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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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Residency Program Director Survey Responses
September 2017


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.

RPS Governing Council


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 2018 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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