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Promote Health with Preventive Medicine Principles

By Jill Waalen, MD, MPH, FACPM

As reimbursement models and the healthcare system continue to transform, physicians will need to utilize more techniques and interventions proven to promote health and reduce disease risk. Providers looking to improve their knowledge in these areas should explore preventive medicine.

Preventive medicine is practiced by all physicians to keep their patients healthy. It is also a medical specialty—one of 24 recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties—practiced by MDs and DOs who are uniquely equipped to manage, research, and influence the health of populations. Physicians who specialize in preventive medicine work everyday to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being of individuals, as well as prevent disease, disability and death in communities.

Core competencies of the specialty include biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational medicine, planning and evaluation of health services, management of healthcare organizations, research into causes of disease and injury in population groups, and the practice of prevention in clinical medicine.

For physicians interested in gaining knowledge and skills in these topics, the American College of Preventive Medicine offers the Preventive Medicine Review Course. This online course is an opportunity for physicians of all specialties and backgrounds to learn prevention and health promotion techniques that can be incorporated into everyday practice. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define the core principles and concepts of preventive medicine
  • Understand how to incorporate the fundamentals of prevention into primary care
  • Identify their gaps in knowledge related to disease prevention and population health
  • Understand how epidemiology and biostatistics help practitioners manage the health of a community or population

Expand your understanding of population medicine, preventive care and community health with the Preventive Medicine Review Course, which has been approved for credit by the American Boards of: Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Psychiatry and Neurology.

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Dr. Jill Waalen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute and Scripps Translational Science Institute. She and other preventive medicine and public health experts developed and teach ACPM’s board review courses.

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