Occupational Medicine Residency

Occupational Medicine Residency

The Occupational Medicine Residency program is designed as a two-year training experience consisting of an academic phase and practicum phase with ongoing core residency training activities.

The goal of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program is to prepare residents for the comprehensive practice of occupational medicine in a variety of settings, including private clinical practices, managed health care organizations, corporate medical departments, public health programs and legal or regulatory authorities.

The residency addresses the competencies specified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for residency training in preventive medicine-occupational medicine, as well as core competencies identified by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. A list of competencies addressed by the program is available for review. Graduates of the program are well prepared to take the ABPM certification examination in preventive medicine-occupational medicine.

Specific educational objectives include:

  • Enabling residents to acquire knowledge of and the ability to apply the core sciences of preventive medicine—epidemiology, biostatistics, health care organization and administration, occupational and environmental health, and behavioral sciences—in the identification and solution of health problems in occupational groups
  • Helping residents acquire knowledge and skills in toxicology, environmental monitoring and safety evaluation as they apply to individuals and groups
  • Enhancing residents' clinical knowledge in the care of people with occupational or environmental exposures and in the assessment of suitability for employment
  • Teaching residents about planning, management and evaluation of occupational health programs in clinical practice and corporate settings
  • Developing in residents an understanding of the policy-making process in occupational medicine with respect to law, regulation and workers' compensation
  • Creating in residents an understanding of the roles and expertise of other occupational health professionals, and to collaborate with these professionals
  • Providing an opportunity for residents to develop independent research skills and to be able to use appropriate analytical techniques in the prevention of occupational diseases and injuries and in the evaluation of occupational health care programs.

These aims are achieved through the graduate degree programs during the academic phase, the field site training during the practicum phase, clinical training at UC Irvine's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), clinical case conferences, didactic seminars and the resident projects.

For more information about the program, kindly visit http://www.medicine.uci.edu/occupational/residency.asp

Prerequisites:

The program does not provide an initial clinical training year. Consequently, entering residents must have completed at least one year in an ACGME-accredited clinical residency program and be licensed to practice medicine in the state of California.

The program also considers candidate physicians who have completed the required clinical training and obtained a master's of Public Health degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution. These residents may be admitted directly into the practicum phase of the program.

How To Apply:

Applications can be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This program is listed under Preventive Medicine residencies in ERAS.

The required documents for applications are:

  • An “original” Dean’s letter from your medical school.

  • An “original” letter from your PGY-1 Program Director to include previous educational experiences and summative competency-based performance evaluation.

  • Three “original” letters of recommendation. Letters of reference are required to be “originals” and “current” 12 month period prior to start date.

  • “Original” undergraduate, graduate and medical school transcripts. Sent directly from school.

  • Part 1 & 2 of National Board or Flex scores, MCAT, USMLE, COMLEX scores “originals”.

  • “Statement of interest” concerning your interest in Occupational Health.

  • Copy of Medical License

  • Copy of Medical License Diploma.

  • Copy of DEA License.

  • Copy of NPI Number.

  • Copy of all Certificates of Residency (include all PGY’s) and Board certification(s).

  • CV (Please account for all periods of time chronologically since High School (Pre-med, post-med, leave of absences, residency).

Interviews begin end of October. Application materials must be posted to ERAS by October 21st. It is recommended that applicants submit all of their materials well before the October 21 deadline to secure a timely interview slot.

For questions about the application process or about the residency program, please contact our Residency Program Director, Dr. Alya Khan, at [email protected].

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