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Medical Student Occupational Health Projects: Residency Training and Union Work.
NIOSH 1979 Jun:163-164
Problems associated with identifying occupationally related diseases are discussed from a physician's viewpoint. The author considers the primary problems to be worker's lack of knowledge about what he is working with and the related potential hazards; negligence of management, unions, and government agencies who are responsible for worker safety; and an unwillingness on the worker's part to pursue solutions to unhealthy conditions for fear of losing his job. The author suggests that primary practitioners in the field are ineffective due to lack of training and the absence of experience working with a single group of patients with a potential common exposure. He also cites a conflict of interest by company physicians because their allegiance often is to management rather than to the worker. The author recommends a curriculum developed by medical students who have first hand experience in the work place. He concludes that a critical aspect of training the student is contact with the worker and learning from this practical experience.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Occupational-health-programs; Training-programs; Industrial-health; Occupational-medicine; Health-services;
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