Preventive Medicine Residency

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Boston University Medical Center Preventive Medicine Residency. Our mission is to train highly motivated primary care physicians to serve as educators, investigators, and public health practitioners with a focus on topics relevant to medically under-served communities.  We have an exciting mix of educational curricular choices in epidemiology and health services research, theoretical and practical training in medical education, and experiential learning opportunities in public health.  Our program will give you tools for a successful career in academic medicine.

The Preventive Medicine Residency aims to:
  1. Train a pipeline of primary care physicians in population-based research, public health practice and medical education who lead system-level changes to prevent disease and improve health across diverse populations.
  2. Provide residents with personalized training and professional development through intensive faculty mentorship and a Master of Science degree from Boston University School of Public Health, nationally recognized for scholarship on the social determinants of health.
  3. Advance skills in patient care and knowledge of clinical preventive medicine through targeted clinical rotations at Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety-net hospital, Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans’ Administration hospital, and selected community partners.
  4. Advance skills in public health practice through practicum rotations at city, state and federal public health agencies.

As you explore this website, I hope you gain an understanding of the depth and breadth of research, educational and clinical opportunities in our program.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Jonathan Berz MD, MSc, Program Director

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Pablo Buitron de la Vega, MD, MS, Associate Program Director


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