The approach to matching incoming preventive medicine residents to their training programs will be updated from a manual to an automated process beginning the 2024/2025 resident application cycle.

  Washington, DC – The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), in conjunction with the Public Health and General Preventive Medicine (PH/GPM) Residency programs across the nation, has taken the bold and historic step of joining the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the specialty beginning with the 2024/2025 application cycle. As the national medical specialty society and professional home of preventive medicine physicians, ACPM encourages physicians to enter the specialty and address the growing demand for preventive medicine and public health specialists.

This groundbreaking initiative is set to revolutionize the Preventive Medicine residency matching process. With over 40 PH/GPM programs nationwide, the specialty of Preventive Medicine and the future of the public health workforce will benefit from joining the NRMP by featuring preventive medicine as an option to over 50,000 physician applicants. The NRMP’s algorithm streamlines the matching process, significantly enhancing the ACPM’s previous manual Standardized Acceptance Process (SAP), to produce the best fit more efficiently for both applicants and programs.

“This is a great step forward for medical students and physicians seeking to specialize in Preventive Medicine,” said Dr. Mirza Rahman, president of ACPM. “This new approach will better match physicians to programs that meet their needs and also address the needs of their surrounding communities, while preparing them to be the next generation of leaders in medicine.”

Participation in the NRMP matching process is expected to increase the number, quality, and diversity of applicants to the specialty of Preventive Medicine and significantly improve visibility of the specialty to medical students and young physicians. Joining the NRMP allows PH/GPM programs to compete for applicants in a more equitable and controlled matching environment. With the NRMP, the specialty will continue to grow, addressing the critical need to support the public health infrastructure.


About ACPM:
ACPM is a professional medical society representing approximately 2,000 physicians, dedicated to the practice of preventive medicine; improving the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities, and populations through disease prevention and health promotion. ACPM remains dedicated to supporting doctors throughout their careers and ensuring access to necessary resources and opportunities to thrive in the field of preventive medicine.
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