Preventive Medicine and Biometrics

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency


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The occupational and environmental medicine residency is a two-year graduate medical education program designed to prepare physicians for a career in the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine. Occupational and environmental medicine is the medical specialty devoted to the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability, and the promotion of health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities.

The occupational and environmental medicine residency is part of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program of the National Capital Consortium, which sponsors over 40 military residency programs in the Washington, DC area. The occupational and environmental medicine residency program located at the Uniformed Services University (USUHS) has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1992. To date, we have graduated over 95 residents and graduates of the program are expected to take and successfully pass the certifying examination offered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

OEM Residency Mission, Goals & Objectives

To develop physician leaders in occupational and environmental medicine who expertly apply knowledge, skills, and abilities to the full scope of occupational and environmental medicine practice, at both the population health and individual patient level.

Residency Objectives

  • Residents will attain the ACGME core clinical competencies and those specialty competencies in Occupational Medicine & Preventive Medicine defined by the Residency Review Committee of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
  • Residents will earn a Master of Public Health degree and take core courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, Health Services Administration, Environmental Health, Behavioral Aspects of Health, Safety and Ergonomics, Risk Communication and Clinical Occupational Medicine.
  • Residents will complete a practicum year and gain hands-on experience directing patient care in clinical occupational medicine and they will be given progressively increasing levels of responsibility as competency increases.
  • Residents will be trained and demonstrate knowledge of military unique occupational exposures in a wide variety of military settings.
  • Residents will attain population health competencies that put them on track to be senior health care leaders for the Department of Defense.