The West Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Initiative: practicum training for a new marketplace.
Meyer-JD; Becker-PE; Stockdale-T; Ducatman-AM
Am J Prev Med 1999 May; 16(4):347-350
Occupational medicine practice has experienced a shift from larger corporate medical departments to organizations providing services for a variety of industries. Specific training needs will accompany this shift in practice patterns; these may differ from those developed in the traditional industrial or corporate medical department setting. The West Virginia Occupational Health and Safety Initiative involves occupational medicine residents in consultation to a variety of small industries and businesses. It uses the expertise of occupational physicians, health and safety extension faculty, and faculty in engineering and industrial hygiene. Residents participate in multidisciplinary evaluations of worksites, and develop competencies in team-building, workplace health and safety evaluation, and occupational medical consulting. Specific competencies that address requirements for practicum training are used to measure the trainee's acquisition of knowledge and skills. Particular attention is paid to the acquisition of group problem-solving expertise, skills relevant to the current market in practice opportunities, and the specific career interests of the resident physician. Preliminary evaluation indicates the usefulness of training in evaluation of diverse industries and worksites. We offer this program as a training model that can prepare residents for the challenges of a changing marketplace for occupational health and safety services.
Occupational-medicine; Training; Occupational-medicine-programs; Occupational-health-services; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Preventive-medicine
John Meyer, MD, MPH, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, West Virginia University School of Medicine, PO Box 9190 : Room 3801 HSS, Morgantown, WV 26506-9190
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Morgantown, West Virginia