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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 January GPMR Administrative Rounds.
  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 2023-2024. The dates for this elective are January 2, 2024, through January 30, 2024. 

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 must 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 AY23-24 GPMR Chief Resident, Dr. Julie Whitis, at

 Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Application deadline is October 1, 2023, and rotators will be notified no later than October 20, 2023, if they are accepted into this elective.


Affiliates of General Preventive Medicine Residency

The JHSPH General Preventive Medicine Residency Program is extending an opportunity to two physicians interested in preventive medicine and also concurrently enrolled within the School’s MPH program to become affiliates of the residency. Affiliation with the residency program provides an opportunity for the physicians to attend all the residency-related activities planned for junior preventive medicine (PM1) residents, including journal clubs, modules and didactic sessions, monthly residency rounds, networking events, and opportunities to serve as a teaching assistant for different MPH courses.  

The affiliation with the residency program does not result in any degrees or certificates, although the physicians can request a letter of support from the residency program director upon successful completion of their year-long affiliation.  

Interested physicians can contact residency program director, Dr. Clarence Lam (, or residency academic director, Dr. Elham Hatef (, with a copy of their CV and a one-page cover letter summarizing their interests in preventive medicine and goals for this experience. The affiliation will start at the beginning of MPH training (Summer) and will be concluded at the end of the MPH training (next May) of each academic year