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Center for Worker Health and Environment
 

Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency

Program Description


Occupational Medicine is a specialty devoted to the prevention, treatment and management of occupational injury, illness and disability, and the promotion of worker safety and health.  The Occupational Medicine Residency at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH)​ in Denver, CO is an ACGME accredited two-year residency program that provides residents with the qualifications to sit for Board Certification in Occupational Medicine from the American Board of Preventative 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 business, academic, governmental, corporate, military, and community based organizations. Applicants must have completed at least one year of ACGME accredited clinical training (PGY1). The residency accepts a maximum of 2 residents each year.

 

Resident training includes:

  • Master in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Center for Occupational Safety (COSH) at Denver Health (Core Training site)
      • ​​​2 months full time clinic and 4 months weekly continuity clinic

      •  clinical evaluation and management of occupational injuries and illnesses of a large city and hospital workforce; opportunities for workplace safety and health intervention and research
  • National Jewish Health (Core Training site)
      • ​​2 months full time clinic and 4 months weekly continuity clinic

  • Specialty clinical rotations: orthopedics, ophthalmology, toxicology, physiatry, psychology
  • Policy rotations: NIOSH, OSHA, Colorado Division of Labor
  • Occupational medicine practice rotations: Woodward Governor, Concentra, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Additional educational experiences:

  • Case Conference (weekly)

  • Journal Club (monthly)

  • Miners’ Clinic

  • Denver Health Emergency Preparedness Exercises  

  • Participation in exposure exercise at Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations

Residents complete at least one Scholarly Project which is presented at regional and national conferences.  Examples of current and past resident Scholarly Projects include:

  • Use of medical language literacy concepts to improve hearing conservation efforts in Denver Health hospital laundry facility (current)
  • Evaluation and communication of health risks of sick building concerns (current)
  • Evaluation of health risks and recommendations for improved health and safety at a Denver art school
  • Evaluation of worksite silica exposures following an index case of silicosis in a foundry worker
  • Calculation of change in criteria pollutants in the Denver Metropolitan area following conversion of local power plants to natural gas from coal

Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center​

The Occupational Medicine Residency program is a core training component of the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center's (MAP ERC) education programs. 

  • Residents train and learn with other MAP ERC training grantees (MS, PhD level) from Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, Health Physics, and Occupational Psychology
      • ​​​Interdisciplinary learning project, interdisciplinary field experiences and MAP ERC Research Day
  • MAP ERC is one of 17 Education and Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (CDC/NIOSH)
  • The MAP ERC is one of the Colorado School of Public Health's centers

Funding

Occupational medicine residents are funded through NIOSH ERC grants and additional funding sources. Active military physicians interested in occupational medicine training are encouraged to apply.

For additional information on admission to the OEM Residency, please visit the Colorado School of Public Health's OEM site.​

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