Practicum

The practicum rotations are administered by the School of Public Health but involve field placement in a wide variety of settings. The practicum experience relies heavily on public health practitioners to facilitate appropriate field experiences. Residents also rotate through more clinically oriented venues, such as community health centers and Henry Ford Health System.

Each resident must fulfill thirteen months of practicum assignments at the following "core" practicum rotations: 

  1. Governmental Health Agency Rotation—Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (state); and one Local Health Department (Wayne County Health, Veterans & Community WellnessWashtenaw County Public HealthOakland County Health Division)

  2. Community Health Center (Primary Care) Rotation—Center for Family Health; Detroit Community Health Connection; Hamilton Community Health Network

  3. Health System Rotation—Henry Ford Health SystemHenry Ford Allegiance Health

Four additional months must be elected at any of these "core" sites or in an elective rotation, such as Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer InstituteMichigan Public Health Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ABC NewsAmerican College of Preventive MedicineAssociation for Prevention Teaching and ResearchAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine or other federal sites agreed upon in consultation with the program director. Residents are strongly encouraged to apply for an elective rotation with the CDC, ACPM, or other organization approved by the program director.


Practicum Preceptors

George Shade, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Detroit Community Health Connection
Detroit, MI

Pamela Hackert, MD, JD, MPH
Chief of Medical Services
Oakland County Health Division
Southfield, MI

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS
Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity
Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN, FAND
Director
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Navira Rizwan, MD
Family Medicine Physician
Center for Family Health
Jackson, MI

Amy Schultz, MD, MPH
Director of Prevention and Community Health
Allegiance Health and Medical Director at Jackson Health Department
Jackson, MI

Ann Schwartz, PhD, MPH
Deputy Center Director
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, MI

Eden Wells, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Executive
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Lansing, MI

Michael Giacalone, Jr, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Hamilton Community Health Network
Flint, MI

Jessie Marshall, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Washtenaw County Public Health
Ypsilanti, MI

Ruta Sharangpani, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Wayne County Health, Veterans & Community Wellness
Wayne, MI

 



Elective rotation with the ABC News Medical Unit

2016 PMR graduate and current PMR Associate Director, Dr. Laura (Johnson) Power (far right), worked with Dr. Richard Besser and team at her elective rotation with the ABC News Medical Unit.

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