APTR-AHRQ Preventive Medicine Residency Rotations

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During my wonderful experience at AHRQ, I was given the opportunity to attend a USPSTF meeting and draft a recommendation statement on one of the topics. I also worked on a number of other recommendation statements in later stages of development, fact checked a report to congress on high-priority evidence gaps, mapped research gaps to the analytic framework, and drafted responses to public comments. I was impressed by the thorough deliberations and thought that goes into assigning a grade for a recommendation statement, including discussing the unanticipated consequences. AHRQ is the ideal blend of research review to pique my intellectual curiosity and policy, based purely on evidence.

Over the course of the rotation, I had the opportunity to participate in a number of interesting and high-level projects for AHRQ and the USPSTF. I fact-checked three recommendation statements, contributed to the annual report to congress, submitted a Putting Prevention into Practice (PPIP) publication, reviewed and summarized public comments, aided in organizing the task force archived documents, participated in media training sessions, replied to public emails, and attended a number of meetings and educational sessions for the task force, CEPI, and other D&I initiatives. It was also fortunate that the time period overlapped with one of the national task force meetings.

This experience gave me invaluable insight into a potential career in public health. During this month, I was fortunate to meet and speak with a variety of providers within this field. I am certain of my decision to choose this career path.

The APTR & AHRQ preventive medicine rotation with the USPSTF is an invaluable opportunity that will serve my patients and community well as primary care provider that can now attest to the immense effort to generate evidence-based preventive screening recommendations. I am even more motivated to pursue a career in public health at the local/state level and eventually the federal level. 

I worked on a number of projects while at AHRQ. For example, I co-authored two CME manuscripts for the journal AFP on screening for prostate cancer with the PSA test, and screening for cardiovascular disease risk using ECG. I also responded to all public comments sent via the USPSTF email account during the month of June (communications during the month of May were handled by a different resident). I attended the meetings of the USPSTF medical officers, meetings of the staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice Improvement or CEPI, and topic team meetings as well as methods meetings with the members of the USPSTF and other clinicians and researchers. In addition, I delivered a 1-hour presentation to the medical officers on the methodological differences between the clinical guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the USPSTF with regards to the issue of colorectal cancer screening. Other activities included: performance of medical fact-checking of a USPSTF report to Congress; preparation of the presentation materials for the USPSTF presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine and at the meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force; and collating information about available online tools for shared clinical decision-making pertinent to the Grade C recommendations of the USPSTF.

During this rotation, I contributed significantly as a writer and editor of sections within a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) draft recommendation statement for a clinical preventive service topic. I also verified evidence in support of other Task Force recommendation statements. I attended the July Task Force meeting and directly observed the analytical process used by the Task Force in making its recommendations. Also, I was engaged in receiving and managing public inquiries regarding the Task Force process as well as other topics related to clinical preventive services.

This excellent rotation allowed me to directly contribute to key documents that impact public health and public policy on a large scale. Working with AHRQ medical officers as part of the Resident Rounds didactic series provided the opportunity for me to learn many different perspectives and to receive a better understanding of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force methodology in making clinical screening recommendations for the general public. This rotation provides a fantastic training experience, and I would highly recommend this rotation to all preventive medicine residents.

This is an excellent rotation that I highly recommend for any preventive medicine resident regardless of your career plans. It is well organized, gives a great understanding of what the USPSTF does, lets you get involved in research-based guidelines. The rotation has given me a great sense about working with federal government.

During my rotation at AHRQ I co-authored a ‘Putting Prevention Into Practice’ report for publication, drafted sections of Recommendation Statements for preventive services, and wrote data summaries to support AHRQ-related publications. Now I would consider a career in the federal government.