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[September 15, 2008]

SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Student Selected to Train in Applied Epidemiology at CDC

SUNY Downstate College of Medicine student Leslie Marino was selected to participate in The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship for physicians-in-training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The yearlong fellowship combines classroom instruction in epidemiology and public health science with hands-on public health work.

Leslie Marino was competitively selected as one of eight fellows from 45 applicants and began her fellowship in August. She was assigned to the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch in CDC’s Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. During the course of the fellowship, Marino will conduct epidemiologic research, help design public health interventions, and participate in field investigations. She will also receive classroom training and special seminars on topics such as public health surveillance, biostatistics, and health policy.

The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is funded by a grant to the CDC Foundation from Pfizer, Inc., and is designed to help strengthen the ties between the fields of medicine and public health by giving future physicians an in-depth understanding of applied epidemiology, the role of epidemiology in medicine, and the role of physicians in the public health system.

Founded by Congress, the CDC Foundation is an independent, nonprofit enterprise that forges partnerships between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others to fight threats to health and safety.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks seventh nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.