There has long been an awareness of the role of prevention in improving health and health care in our country. In fact, many of the leading causes of death in this country are due to preventable diseases. Thus, it is important for the field of medicine to be a part of the prevention as well as the treatment of disease. Accordingly, The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), established in 1948, works to certify qualified physicians with specific knowledge of preventive medicine and to enhance standards of practice within preventive medicine. Though preventive medicine seems somewhat self-explanatory in its title, the depth and variety of clinical practice within the field merits further elucidation.
If you are like most pre-medical students, you may not have decided upon the specialty area that you plan to pursue. As you explore your options, be sure to consider preventive medicine as a career choice. A career in preventive medicine may provide you with an opportunity to work in a variety of areas including: public health, research, public policy and the military.