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Letter from the Director

Sania Amr

Epidemiology, biostatistics, survey techniques, and information science are increasingly relevant in the evaluation of clinical services as well as in disease prevention and health promotion. Epidemiologists are exploring the preventable nature of disease processes, assessing the effectiveness of medical technology, and designing systems to maintain the quality and control the costs of medical care.

This shift in the focus of the health care system from diagnosis and treatment to health promotion and disease prevention has created a demand for a new breed of preventive health scientist. The result is a large and growing shortage of physicians skilled in epidemiology, biostatistics and related preventive medicine sciences.

The first department of preventive medicine in the United States was established at the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB) in 1833, and has been at the juncture of important events in the national and global history of preventive medicine. The Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR) was established in 1965 to fill the aforementioned need to train physicians in preventive medicine and continues to train highly- qualified preventive medicine specialists, as demonstrated by the 100% passing rate on boards. The program has graduated over 123 physicians, and the diversity of the program (more than half of graduates in the past few years have been minority physicians) ensures that top residents are selected from across the nation.

Sania Amr, M.D., M.S.
Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program