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Occupational medicine residency program.

NIOSH 2000 Mar; :1-12
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine's Occupational Medicine Residency was accredited in 1993 and received its first funding from NIOSH in 1996. The residency submitted a competitive continuation (renewal) for 1999-2002 that was funded for one resident. Over the past 10 years we have grown from a relatively small academic program focussed educationally on the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs and clinically on complex diagnostic patients to a large multi-disciplinary Division with expanded clinical services, deep ties to the undergraduate, graduate and more recently post-graduate educational mission of the UConn Health Center, and a substantive research agenda. The foundation of our residency has been considerably strengthened as a result of this growth. Our Occupational Medicine residency offers two tracks. One is a traditional two year model in which trainees with board eligibility in either internal medicine or family medicine spend two years roughly divided into academic (R-2, MPH) and practicum (R-3) phases with broad clinical training in O/E medicine proceeding longitudinally throughout the two years. The second is a unique integrated residency in which residents in the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency gradually "evolve" into occupational medicine residents and over a four-year period become board eligible in both disciplines. We have successfully recruited to both tracks since the residency was formally accredited in 1994. Our residents (now numbering 4) have become integral to our Division's educational, clinical, and research missions and have given momentum to scholarly productivitY throughout the Division, particularly in the area of musculoskeletal medicine and ergonomics. In addition to developing a stable pipeline of trainees, we have collaborated with the Division of Work Environment at Umass-Lowell on a New England ERC proposal to NIOSH this past year. Ongoing collaborative education and research between our two campuses has only added depth and rigor to the residency both in terms of didactic and practicum training, as well as research.
Education; Training; Musculoskeletal-system; Ergonomics; Occupational-medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030