Occupational Medicine

Occupational Medicine Residency - Overview

The USF Occupational Medicine Residency (OMR) is an ACGME accredited program located within the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine (COM) in the Department of Preventive/Occupational Medicine.

The USF OMR is a two-year training program which consists of concurrent academic and practicum phases. The academic course work leads to a Master’s of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and consists of four components:

  1. Five College core courses which teach many of the basic principles and skills of preventive medicine,
  2. Nine core courses in Occupational Safety and Health,
  3. Six credit hours of thesis research; and
  4. Three hours of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology.
  5. Three hours of electives

Residents are expected to participate in ERC poster events, submit their research papers to professional journals and attend/present at professional conferences.

The two-year practicum portion of the OMR includes 24 months of practicum rotations at various clinical sites. During clinical training, the average resident spends 8 months in “Real World of Work” experiences, the focus of which is to provide an opportunity for the resident to demonstrate progressively increasing responsibility over time. In addition, “Real World of Work” rotations provide an opportunity for residents to interact with an assortment of important components and personnel indigenous to the practice of OM in the 21st century: nurses, administrators, insurance personnel, safety professionals, union representatives, human resource specialists, etc. The remaining practicum months are intended to give residents a broad medical knowledge base, increase interdisciplinary teaching, and expose residents to health and safety, legal, ethical, and social issues involved in OM practice. At the end of their training there is a required comprehensive examination and a thesis defense.

The three overarching goals for USF OMR are:

  1. To ensure that residents develop proficiency as physicians in order to complete their training and competently practice as independent practitioners;
  2. Improve patient care via resident education; and
  3. To graduate capable OM physicians with critical thinking skills, acquired through research training, to utilize scholarly approaches to offer solutions to complex clinical and workplace challenges.