Preventive Medicine Physician Supply and Distribution

Product type: presentation to HRSA Preventive Medicine Residency Program Grantee Conference Call, May 19th, 2020.

Authors: Thomas C. Ricketts, PhD, MPH, Deborah Porterfield, MD, MPH , Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP


•Preventive Medicine (PM) is the specialty of medical practice that focuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability, and death. (ABPM)
•Increasing emphasis on population health practice in the US in communities and health care systems
―“value-based care, “Triple Aim,” “social determinants of health”
•More urgently: the COVID-19 pandemic, not to mention ongoing epidemic of overdose misuse and deaths
•Growing need for physicians with unique set of skills: planning and evaluation of health services, management of healthcare organizations, epidemiology, public health programs and policy, research into causes of disease and injury in population groups
•In sum: we need physicians with skills in population health management and population medicine

Read the full presentation here.