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    Preventive Medicine Residency
    Mail Code: 1864
    1100 W. 49th St.
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-3686
    Fax: 512-776-2822


    PrevMed@dshs.texas.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

How many positions are available in the program every year?
Can I mail or email my application materials?
When do interviews begin?
When is the application deadline?
What are the key elements that your program looks for in an application?
How many letters of recommendation are required?
What is the clinical training requirement to be eligible for the Residency program?
What are your stipends and benefits?
Does your program participate in the Match?
If I already have my MPH, will my program be shorter?
I do not have an MPH degree. Am I still eligible?
Will I be required to pay tuition for the MPH program?
Where can I complete my MPH degree?
Is Preventive Medicine Residency program accredited?
Where is the DSHS residency program located?
Does DSHS sponsor visas?
Do you require a residency candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?
Do you have a resident wellness program?


How many positions are available in the program every year?

Two PGY-2 positions are available to begin July each year. DSHS does not offer observerships.


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Can I mail or email my application materials?

All applicants must submit the required documents through ERAS. Please do not email, fax, or mail application materials.


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When do interviews begin?

Our interview timeline is from September through December or until all positions have been filled.


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When is the application deadline?

Completed applications (including all required documents) must be submitted via ERAS by November 15th to receive full consideration for an interview. We may continue to review applications until all positions are filled.


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What are the key elements that your program looks for in an application?

We review the completed program application, USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, and clinical experience. ECFMG certificates are required for applicants who did not graduate from a U.S. medical school.


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How many letters of recommendation are required?

We require that the applicant submit three (3) letters of recommendation that are no more than two years old. One letter must be written by the applicant's previous residency program director(s). Faculty or other physician who knows the applicant and can recommend him/her for the program from a professional perspective may submit recommendation letters.


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What is the clinical training requirement to be eligible for the Residency program?

U.S. medical school graduates are required to have 12 months of ACGME approved clinical training before being eligible to begin our program. Current medical school students applying may indicate plan for entry into a transitional year or other ACGME accredited clinical training year prior to entry into our residency program as a PGY-2. Medical school applicants must intend to enter this program after 12 months of starting a transitional year or other clinical training.

Foreign medical school graduates must provide a certificate(s) of training completion as well as the name and contact information of the Program Director of completed residency program(s).


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What are your stipends and benefits?

Resident salaries are $55,000 a year for the two-year program. Residents are employees of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Employee benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Life Insurance (2 month waiting period for activation)
  • Travel reimbursement for qualified in-state educational experiences
  • Registration fees for educational conferences/courses
  • Tuition coverage for the MPH program or required graduate level courses
  • Family Medical Leave and Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement contribution and other state employee benefits
  • Graduating residents who successfully competed for a permanent position with the Texas Dept. State Health Services after residency will have the cost of the American Board of Preventive Medicine-Board Exam Review course fee covered

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Does your program participate in the Match?

We participate in the American College of Preventive Medicine Standardized Acceptance Process which occurs in mid-January. Applicants are required to register for the SAP at no cost to be ranked for selection.


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If I already have my MPH, will my program be shorter?

Residents who earned their MPH prior to residency are still required to complete the program in two years. Additional advanced courses may be required.

Residents who enter the program with an MPH will have the opportunity for more in-depth educational experience in public health due to their availability to engage in projects and events more readily than peers who will have restrictions due to class time commitments.


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I do not have an MPH degree. Am I still eligible?

If a highly qualified applicant is lacking an MPH, he/she will need to gain admission to the UTHealth School of Public Health - Austin Regional Campus and complete the MPH degree during this residency program.

DSHS considers other highly qualified applicants with a related Master degree (MS, ME, etc.) as well.


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Will I be required to pay tuition for the MPH program?

DSHS covers resident physicians' tuition for an MPH or other required courses during the two-year residency program.


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Where can I complete my MPH degree?

Residents complete the MPH program through the UTHealth School of Public Health - Austin Regional Campus.


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Is the DSHS Preventive Medicine Residency program accredited?

This program has full accreditation by the ACGME.


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Where is the DSHS residency program located?

A unique aspect to the DSHS Preventive Medicine Residency program is though residents will have a headquarter office in Austin, training will occur across Texas. For instance, residents may be required to travel to a non-headquarter city to assist in a large disease outbreak investigation, respond to a disaster, or attend a legislative hearing at the State Capital. The residency program will reimburse costs associated with the travel under most situations.


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Does DSHS sponsor visas?

We cannot sponsor visas.


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Do you require a residency candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?

Yes, all IMG applicants must be ECFMG certified at the time of the application submission.


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Do you have a resident wellness program?

We have numerous resources to ensure our residents are in good health. As state employees, residents are eligible for health insurance, retirement plans, and additional coverages through the Employee Retirement System of Texas. Vacation and sick days are accrued monthly, and there are typically 14-16 state holidays annually. Our Employee Assistance Program can provide short-term counseling and referrals at no cost. The DSHS campus has several walking trails, a fitness room on-site, and lots of healthy food options nearby. Find more information about wellness opportunities, including our unique Farm to Work program, at Work Well Texas.


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Last updated August 23, 2019