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General Preventive Medicine Residency

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.

Please note medical students must also submit application materials to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For information on applying for a medical student elective, please click here. To receive application forms, send your address or fax number by e-mail to

The program typically holds one Fall and one Spring elective, the specific dates are determined by the Chief Resident annually in July.

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 preventative 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 schedule three one-on-one sessions during their rotation with the Chief Resident and one session with the Program Director during their rotation.
  2. Problem Solving in Public Health Research Project:  rotators conduct a short research project in their area of interest 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.
  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. 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 Mater 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 two times per academic year:

We invite you to apply for this rotation by submitting a C.V. and a short statement (250 words) describing how being selected to participate in this elective will enhance and further your career as a physician.  Please submit these materials or any questions regarding this elective to our chief resident Mary Carol Jennings with subject "GPMR Elective Rotation Application."