Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: No. The Occupational Medicine Rotation Program is only open to applicants from U.S.-based, American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited residency programs.

Answer: No. This rotation is only open to physicians currently in an ACGME-accredited residency program. CDC programs for medical students can be found at

Answer: Yes. These applicants will need to substitute the concurrence statement from their Program Director with a letter confirming the resident’s graduation date.

Answer: The rotation program hosts 6 residents per year. We schedule rotators during January–September.

Answer: The rotation is 4 full weeks scheduled to center within the selected calendar month.

Answer: No.

Answer: The rotation’s application process has recently adopted the following changes:

  • As of 2020, applicants for all 6 rotator positions in a given year will have a single deadline to submit their application documents (CV, program director’s permission to do the rotation, and statement of interest). Rolling admission or first come, first served scheduling is no longer available.
  • The requirement of a statement of interest describing what the applicant’s goals are for doing the rotation and how it fits into their overall career path is also a new component of the application process.
  • Rotators will no longer be scheduled more than 1 year in advance.
  • Residents from programs based outside the U.S. will no longer be eligible for this rotation.
  • Applications will now be submitted only through a new online application portal which will only be open 2 months (July 1–September 1).

Answer: Please check the rotation webpage. During the open application period July 1- September 1, there will be an active link to the new Rotation Application Portal. This link will be deactivated after this deadline until July 1st of the following year.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Answer: Every effort is made to provide this experience to each rotator, but a site visit cannot be guaranteed.

Answer: CDC/NIOSH does not provide funding to cover travel or accommodation expenses associated with coming to Cincinnati, OH for the rotation. Only travel and accommodation expenses incurred while traveling with the NIOSH team on a HHE site visit during the rotation will be covered.

  Answer: No.

Answer: Applicants provide their top three preferred months for the rotation as part of their application. Efforts will be made to best accommodate each resident’s month preference. Rotators are not scheduled for October, November, and December.

Answer: All rotators will:

  • Complete a set of 5 required modules that cover statistical applications in occupational health, respirator fit testing, and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Complete an additional 5 modules of their choice on various occupational health related topics with an emphasis on how the NIOSH HHE program evaluates these issues
  • Prepare and give a 45-minute presentation on a selected occupational medicine topic
  • Respond to a public inquiry under NIOSH medical officer supervision
  • Attend scheduled one-on-one meetings with program directors throughout NIOSH
  • Meet with project officers in different phases of a HHE including discussions with HHE requestors, development of questionnaires/interviews, etc.

Answer: Due to the many required activities that rotators must complete in a short amount of time, rotators will only be allowed to spend a maximum of one workday hour per week on non-rotation activities. These activities may include attending lectures sponsored by the rotator’s residency program or studying for or taking exams (either residency based or specialty Board Certification exams). Scheduling this rotation during residency program or specialty board examinations is strongly discouraged.

Answer: In general, rotators work in the office from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Hours and schedules can vary during workplace site visits depending on the process and employees being evaluated. It is possible that rotators may be asked to travel and attend a workplace site visit during weekends and evening hours.

Page last reviewed: June 27, 2019