Welcome to the Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Training excellent physicians who will go on to achieve success and become outstanding leaders
Welcome to the Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Dear Residency Candidate:
Have you ever wondered, “Why do some communities consistently experience better or worse health?” Or, “What can I do to promote health, in addition to treating disease?”
If so, you’ve entered the world of Preventive Medicine. Environment, lifestyle and neighborhood profoundly influence health and well-being, accounting for up to 80% of disease experience. To turn the needle on the epidemic of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, we need to venture outside the walls of the clinic. We need to think about prevention, community-style.
Enter the Rio Grande Valley, a community rich in enthusiasm, conviction and Tex-Mex heritage. Sadly, the Valley’s cultural richness contrasts with unhealthy statistics depicting poverty, obesity, high rates of diabetes and infectious disease.
Here is where the UTRGV General Preventive Medicine residency – and you! – comes in. Our program trains residents to prevent disease via community engagement: respecting local strengths and insight, by including our community members in creating and delivering health programs. Community engagement is a practical, equitable framework for bringing evidence-based medicine’s benefits to underserved populations. In this two-year residency, you will delve into the Preventive Medicine cornerstones of education, engagement, and data evaluation.
Throughout your training, you’ll be closely mentored and coached by an interdisciplinary, diverse group of PM faculty – many of whom are regionally, nationally and internationally renowned in their fields.
Congratulations on embarking on the journey to build health through prevention. We warmly welcome your interest and invite you to learn more about the innovative paradigm of General Preventive Medicine at UTRGV. Working together to link community, clinic and academics with tools of prevention, we truly believe the Rio Grande Valley will one day be known as “the healthiest region in the United States”.
To your health,
Janani Krishnaswami, M.D., M.P.H.
Residency Program Leadership
Janani Krishnaswami, MD, MPH
Dr. Krishnaswami's goal is to adopt a collaborative, systematic approach to building health, while involving residents in the formation of community networks and environments which promote and sustain healthy behavior. She is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles in economically disadvantaged populations, by addressing the environmental and social conditions that drive up risk of chronic disease. She builds momentum for this cause through an “upstream” educational approach: advocating for a comprehensive educational curriculum where physicians learn to promote health, in addition to acutely treating symptoms.
Dr. Krishnaswami’s background centers on building health “outside the hospital”: engaging students, community members and trainees in community-based, participatory efforts to promote wellness, prevent chronic disease, and sustain health. Prior to her role as Program Director, Janani served as the Associate Program Director for Preventive Medicine at the University of California – Los Angeles, where she led discussion and curriculum development on community engagement and quality improvement for UCLA Primary Care residents. As a Kennamer Community Medicine Fellow, Janani provided clinical care, led health improvement and innovation projects, conducted research and mentored residents in various Los Angeles safety net clinics. Here, she received an Innovation Grant award for her project involving gaming technology in adolescent obesity prevention. In addition, she developed and taught a novel health policy curriculum for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Internal Medicine residency program, and mentored Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents through the program’s first community-engaged research elective. Based on her work in curriculum design and medical education, she was invited to serve on a national steering committee directing the creation of a novel inter-residency health policy fellowship, led by George Washington University and Kaiser Permanente.
Dr. Krishnaswami received her M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was named a Dean’s Scholar. She completed training in Internal Medicine (IM) and Preventive Medicine (PM) at University of California, San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente, and received a University Fellowship to pursue her Masters in Public Health (epidemiology) at University of California –Berkeley. Her research and publications center on the cultural context of wellness, humanism in medical education, and measuring “best practices” of community engaged programs focusing on preventing sedentary behavior and obesity.
In her spare time, Dr. Krishnaswami tends to her own wellness through her hobbies of writing, singing and fitness, and spending time with her husband and 6-month old son.
How to Apply
Who is an ideal candidate for the UTRGV PM program?
How to Apply
Once notified of acceptance into the Preventive Medicine Residency Program, a separate application must be also be made to the UT Health School of Public Health.
The UTRGV Residency Program in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health is an ACGME-accredited, two-year program located in the culturally diverse region of South Texas.
Our program aims to train tomorrow’s Preventive Medicine experts in the competencies of promoting and maintaining health through community and public health networks.
Working in the diverse and underserved communities of the Rio Grande Valley and beyond, UTRGV Preventive Medicine residents will learn to engage patients in culturally competent preventive care.
Several components of the residency experience will be individualized to the trainee’s career goals and interests. During the 2-year residency, residents will complete a fully-funded Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at UTHealth Brownsville. Each resident will participate in community-based research, clinical preventive care and education. Trainees will learn how to collaborate with academic, public health, clinical and community stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate preventive health interventions.
