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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


Message from the Program Director


Photo of a stethoscopeWelcome to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Preventive Medicine Residency Program.  We are glad you are interested in preventive medicine.  As you review our website, I hope you note three critical aspects of our program.  These include a balanced curriculum, the opportunity for real world, hands-on experience, and a talented and skilled faculty who are actively practicing preventive medicine across the state of Texas.  These three factors provide an environment for qualified candidates to excel in public health and preventive medicine.

Our program is nested in DSHS as a whole.  As such, you will have the opportunity to gain preventive medicine experience from an urban/suburban to a rural/frontier perspective, insight into preventive medicine issues impacting counties bordering Mexico, and experience in such areas as disaster mitigation, response and recovery, epidemiology, communicable disease prevention and treatment, occupational medicine, and zoonotic diseases from a state, regional and local level.  You will also gain insight into the interaction of public health with government at the state and local levels.  And as your skills and knowledge grow, you will be given real-world leadership opportunities.

Our faculty is highly trained and skilled in public health and preventive medicine.  Their areas of expertise are in fields such as disaster response, epidemiology, health policy and management, occupational medicine, preventive medicine, and zoonotic diseases.  They practice across all spectrums of public health.  And they are actively engaged in assessment, assurance, and policy development from the local to state level.

I want to thank you for your interest in the preventive medicine residency program at DSHS.  Our focus is on equipping the next generation of public health and preventive medicine leaders for Texas and the country. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at peter.pendergrass@dshs.state.tx.us.

Peter W. Pendergrass, MD, MPH
Program Director, Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency
Regional Medical Director, Region 1
Texas Department of State Health Services

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Last updated October 17, 2012
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