American College of Preventive Medicine
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Founded in 1954, the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a U.S.-based physician organization focused on practice, research, publication, and teaching of evidence-based preventive medicine. As the umbrella society for the specialty of Preventive Medicine and physicians dedicated to prevention, ACPM seeks to improve the health of individuals and populations through evidence-based health promotion, disease prevention, and systems-based approaches to improving health and health care.
Preventive Medicine is one of 24 medical specialties currently recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and one of 18 medical specialties currently recognized by the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. Its goals are to protect, promote and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability and death. Specialists in Preventive Medicine, who comprise the membership base of ACPM, are trained in both clinical medicine and public health, working at the seams of these disciplines to assure the health of populations through both systems-based and personal care interventions. A Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) is a medical professional who has been a member of ACPM for at least 3 years and has passed a set of criteria for education, qualification, and ethics. FACPM is used as a post-nominal title.
ACPM’s 2,500 members work in a variety of health settings, holding positions such as health officers in public health agencies, chief medical officers in corporations, medical directors in health plans, hospitals, or health care delivery systems, senior public health officers in the PHS Commissioned Corps or other federal agencies, military medical officers, medical directors of community and migrant health centers, researchers and teachers in academic centers, and private practice physicians.
ACPM carries out its mission through policy development and advocacy, continuing medical education, including convening the annual preventive medicine conference, support for graduate medical education, information dissemination, coalition building, representation on national advisory bodies and task forces, and sponsorship of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal for distributing preventive medicine science, research, and practice.
- American College of Preventive Medicine
- American Board of Medical Specialties
- American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists
- American Board of Preventive Medicine
- American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine
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