What is Preventive Medicine?
Preventive Medicine focuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Our goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and the well-being of human life, and to prevent disease, disability, and slow the progression of diseases people are pre-disposed. The combined knowledge and skills gained from this area of medicine are obtained through our formal education learned from the disciplines of medical, behavioral, economic, and social sciences.
Preventive Medicine Specialists are physicians who possess core competencies learned from these disciplines;
- Health Administration
- Planning and Evaluation of Health Services
- Occupational and Environmental Health
- Management of Health Care Organizations
- Research into causes of disease and injury in population groups
Occupational Medicine focuses on the health of workers, including the ability to perform work; the physical, chemical, biological, and social environments of the workplace; and the health outcomes of environmental exposures. Practitioners in this field address the promotion of health in the work place, and the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability.
Aerospace Medicine focuses on the clinical care, research, and operational support of the health, safety, and performance of crewmembers and passengers of air and space vehicles, together with the support personnel who assist operation of such vehicles. This population often works and lives in remote, isolated, extreme, or enclosed environments under conditions of physical and psychological stress. Practitioners strive for an optimal human-machine match in occupational settings rich with environmental hazards and engineering countermeasures.
Public Health and General Preventive Medicine focuses on promoting health, preventing disease, and managing the health of communities and defined populations. These practitioners combine population-based public health skills with knowledge of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention-oriented clinical practice in a wide variety of settings.
Family Medicine is a primary care medical specialty that focuses on the care of patients at all levels throughout all stages of life. Personal physicians focus on each individual in his or her given situation, integrating mental and physical health, within each individualís own social context.
- We provide a reliable point of first contact with the health care system for patients, regardless of the type or nature of their problems, providing a comprehensive set of services that resolve most of the problems the majority of people have most of the time.
- We remain with their patients across time and health care settings, and work with dynamic teams to integrate proper care of individuals.
- We interface with all medical specialties and public health. When necessary, we rely on community resources, helping individuals, families, and communities meet their health-related goals.
- The special focuses of family physicians are the individual in the context of his or her family and community, and all the complexities this entails. Our effectiveness depends on the ability to earn the trust of patients and sustain relationships over time.