one sessions during their rotation with the Program Director during their rotation.
  2. Problem Solving in Public Health Research Project: rotators conduct a short research project using the Problem Solving in Public Health framework, which will be taught throughout their rotation. Residents write a research paper and present their work during the last week of their rotation during the GPMR Administrative Rounds on January 20, 2023.
  3. Biostatistics and Epidemiology Modules: rotators independently complete online biostatistics and epidemiology modules then participate in a group discussion to consolidate knowledge learned.
  4. Journal Club: rotators participate in and lead journal club discussions on seminal preventive medicine articles.
  5. Virtual Public Health Agency Site Visits: rotators attend site visits at governmental public health agencies and to understand the role of these institutions and to meet public health leaders.
  6. Integration into GPMR Activities: rotators attend all GPMR first- and second- year activities during their elective.
  7. Rotation Shadowing: rotators have the opportunity to shadow second-year preventive medicine residents on their rotations.
  8. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Courses: rotators are welcome to attend Master of Public Health courses of interest during their elective.
  9. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Seminars: rotators are notified of seminars at the School of Public Health, and will be required to attend select sessions according to the discretion of the Chief Resident.
  10. Community Outreach Opportunities: rotators may pursue community outreach activities during their elective.

The Research Elective in Preventive Medicine will be held one time each year (typically in January).

Elective Dates:

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we will be offering an in-person 1-month elective during the academic year 2022-2023. The dates for this elective have been set for January 3, 2023 - January 27, 2023.

For anyone who visits to take the elective, our institution has developed a policy requiring all visiting students and residents to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, we will coordinate with your home institution to verify this. If selected, visiting medical students will also be asked to complete a separate application process through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (details available at .

 If you are interested in applying to the elective, please send your CV and a brief personal statement (no more than 1 page) describing your interest in the specialty or the elective opportunity to GPMR Chief Resident, Dr. Jade Cobern, at

 Applications can be submitted between Monday, August 15th and Friday, September 30th, 2022. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and all decisions will be communicated by Friday, October 14, 2022.

We are excited to offer this elective in-person again, and we hope you apply! Please feel free to reach out to Jade with any questions.