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Resident Physician Section

The ACPM Resident Physician Section (RPS) is the national voice of preventive medicine residents on issues effecting training, policy, and education. The College provides RPS members with educational resources and offers a forum for networking with many of the most innovative and experienced leaders in preventive medicine and public health.

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Volunteer for the 2018-2019 RPS Leadership
The ACPM Resident Physician Section is accepting nominations for section leadership positions for the 2018-2019 term including president, executive vice-president, and several vice-presidents. Submission must include a CV and a personal statement, up to 250 words, through the Section's online nominations form. Nominations are due by April 2.

Residency Program Director Survey Responses
September 2017

Integrative Medicine: A Patient-Centered Interdisciplinary Model
Webinar; March 8 (6pm EST)

Integrative Medicine is a patient-centered model which uses the contemporary Allopathic Medicine Principles of surgery and modern medicine and incorporates other strategies such as manipulative medicine, herbal therapy, functional nutrition, energy medicine, homeopathy, and other body-mind practices. In this webinar two practitioners in integrative medicine will describe when and how to use these strategies and review cases that have successfully used some of these methods. Please register in advance to participate.

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Alison Bested, MD is the Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, Chair of Integrative Medicine, and Clinical Director of the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine’s Clinic and the Director of Student Research at the Dr. Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Alison Bested trained as a hematological pathologist in clinical and laboratory hematology, genetics, immunohematology, internal medicine and oncology. For the past 26 years, Dr. Bested treated patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Lyme disease. Dr. Bested coauthored Health Canada’s Canadian Consensus Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She has coauthored 2 books: Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and The Complete Fibromyalgia Health Diet Guide and Cookbook. She coauthored the 2014 ME/CFS Primer for Clinicians for The International Association of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the 2015 Review of Myalgic.

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Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., ND, MBA, MH, CNC, CNHP is a doctor of Pharmacy and licensed pharmacist, naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist and chef who is committed to finding the safest and most effective means to promote health and wellness over disease and illness. She is an Assistant Professor in the Integrative Medicine Department and faculty in the M.S. Nutrition Program at the Kirin C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. She is Director of the Functional Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Therapy practice in the Nova Southeastern University Clinic Pharmacy. Dr. Lafferty created a certificate program in Functional Nutrition and Herbal Therapy for Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors and other licensed health care practitioners within the M.S. Nutrition program. She is proud to serve on the boards of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Broward County Pharmacy Association, and commissioner on the Broward County Substance Abuse Task Force. Her research is focused on natural medicine and supplementation therapy and is currently conducting research on Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Immune Builders, Herbal considerations in the elderly populations, discrimination of patients, and genomics.


The RPS Governing Council sets priorities and conducts the business of the Section. Officers serve 1-year terms and are charged with managing communications, policy and education, membership and recruitment, and other general activities.

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RPS members receive full ACPM member benefits, including a subscription to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), and discounts on publications and event registration. RPS members may also vote in the College's elections, but are unable to serve in office (this privilege is reserved for ACPM Fellows).

We encourage you to become involved in ACPM—your professional society! Members often find that RPS membership serves as a gateway to many rewarding, professional experiences and networking opportunities. Preventive medicine is a rapidly changing specialty and offers a wide array of opportunities for growth and development. RPS encourages its members to seize these opportunities and work toward the betterment of the profession.

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ACPM develops and advocates for public and practice policies consistent with scientific principles of the discipline of preventive medicine. Residents are encouraged to participate in advocacy activities organized by the College.

Policy & Government Affairs 2017 Policy Priorities Policy Issues

Watch RPS Members Participate in ACPM's Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Preventive Medicine?

In the United States, preventive medicine is a medical specialty, one of the 24 recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). It encompasses three main areas of specialization: aerospace medicine; occupational medicine; and general preventive medicine and public health.

Preventive Medicine Board Certification About ACPM

How does one become boarded in Preventive Medicine?

In order to become board-certified in one of the preventive medicine areas of specialization, a licensed U.S. physician (M.D. or D.O.) must successfully complete a preventive medicine medical residency program following a one year internship. Following that, the physician must complete a year of practice in that special area and pass the preventive medicine board examination. The residency program is at least two years in length, and includes completion of a post-graduate masters degree in public health (MPH). The board exam takes an entire day: The morning session concentrates on general preventive medicine questions while the afternoon session concentrates on the one of the three areas of specialization that the applicant has studied.

In addition, there are two subspecialty areas of certification — medical toxicology (MT) and undersea and hyperbaric medicine (UHB) (formerly undersea medicine) — which require sitting for an examination following successful completion of an MT or UHB fellowship and prior board certification in one of the 24 ABMS-recognized specialties.

How can I learn more about the Preventive Medicine Board examination?

For information on taking the preventive medicine board examination, please visit the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) website.


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