Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Multiple career options through preventive medicine

So many medical students are unaware of preventive medicine. They don't even recognize that it's on the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) list. There's no mandatory requirement to go through preventive medicine rotations during medical school, so most students don't get exposed to this specialty. Here's some data from the ABPM (American Board of Preventive Medicine) about preventive medicine:
Preventive medicine has three specialty areas with common core knowledge, skills, and competencies that emphasize different populations, environments, or practice settings:
  • aerospace medicine,
  • occupational medicine, and
  • public health and general preventive medicine.
The ABPM also offers fellowships in preventive medicine as well. Currently, there are two subspecialties (but I imagine this list will grow in the future):
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Undersea Hyperbaric Medicine
To learn more about preventive medicine, visit the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) website here: http://www.theabpm.org

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