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General Preventive Medicine Residency


Program Director

Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH

Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, currently serves as the program director for the residency program, a position she has held since 1996. In this capacity, she has taught and mentored more than 100 practicing preventive medicine residents.

Dr. Alexander also serves as the director of the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center. In her role with the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center, she serves as an instructor providing training to practicing members of the public health workforce in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Alexander actively teaches and precepts medical students in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is the primary instructor of the “Introduction to Public Health” course on the undergraduate campus.

Dr. Alexander joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in 1995 and served as director of the Master of Public Health program from 1997 to July 2002.

In addition to her many activities within the university, Dr. Alexander also serves as corporate medical director at McCormick and Company where she provides direct patient care and physician consultative services to all their occupational health programs.

Dr. Alexander is also actively involved in preventive medicine on a national level. She is the president of the American College of Preventive Medicine and serves on the Residency Review Committee for Preventive Medicine of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. She recently completed a 9-year term on the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Prior to 1995, Dr. Alexander was the medical director at Bethlehem Steel from 1991 until 1995 which provided her a unique perspective in both occupational and preventive medicine.

Dr. Alexander completed her residency training at Johns Hopkins University and is board certified in general preventive medicine. She received her medical and bachelor’s degrees from Cornell University in New York.

Assistant Program Director

Clearance LamClarence Lam, MD, MPH, currently serves as assistant program director for the residency program. He was chief resident for the residency program during the 2011-12 academic year. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in political science and biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

While in medical school, Dr. Lam was elected as the student body president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and he served on the health affairs staff of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives where he conducted oversight investigations on drug safety policy. He also worked as an analyst at the Center for Biosecurity where he authored several publications on biodefense policy and public health preparedness. During residency, he was a representative to his institution’s Graduate Medical Education Committee and Residency Advisory Committee. He was also elected as the Vice President of Membership and Recruitment for the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Resident Physicians Section. In the past, he served two AmeriCorps terms in health education and advocacy in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 2010, Dr. Lam successfully ran for elected office to serve on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee. He also serves as an elected member of the Maryland Democratic State Central Committee and as an Executive Director of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Leadership Council of the Maryland Democratic Party.

In addition to his responsibilities as chief resident, he currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on drug shortages, is on the legislative staff of the only physician in the Maryland General Assembly, and serves on the boards of several community organizations, including as Vice Chair of the Howard County Community Action Council and also of Healthy Howard, an award-winning program whose mission is to ensure that access to medical and preventive care is available to all residents in Howard County, Maryland.

Chief Resident

Laura Sander

Laura Sander, MD, MPH currently serves as the Chief Resident of the residency program. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medicine with a minor in Mandarin Chinese at the Pennsylvania State University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her Master in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Sander’s interest in medicine and public health developed as an international high school student in China. In 2006, she took an additional year of medical school to return to China in a medical capacity. While there she participated in clinical rotations, conducted a survey of hand hygiene practices at a tertiary care center, and engaged in health education and health promotion activities in a rural, Tibetan region of China.

Prior to pursuing preventive medicine training, Dr. Sander completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As an internal medicine resident, she was a member of both the primary care and global health equities tracks. During residency, she maintained a continuity clinic in South Philadelphia serving Chinese immigrants and provided clinical care for refugees in Penn’s Refugee Clinic. She also spent three months of her residency training in Kenya, where she worked alongside local clinicians in a public hospital and in an outpatient clinic, and engaged in research and health promotion activities with community health workers.

As a preventive medicine resident, Dr. Sander’s academic work focused on policy and programmatic development for underserved populations, both domestically and globally. Her capstone project involved creating and evaluating health education materials for refugees resettled into Baltimore City. Her practicum rotations included work on the African Partnerships for Patient Safety Program with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, a heat-related mortality study with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the prenatal risk assessment process with the Baltimore City Health Department, an analysis of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases research in China, and the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Events with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. During residency Dr. Sander was elected as Vice President of Membership and Recruitment with the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Resident Physicians Section. Throughout residency she also worked clinically in a federally qualified health center and as a hospitalist.

In addition to her responsibilities as Chief Resident, Dr. Sander continues to work as a general internist at a federally qualified health center and as a hospitalist in Baltimore. She is also leading a research project with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on noncommunicable diseases among HIV-positive patients in Uganda.