Occupational Medicine > F.A.Q.


Why Pursue a Career in Occupational Medicine?

The lack of well trained board certified occupational medicine physicians has never been more evident, especially in the State of Florida and Southeastern United States. The shortage of residency trained health professionals knowledgeable in the mechanism of work place injury and the causal relationship between exposure and illness has lead to a rise in work related health care costs, an increase in time off from work and decreased productivity. Early recognition and treatment is the cornerstone of any solution to this growing problem. The USF OM residency is designed for physicians with full-time career goals in the field of Occupational Medicine yet allows opportunity for those interested in administration, utilization review or public health. Our curriculum enables the resident to design a course of study leading to an MSPH degree. The breadth of the residency is such that there is sufficient flexibility to accommodate varying interests and career goals.

What would I actually do as an Occupational Medicine Physician?

Occupational medicine physicians might be called upon to develop programs designed for medical surveillance, workplace monitoring, the prevention of occupational health disorders, and patient care. OM physicians could potentially be in charge of the administration and management of occupational health programs in an industrial setting or wherever personnel health services are needed, especially in a managed care setting.

OM physicians can also be found in the development and management of governmental programs, which may be required by law to provide surveillance, monitoring and hazard evaluations. Some OM physicians pursue careers in teaching and research in an academic setting.

Where do Occupational Medicine Physicians typically work?

Occupational Medicine Physicians work in a variety of places such as employee health clinics in hospitals, manufacturing plants, nuclear power plants, chemical companies, pharmaceutical firms, industry and manufacturing of all types, and public utilities and insurance companies. Some occupational medicine physicians work for such government agencies like the CDC, OSHA, and NIOSH. Some OM physicians do consulting work, while others pursue research or academic careers.

What is the typical salary of an Occupational Medicine Physician?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (see http://www.bls.gov/oco/) the median annual earnings of occupational health physicians were over $200,000.

How can I learn more about Occupational Medicine?

Go to http://www.acoem.org or contact us at the College of Public Health.

What type of financial assistance is available?

Monies to support tuition and fees for full time students are available thanks to our NIOSH grant. Our residents’ salaries are provided by our institutional affiliations with the James A. Haley VA Hospital, Bay Pines VA Hospital and Tampa General Hospital. Salaries are determined by the PGY year of the resident, based on figures provided by the Graduate Medical Education office.

What Makes the USF Occupational Medicine/MSPH Program stand out?

The MSPH in Occupational Medicine includes an occupational medicine residency program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Programs. The residency program option is a two year concurrent academic and practicum with academic work in the evenings while the practicum takes place during the day.

How many spots are available per year?

We are accredited to train a maximum of 8 residents across our two training years, but in general, depending on our available funding, only have up to six residents at a time.

What is the application and acceptance timeline?

Applications are accepted from August 1st up to December 15th. Our interview timeline is from October 15th through December 15th. Accepted residents will be notified on December 15th.

Does the USF OMR sponsor for visas?

Unfortunately, we cannot sponsor for visas. In order to be eligible, applicants must be either a Permanent Resident, or a Citizen of the United States.

Does the USF OMR offer the Complimentary Pathway?

The OMR does not offer the Complimentary Pathway. Applicants who already have an MPH may apply, but keep in mind that you will be required to do a full two years of clinical training.

I already have an MPH. Am I still eligible to apply? Does my MPH count towards fulfilling the OMR requirements?

Yes, you will be eligible for a 2 year clinical program. Our Applicant Review Committee will evaluate the MPH transcripts submitted and determine if the applicant will be required to retake the courses.

What is the clinical training requirement to be eligible to the OMR?

US Medical school graduates are required to have 12 months of ACGME approved clinical training before being eligible for our program. Foreign medical school graduates must have 24 months of US ACGME accredited clinical training before being eligible. Certificates of training completion must be provided, as well as the name and contact information of the Program Director of the completed program(s).

To whom should letters of recommendation be addressed?

We require that the applicant submit three (3) letters of recommendation that are no more than two years old and that are written either by the applicant’s previous program director, faculty, hospital staff, or coworkers who know the applicant and can recommend him/her for the program.

All letters should be addressed to our program director, Dr. Thomas Truncale.