Training in urban medicine and public health: preparing physicians to address urban health care needs


Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

Center for Urban Population Health,



Wisconsin is facing significant physician shortages. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) launched Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) to recruit and prepare medical students to serve people living within urban Health Professional Shortage Areas.

METHODS: Students are selected based on their commitment to improve health equity for urban populations. They complete clinical rotations, core curriculum, and community projects in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

RESULTS: Full program graduates are more likely to match into residencies serving the urban poor (50/50, 100%) and pursue primary care specialties (40/50, 80.0%) compared to nonprogram graduates.

DISCUSSION: The TRIUMPH program has been successful in its mission to encourage graduates to serve urban communities. The authors discuss urban health disparities, TRIUMPH outcomes, and the need for similar programs.

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