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MAP ERC Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency Program

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 program is one of the five graduate training programs in the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC). 

The Occupational Medicine Residency Program operates within the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH)​ at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The program 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 MedicineResidents train and learn with other MAP ERC training grantees (M.S., Ph.D. level) from Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Ergonomics, Health Physics, and Occupational Health Psychology.

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:


  • 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 in 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, ophthalmlogy, 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 Conferences

  • Journal Clubs

  • 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



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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