University of South Florida
College of Public Health
EOH: Occupational Medicine
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.,
Tampa, FL 33612
The USF Occupational Medicine Residency (OMR) is a two year concurrent academic and practicum training program designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine.
We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program is located in Tampa, Florida at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine in the Department of Preventive/Occupational Medicine. Preparing resident physicians to become board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is a principle objective of our program. The academic coursework leads to a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree which is attained through the USF College of Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health. The USF OMR training program was established in 1991 by Dr. Stuart Brooks, the recipient of the 2012 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine William S. Knudsen Award, which recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of Occupational Medicine.
USF offers its occupational medicine residents with unparalleled clinical experiences in a variety of settings: hospital based clinics, local private practices, CSX Transportation, NASA – Kennedy Space Center, OSHA, FOX News, Tampa Electric Company, Summit Insurance and others. Please refer to our practicum rotations page for more information about each rotation. The two-year practicum portion of the OMR includes 24 months of practicum rotations. During the clinical training, residents spend an average of 8 months in “real world of work” experiences, which provide an opportunity to learn in various OM settings. While under the supervision of attending physicians residents are able to demonstrate increased responsibility over time. The “real world of work” rotations provide a chance for residents to interact with a variety of important components and personnel that are integral to the practice of OM: nurses, administrators, insurance personnel, safety professionals, union representatives, human resource specialists, etc. Remaining practicum months are intended to give residents a broad medical knowledge base, increased exposure to interdisciplinary teaching, and experiences with health and safety, legal, ethical and social issues involved in OM practice.
The academic course work leads to a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and consists of the following:
Academic training also includes weekly didactic sessions with experts in areas pertinent to OM. Board review, Journal Club, research methodology and statistics. Certification workshops in specialty areas such as hearing conservation, and spirometry are provided as well. Residents are provided funded opportunities to attend national OM professional conferences and training courses for DOT Medical Examiner and Medical Review Officer (MRO).
Residents are encouraged to participate in scientific endeavors (i.e., submit their research papers to professional journals and attend/present at professional conferences). At the completion of their training, there is a required comprehensive exam and a thesis defense.
The four overarching goals for USF OMR are: