Practicum Experiences & Activities
Practice-Based experiences (The Practicum)
Practicum training exposes residents to the complex nature of the fields of public health and preventive medicine and provides them with the opportunity to gain the essential competencies to practice preventive medicine at the individual and population level. Residents are assigned to a practicum site at the VA or OHA (for non-joint track residents) depending on availability and resident interest. They spend a substantial amount of time at these sites with projects and activities but have ample opportunity to seek additional experiences at other sites. These additional opportunities include:
- OHSU: Evidence-Based Practice Center (US Preventive Services Task Force) and The Center for Evidence-based Policy
- Oregon Health Authority: Communicable Disease, Environmental Health, Maternal Child Health, Chronic Disease
- Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research
- Multnomah County Health Department and other County Health Departments
- Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation
- Columbia Pacific CCO
Residents also spend at least 2 months each year providing clinical preventive services and planning in a variety of clinical settings.
Additional Residency Activities
All residents attend a weekly half-day conference that includes: faculty and guest presentations on a broad range of public health and prevention topics; resident presentations of topics and projects, journal club, and surveys of Morbidity & Mortality Weekly review (MMWR) topics. They also arrange and attend field trips to sites relevant to the practice of public health and prevention. Attendance at professional meetings is encouraged and residents often present their work at regional and national meetings. The chief residents assist in curriculum planning, didactic scheduling, and representing the department at university and community functions.
Each resident is required to conduct or assist in a residency "senior project" of his or her choice. This may include an epidemiologic study, community health project, or finding(s) from a health services research endeavor. Ideally, the project will culminate in a manuscript publication in a peer-reviewed journal and/or a presentation at a national professional meeting. Graduating residents will present their findings to the department at Grand Rounds each June. Residents also assist the department in teaching medical and/or master's level students in scheduled classes.
Each resident is required to conduct or assist in a residency project of his or her choice, including epidemiologic studies, community health projects, or health services research. Ideally, such a project will culminate in a manuscript publication in a peer-review journal and/or a presentation at a national professional meeting.