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  • 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 Salary.com, the median annual earnings of occupational health physicians were just around $200,000. Many locations pay much higher and the job availability is really great.
  • 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. Residents enter the program as a PGY-2. Resident salaries & Benefits are provided by the GME office and adjusted annually. Please see our tab on Salary and Benefits for details.
  • 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 Education. The residency program is a two year concurrent academic and practicum with academic work in the evenings while the practicum takes place during the day. USF offers its occupational medicine residents with unparalleled clinical experiences in a variety of settings: hospital based clinics, local private practices and a variety of truly unique experiences. Furthermore, residents are required to complete a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree which affords them with a robust fund of public health knowledge with special emphases on research, occupational health policy, disease and exposure. The program offers a variety of elective rotations so you have the opportunity to customize some of them to the type of work you plan on doing when you graduate.

    “The Program Director and clinical faculty members are very dedicated to the residents’ education and training. They trained us to be competent occupation physician and public health leaders. I am very proud to have trained here.”
  • How many spots are available per year?
    We are accredited to train a maximum of 8 residents over two training years. In general we have 5-6 residents, 2-3 per program year.
  • What is the application and acceptance timeline?
    Applications are accepted from August 1st up to December 1st. Interviews take place from October early December. Accepted residents will be notified on or around December 15th. The Program Directors for all the OM residencies determine the exact date each year so all applicants are made initial offers on the same day.
  • Does the USF OMR sponsor for visas?
    Unfortunately, we cannot sponsor for visas. In order to be eligible, applicants must either be a Permanent Resident, or Citizen of the United States.
  • Does the USF OMR offer the Complimentary Pathway?
    The OMR does not offer the Complimentary Pathway.
  • 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 but will still need to complete the courses required for the MSPH. The USF College of Public Health will evaluate your MPH transcripts and determine how many credits can be applied to your MSPH degree and which classes you would still be required to take.
  • 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 with at least 11 months of direct patient care, 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. One must be written by the applicant’s previous program director and the other two should be from faculty, hospital staff, or coworkers who know the applicant and can recommend him/her for the program.

    Please address them to:
    Dr. Thomas Truncale
    Program Director, Occupational Medicine Residency Program
    University of South Florida
    College of Public Health
    13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd,. MDC 56
    Tampa, FL 33612