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The Future Occupational Physician - What Should His Training Be?
NIOSH 1979 Jun:136-137
The integration of courses in occupational medicine into the standard medical school curriculum is discussed. The author concludes that there is a shortage of physicians who are properly trained to deal with occupational illnesses and that most occupational health services are provided by physicians who are unaware of unfamiliar with industrial toxicology and the work etiology of some diseases. Current programs are criticized for overemphasizing the bureaucratic and legal aspects of practice and producing graduates who are best suited to serve management rather than the worker. NIOSH Educational Resource Centers are described as presenting an opportunity for the integration of occupational medicine into the overall practice of medicine. The author recommends that health programs be made available to all workers to the fullest possible extent.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Occupational-health; Industrial-health; Toxicology; Environmental-health; Medical-personnel; Training-programs; Occupational-medicine;
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1978, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division