The Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, CO is an ACGME accredited two-year residency program that provides residents with the qualifications to meet the American Board of Preventative Medicine eligibility requirements for Board Certification in Occupational Medicine. The Program Mission is to train outstanding, board-certified physicians with the knowledge, skills and leadership to provide occupational and environmental professional services in a wide variety of settings including academic, governmental, corporate, military, and community based organizations. The program seeks applicants with internal medicine, family practice, or other appropriate clinical training and a strong interest in occupational and environmental medicine.
Our residents complete requirements for the Master in Public Health degree (MPH) with a concentration in Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH). Residents who enter with a prior MPH degree complete courses specific to the occupational and environmental health concentration if needed. All residents complete a minimum of 4 months of Occupational Medicine clinical work in both years. Core clinical sites are the Center for Occupational Safety (COSH) and Denver Health and National Jewish Health (NJH). The COSH rotation provides residents a broad experience in clinical case evaluation and management of occupational injuries and illnesses of a large city and hospital workforce. The NJH rotation provides residents the opportunity to learn the principles of occupational and environmental medicine at national referral center for diagnosis and treatment of occupational pulmonary and allergic disease. Residents also rotate through additional specialty clinical rotations (e.g. orthopedics, ophthalmology, toxicology, rehab medicine, psychology) and policy rotations (e.g. NIOSH, OSHA, Colorado Division of Labor). Residents are also encouraged to do rotations with organized labor (Denver Firefighters Union) and with corporate medical directors at local manufacturing company (Woodward, Inc.) and a national research laboratory (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). Residents participate in weekly case conference, lead monthly journal clubs, attend biannual off-site miners’ clinics and complete at least one research project which is presented at regional conferences and submitted to national meetings.
The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency program is a core training component of The Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center's (MAP ERC) education programs. In each semester, residents interact and learn with other MAP ERC training grantees from Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, Health Physics, and Occupational Psychology through an interdisciplinary learning project, interdisciplinary field experiences (e.g. 3 day field trip to Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico) and MAP ERC Research Day.
Graduate research assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students. The number of assistantships may vary from year to year depending on the level of research funding.
For additional information on admission to the OEM Residency, please visit the Colorado School of Public Health's OEM site.