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    Preventive Medicine Residency
    Mail Code: 1864
    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78756-9347

    Phone: 512-776-3567
    Fax: 512-776-2822


    PrevMed@dshs.state.tx.us

Applicant Requirements

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Photo of DoctorsRequirements for Resident Physician Appointment

  1. Graduate from an accredited program leading to an MD or DO degree;
    • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must meet the following qualifications:
      1. A valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; and
      2. A full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Texas.
  2. Complete one year of clinical training (PGY-1) in an ACGME-accredited clinical year (12 months) with a minimum of 11 months of direct patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 
  3. An active Physician in Training permit (PIT) or an active license from the Texas Medical Board.  Residents must obtain licensure before the Residency program’s start date (July 1).
  4. Acceptance into the residency program is contingent upon possession of an MPH or equivalent degree, or admission into an MPH program at a Texas school of public health: Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Science, University of Texas School of Public Health, or the University of North Texas School of Public Health.  Applicants with an MPH degree must submit transcripts as part of the application and by the application deadline.  Applicants without an MPH must show proof of admissions into the Texas program of choice before the start date (July 1).

Foreign medical graduates must present a valid certificate from the Educational Council on Foreign Medical Graduates and a certificate of successful completion of the USMLE exams.

Doctors of Osteopathic (D.O.), who completed osteopathic internship or residency, although accepted into our program, may not be eligible for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).  Non-ACGME accredited D.O. graduates will qualify to take the osteopathic specialty exam in preventive medicine.  DSHS encourages D.O. applicants to consider our program.

Appointment Process

Residents must successfully complete the credentialing process prior to entering as a resident.  Entry into the program is contingent on completing the following items.  All items must be completed 30 days prior to the planned start date.  Failure to complete the credentialing process may result in loss of residency position.

  • Acquire an active Physician in Training permit (PIT) or an active license from the Texas Medical Board.
  • Possession of an MPH or equivalent degree and submission of an official transcript or proof of admission into an MPH program at a Texas school of public health.
  • A letter from the program director at the transitional or preliminary program that indicates you successfully met the ACGME requirements, completed 11 months of direct patient care, and are eligible for advancement in the program. 
  • Complete an online DSHS application for employment. 
  • Foreign medical graduates must submit a valid certificate from the Educational Council on Foreign Medical Graduates and a certificate of successful completion of the USMLE exams.

Doctors of Osteopathic (D.O.), who completed osteopathic internship or residency, although accepted into our program, may not be eligible for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).  Non-ACGME accredited D.O. graduates will qualify to take the osteopathic specialty exam in preventive medicine.  DSHS encourages D.O. applicants to consider our program.

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Last updated October 03, 2013
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