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Career paths in occupational medicine.

Authors
Harber-P; Bontemps-J; Saechao-K; Wu-S; Liu-Y; Elashoff-D
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Nov; 54(11):1324-1329
NIOSHTIC No.
20042608
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To describe career path patterns for occupational medicine (OM) physicians. METHODS: A convenience sample of 129 occupational physicians described work activities and locations at several career points up to 20 years ago, first OM position, and 10 years after expectations. RESULTS: Clinical activities were important throughout (eg, 41% and 46% of occupational physicians reported frequently treating patients 20 years ago and currently). Practice locations changed more markedly, with increased multisite clinics and hospital/medical center-based practices. Performing mainly clinical activities in a first job increased from 82% to 97% over the past 20 years. Career transitions between clinical and nonclinical roles were common (40% of participants). Many anticipate transition to nonclinical work over 10 years. CONCLUSIONS: Activities have not fundamentally changed, but practice locations have evolved. Both clinical and management activities remain important, and path to managerial positions increasingly begins in clinical practice.
Keywords
Medical-services; Training; Education; Physicians; Humans; Men; Women; Medical-facilities; Medical-personnel; Questionnaires
Contact
Philip Harber, Community, Environment, and Policy Division, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20121101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pharber@email.arizona.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008647
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
AZ; CA
Performing Organization
University of California, Los Angeles
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