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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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How many positions are available in the program every year?
  2. Can I mail or email my application materials?
  3. When do interviews begin?
  4. When is the application deadline?
  5. What are the key elements that your program looks for in an application?
  6. How many letters of recommendation are required?
  7. What is the clinical training requirement to be eligible for the Residency program?
  8. What are your stipends and benefits?
  9. Do you offer contracts outside of the Match?
  10. If I already have my MPH, does that mean my program will be shorter?
  11. I do not have an MPH degree.  Am I still eligible?
  12. Will I be required to pay tuition for the MPH program?
  13. Where can I complete my MPH degree?
  14. Is Preventive Medicine Residency program accredited?
  15. Where is the DSHS residency program located?
  16. Does DSHS sponsor visas?
  17. Do you require a residency candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?
  18. How do I get more information?

1. How many positions are available in the program every year?

Two PGY2 positions are available to begin July 2015 and two PGY2 positions available to begin July 2016. DSHS does not offer observerships.

2. Can I mail or email my application materials?

All applicants must submit the required documents through ERAS. We will only review applications submitted through ERAS. Please do not submit email, fax or mail application materials.

3. When do interviews begin?

Texas Department of State Health Services will accept applications throughout the year. Our interview timeline is from September 15 through November 15.  

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4. When is the application deadline?

We will review applications throughout the year.

5. 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.

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

US 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 PGY2. 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 Residency completed program(s).

8. 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.  DSHS also provides:

  • Medical, Dental, Life Insurance.  (2 month waiting period for activation)
  • Travel reimbursement for qualified in-state educational experiences,
  • Registration fees for educational conferences/courses.
  • In-state tuition reimbursement stipend 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.

9. Do you offer contracts outside of the Match?

We currently do not participate in the NRMP match. We will review applications throughout the year.

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10. If I already have my MPH, does that mean my program will be shorter?

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

11. 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 a Texas school of public health and propose a plan to complete the MPH degree before the completion of this residency program.

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

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

In most cases no. The residency program will provide an in-state tuition reimbursement stipend for residents needing postgraduate courses in public health for graduation. Reimbursement is contingent on successful course completion with a grade of “B” or better. Courses must be required for the program and related to the resident’s individual learning plan. DSHS reimburses resident physicians in-state tuition for an MPH or required courses up to $15,000 over the 2-year residency program. DSHS does not reimburse tuition for any other degree program or for tuition exceeding the maximum allotment.

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13. Where can I complete my MPH degree?

Residents who wish tuition reimbursement must complete the MPH program through the University of Texas School of Public Health at Austin.

14. Is Preventive Medicine Residency program accredited?

This program has full accreditation by the ACGME.

15. 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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16. Does DSHS sponsor visas?

We cannot sponsor visas.

17. 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.

18. How do I get more information?

If you have more questions please send an email to PrevMed@dshs.state.tx.us.

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Last updated January 21, 2015
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