The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional medical society of more than 2,700 preventive medicine and public health physicians who manage, research, and influence population health. Preventive medicine physicians are employed in a wide range of sectors and settings, and ACPM Fellows are sought after leaders in local, national, and international health sectors. To these specialists, ACPM provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of knowledge and offers high-quality educational programs as well as professional development resources and networking opportunities.
Preventive medicine is practiced by all physicians to keep their patients healthy. It is also a unique medical specialty that addresses the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Preventive medicine involves the assessment of population health and health care needs, the development of policy and strategy, the promotion of health, the control and prevention of disease, and the organization of services.
Preventive medicine specialists are licensed medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO) who possess core competencies in a wide range of medical, social, economic, and behavioral science fields. Physicians specialize in preventive medicine by selecting a licensed residency program and attaining board certification.
Each year ACPM hosts the annual 'Preventive Medicine' conference, the premier event for professionals in disease prevention and health promotion. The meeting advances the science of preventive medicine through state-of-the-art educational programming and abundant networking opportunities. Previous meetings from ACPM have been recorded and are offered for continuing medical education credits.
Members are also encouraged to join committees and sections, and to pursue other mentoring and volunteer opportunities. Most groups are open to all members and appointments are typically made in conjunction with the annual conference.
The ACPM Board of Regents is comprised of executive officers and at-large members elected by the full membership and is guided by the bylaws, strategic plan, and codes of ethics to assure the highest level of professionalism for the College and the membership in the practice of preventive medicine. Committees, sections, and task forces also address other operational functions of the Society and topics relevant to preventive medicine and various member sub-specialties.