Mission Statement and Educational Goals
With the intent to train future leaders of Texas public health, DSHS embarked on its program of residency training for the practicum year. The program exists to prepare physicians possessing the dedication and value systems, for a competent, productive preventive medicine practice and career. The curriculum and training experiences enable the resident to reach the overall program educational goals:
- Achieve core and preventive medicine specialty competencies necessary for effective practice;
- Master subject matter pertaining to the scope of public health and preventive medicine duties of DSHS; and
- Attain certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Why a Preventive Medicine Residency Program at DSHS?
Physicians who continue their post graduate training through a year of clinical rotation (PGY-1), obtain an MPH or equivalent degree, and complete a two-year practicum in the field of public health with an accredited program (PGY-2 and PGY-3) can become eligible to take the Board exam in Preventive Medicine. Such physicians are in demand as directors of local, state, and federal health departments or agencies, as well as leaders in other preventive medicine and public health roles.
DSHS recognized a shortage of Preventive Medicine specialists nationwide. The agency also recognized the benefits of being able to hire board certified Preventive Medicine physicians trained specifically in Texas public health law, demography, and epidemiology problems. Thus, DSHS established its residency program in 1959. The graduates of the program have greatly benefited Texas and held key positions at local, regional, state, and national levels.
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is the state agency responsible for oversight and implementation of public and behavioral health programs in Texas. DSHS is one of four state agencies under the umbrella of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. With an annual budget of approximately $3 billion and more than 12,000 employees, DSHS provides programs for preparedness and prevention, mental health and substance abuse, eligibility-based health care for individuals, and regulatory consumer protection services. It also operates eleven mental health facilities, two health care facilities, eight health service regional offices, and the second largest public health laboratory in the world. DSHS is especially well suited to host a graduate medical residency training program in public health and preventive medicine.