Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency consists of 3 years of training as follows: The Internship year or PGY-1 (includes 11 months of direct patient care) is completed prior to the start of residency during any clinical internship. Typically residents come from Internal Medicine, Family Practice or Transitional Internships. The PGY-2 year of the residency gives residents an opportunity to earn a Master of Public Health degree and begin seeing patients in hospital based Occupational Medicine Clinics. During the PGY-3 year, the residents complete administrative and clinical rotations that continue teaching the clinical, preventive medicine and occupational medicine competencies introduced during the PGY-2 year. Since the OEM residency does not offer a PGY-1 or internship year, all physicians must complete a clinical PGY-1 year and must hold a state medical license before beginning the PGY-3 year of training.
During the PGY-2 year, the occupational and environmental medicine residents attend the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD and earn a Master of Public Health degree in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine concentration.
The objective of the PGY-2 year is to provide the resident with a foundation in the core disciplines of public health and to prepare the resident for occupational medicine practice during the PGY-3 year.
Core MPH Program Course Requirements: The courses listed below are the required core MPH Courses that all students must take to graduate from the MPH Program. The course descriptions for these courses are provided in the MPH Handbook.
Residents complete a variety of challenging clinical, industrial, administrative, and policy rotations during their PGY-3 year. While most are in the National Capital region, there are opportunities for fully funded rotations at diverse locations such as Rock Island Arsenal, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and Tooele Army Depot. The PGY-3 year gives residents the opportunity to attain independent competence in many aspects of occupational medicine and to work with practicing occupational health professionals who serve as preceptors. The typical PGY-3 year includes six to eight rotations, which are four to twelve weeks long. All residents should plan on completing one 2-month rotation at a full-service occupational health program in an industrial setting and a two-month occupational health rotation in a military medical center. Residents spend two months at the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Occupational Medicine. US Army physicians also complete a required one-month rotation at the US Army Public Health Command while Navy physicians complete a one-month required rotation at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. The remaining four months of the PGY3 year are spent in a 2 month required industrial rotation, a 1 month required musculoskeletal medicine rotation, electives, and research. A typical occupational and environmental resident schedule would be as follows:
Required Clinical Rotations (At least 4 months chosen from the following locations)
Industrial Occupational Health (One 2-month required rotation)
Required Industrial Rotations (2 months at one of the following locations)
Required Musculoskeletal Medicine Rotation (1 month chosen from the following locations)
Elective Clinical rotations
Elective Administrative, Policy, and Research rotations:
Didactic Courses taken during the PGY3 Year
In addition to the academic and practicum training described above, the residents participate in a weekly journal club and the PMB seminar throughout the entire two years of training. The journal club introduces the resident to evidence based medicine and requires each resident to review the literature of occupational and environmental medicine and preventive medicine/public health. The seminars include special emphasis on the military unique aspects of occupational and preventive medicine.