Graduate training program in occupational medicine.
NIOSH 2003 Sep; :1-16
We developed an innovative supervised practicum year of training in occupational medicine, which met the training requirements for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine (OM). This "external" program used on-job, on- campus techniques and is designed for physicians who already have substantial clinical training and desire to make a mid-career shift into OM. Residents must be employed full-time in a suitably supervised position in the field of Occupational Medicine. The residents are required to have already completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at another institution. The program incorporates training at the University of Pennsylvania for three days per month, faculty visits to the resident's worksites, a series of in-depth projects which develop skills in five specific competency areas and one general competency area, and supervised activities at the residents' place of employment. During the first 5-year period of the grant, 33 physicians graduated from the program. Seventeen of these trainees were directly supported from the training grant. The quality of the program is indicated by strong performance using various independent evaluations that includes improvements in self-assessed ratings of skills before and after training, faculty ratings of resident performance, and superior performance on the American Board of Preventive Medicine Certifying examinations compared with other Occupational Medicine Residency trainees. Residents have also given high ratings when asked questions relating to whether the program met their training needs. All program graduates have remained in employment in the field of OM.
Training; Safety-programs; Safety-education; Occupational-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Ergonomics; Industrial-hygienists; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-medicine-programs; Public-health
Final Grant Report
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104