Ultimately, graduates are poised to equitably influence the determinants affecting health and well-being as leaders, participants at the local, state and national level. Graduates will be well-suited to careers in a variety of local, state and regional settings - e.g., public health agencies, research institutions, health care systems, community health centers, and academic institutions. Graduates are also eligible for board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).
Improve the quality of preventive health education, health interventions, and residency training by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating program data and adopting evidence-based innovations
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) Family Health Center
This location serves as the focal point for the education of residents during their training, and is the venue for their continuity practice. DHR is a 500+ bed acute care hospital providing comprehensive medical care and is the clinical training site for other ACGME-accredited graduate medical education programs, including Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Hidalgo County Health and Human Services
The county public health department is dedicated to providing essential public health services to empower the residents of Hidalgo County to improve their health. The HCHHS divisions include Health Services, Environmental Health Division, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Human Services, and HidalGO FIT Wellness Program.
University of Texas School of Public Health—Brownsville
The UT Health School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus provides public health graduate education to local residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, as well as to national and international students. Students participate in health research with emphasis on prevention of chronic and infectious disease (i.e. diabetes, tuberculosis, streptococcal pneumonia and sexually transmitted diseases). The campus offers multidisciplinary research programs involving genetics, immunology, bioinformatics, behavioral science, epidemiology, social science and environmental health research.
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – Health Services Region 11
Health Service Region 11 is one of the eleven public health regions of the Department of State Health Services, the state governmental agency responsible for bringing comprehensive public health services to the citizens of Texas. Health Service Region 11 serves a 19-county area in the Rio Grande Valley.
Texas DSHS Preventive Medicine & Public Health Residency Program – Austin
Through a partnership between the UTRGV School of Medicine Preventive Medicine Residency Program and the DSHS Preventive Medicine Residency Program, UTRGV residents will have the opportunity to complete an away-rotation in Austin to learn more about Public Health at the state level.
Humana Military – San Antonio
Humana TRICARE partners with the Department of Defense as Humana Military to provide healthcare services to approximately 3 million active duty and retired military and their families in the South Region of the U.S. Residents rotating here participate in a structured population management and data analysis rotation enhanced by access to a robust and rigorously maintained collection of patient data.
Contract, Salary, and Benefits
Residents at DHR are employees of the UT Rio Grande Valley UTRGV is the sponsoring institution for the residency program. Benefits are established through the UT System Office of Employee Benefits. Benefits begin on the first official day of residency/fellowship.
RESIDENT CONTRACT click here to view a copy (PDF)
Residents are employees of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). UTRGV is the sponsoring institution for the residency program.
Residents are required to sign an annual Graduate Medical Education (GME) Agreement establishing the terms and conditions for participation in the GME program's facilities or other participating institution facilities.
CURRENT SALARIES (effective July 2016- June 2017)*
UTRGV employees are paid once a month on the 1st of the month.
*PLEASE NOTE: The current salaries for UTRGV residents are provided as reference. Revised salaries for the upcoming program year are typically published in January for July 2016.
Benefits are established through the UT System Office of Employee Benefits. Benefits begin on the first official day of residency/fellowship. details
Active Employees and their eligible dependents may enroll in:
*Basic Coverage for active employees is at $0 cost to employees.
Optional Coverage Includes:
Additional Coverages (Employee only)
• UT FLEX
• Disability Insurance
All eligible employees of The University of Texas System are automatically enrolled in
the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas on their first day of employment. For FY15, employees contribute 6.7% of monthly pay to TRS. The institution contributes 6.8%.
At the time of orientation, residents will also be given a onetime opportunity to enroll in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS. For ORP, employees contribute 6.65%. The institution contributes 8.5%.
VACATION and SICK LEAVE
Dates of vacation are determined through the program director.
MATERNITY or PATERNITY LEAVE
Residents are eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks unpaid leave under the Parental
Leave policy (FMLA).
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANT PROGRAM (UTEAP) details
The UTEAP provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all UTRGV employees, faculty, staff members and their families. Through the EAP, you, your spouse or live-in partner, and eligible dependent children can access free, convenient and confidential services. The EAP offers a variety of services including counseling sessions with a licensed mental health professional, legal and financial resources, and WorkLife referrals.
PHYSICIANS IN TRAINING PERMIT
TMB PIT Permit application fee reimbursed
Please direct all correspondence and inquiries to:
Preventive Medicine Residency Program UTRGV at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
1000 E. Dove Avenue
McAllen, Texas 78504
Edinburg, Texas 78539
Phone: (956) 362-3548
5501 S. McColl Rd. Edinburg Texas 78539 | (956) 362-8677 | 956-DOCTORS
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