The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program typically entails two years of training. Two PGY2 residents are accepted every year with the goal of having four Occupational Medicine residents in the program at any one time and two graduates annually.
The academic and clinical phases of the occupational medicine residency are functionally integrated. The residents participate in Occupational Medicine clinical and core residency training activities while simultaneously taking MPH courses. Residents can tailor their training from a range of academic and practicum opportunities to meet their individual educational objectives while receiving solid training in the core areas of occupational and environmental medicine.
All residents receive a Masters of Public Health degree at the LLU School of Public Health, generally in the concentration of Occupational and Environmental Health. This MPH program combines broad training in public health with specific training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The program includes core courses in occupational and environmental medicine, environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, and social and behavioral health sciences. In addition, successful candidates are required to complete a public health practicum and write a research-based master’s thesis. The degree is designed for individuals who anticipate careers in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, whether in clinical practice, academics, or public health practice.
During the residency, in addition to almost daily interaction with occupational medicine faculty, residents are given the opportunity to frequently interact with preventive medicine and SPH mentors to facilitate their professional growth. The occupational medicine residents attend the Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds in addition to attending Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds as well as 4 hours of weekly teaching conference, which is also attended by preventive medicine residents. OM residents also have the opportunity to rotate in preventive medicine clinics, and to interact, consult and collaborate in research projects with PM and SPH faculty members.