LPMR Frequently Asked Questions

For general policies and procedures relating to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center residents and staff, see the Residents and Fellows Policy and Procedure Manual.

What is the difference between this program and a traditional preventive medicine residency program?

This program focuses on leading change in the small systems that connect patients, patients' needs, and health care. It is based in active caregiving institutions and settings and offers masters-level learning in The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Is this a freestanding preventive medicine residency program?

No. This program is offered only in conjunction with our existing clinical residency and fellowship programs.

How is this program different from a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Primary Care Fellowship, RWJ Clinical Scholars program, or the VA Quality Scholars program?

The RWJ Primary Care Fellowship is limited to a focus on primary care and does not include a master's in public health (MPH) degree from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. In contrast, the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency (LPMR) program offers the MPH degree and requires residents and fellows to develop a portfolio of experiences testing change and improving care in actual patient care settings.

The VA Quality Scholars program is the most similar in that it does offer a master's degree and also requires the completion of an intensive change project. Key differences that distinguish the two include: 1) the LPMR program involves caregiving settings outside of the VA 2) the LPMR program offers board certification in Preventive Medicine.

Why did Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center decide to offer this program?

We chose to offer this program to take advantage of the strength of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, as well as the interest of the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and Concord Hospital clinical operations leaders to sponsor learning experiences in leading change.

What career paths or kind of work do you expect graduates of this program to pursue?

Graduates of this program will pursue a number of career paths, including:

  • Health professional leader of clinical care
  • Teacher of change and improvement knowledge and skills to health professionals
  • Health professional leader for small-to-large health organizations, including academic medical centers
  • Life-long learner of the measurement and improvement of health care

How long is the program, and how is it structured?

The program is 2 years in length. In many fellowships, one of those years and the research year of the fellowship are completed simultaneously.

What are the prerequisites for entry into the program?

The minimum prerequisite for the program is acceptance into and current "good standing" in a Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center clinical residency or fellowship.

How do I apply to the program?

Application to our program is only open to those residents and fellows who have already been matched into a clinical program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Any Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center residents or fellows who are interested in applying to our program should contact the LPMR coordinator at donna.a.bragg@hitchcock.org or by calling 603-653-3613 for more information.

Are there specific application requirements?

Yes. In addition to being in good standing in a Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center residency or fellowship, we require a completed application, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, updated CV, completed TDI application, and medical school transcript. Each applicant is also asked to sign a release to allow our program staff to view your ERAS application and current residency evaluations.

Will I be taking call the entire time of this program?

Call rotations with the home department will vary.

Will I be required to pay tuition for the MPH program?

No, tuition costs will be borne by the program.

Is this program accredited?

This program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).