Occupational Medicine Residency - Overview
The USF Occupational Medicine Residency is a two-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
(ACGME), where our trainees concurrently complete a broad and comprehensive range of clinical rotations as well as a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), depending on their preference.
Our mission is to train the most highly competent Occupational Medicine Physicians in the nation, who will help fulfill the large need in our specialty throughout the country. In truth, this is more of a vision because it does not have an end point. It is an ideal we continually work toward using successive goals that inherently change over time within an evolving medical and social landscape. Over the next five years, these are the goals of our program:
- We will provide excellent training in the traditional aspects of Occupational and Preventive Medicine (ex. physical/chemical/biological exposures and pre-employment evaluations)
- We will provide excellent training in new and innovative aspects of Occupational and Preventive Medicine (ex. diagnostic/interventional ultrasound and total worker health programs)
- We will recruit exceptional and highly internally motivated candidates from diverse clinical backgrounds
- We will conduct groundbreaking research, pushing the boundaries of medicine in general and advancing our field
Highlights of our program include:
- No call, no nights, no weekends, no pagers – Work/clinic hours are 8a-4p on most rotation, guaranteeing you have ample time to balance work with graduate courses, research, and leisure activities
- Supportive/highly dedicated faculty and tailored clinical experiences – In addition to our core rotations, tell us what your specific interests are within Occupational Medicine. We build in a substantial amount of time for flexible elective rotations to fit your needs and interests.
- The ability to moonlight if you choose
- MRO, DOT, Audiometry, and Spirometry certification courses all paid for by the department – You will graduate residency having already completed all of these training courses, greatly increasing your marketability.
- Fully paid conferences and additional training courses – In addition to attending the national American Occupational Health Conference sponsored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) conference both years (including the board review course in the second year), if there are other courses or conferences you’d like to complete/attend within the scope of Occupational Medicine, the department will pay for those as well.
- Abundant research opportunities: In addition to ongoing faculty driven research projects which have yielded large data sets that you can analyze with the help of our staff Biostatistician, we will help you develop, submit, and conduct your own research projects according to your interests, fully funded by the department.
- Residents have the opportunity to participate in regular community outreach including flu shot drives, health fairs, community free clinics and information/Q&A sessions
- Residents participate in periodic large-scale Emergency and Disaster Management simulation exercises coordinated between the Air Force, Florida Poison Control Center, local hospitals, Hillsborough County, and the Tampa VA (past scenarios have included active shooters/terrorism, chemical spills, natural disasters, infectious disease epidemics)
- Point of Care Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Ocular Ultrasound training – In our VA Employee Health Clinic, our standard practice utilizes diagnostic ultrasound examination as part of a thorough physical examination in evaluating injuries. We also regularly perform indicated ultrasound guided interventional procedure in the clinic, at the point of care. In addition to this hands-on experience in the clinic, our residents receive comprehensive musculoskeletal and ocular ultrasound training as part of our weekly didactic sessions and periodic workshops. You will graduate being highly competent in this marketable skill that improves patient care in addition to reducing cost and time.
Thank you for visiting our website and considering the USF Occupational Medicine Residency program. We’re excited you’re considering a career in this highly rewarding specialty which we all adamantly regard as the best kept secret in medicine. If you are a highly internally motivated candidate and what you’ve read here resonates with you, please explore our website to learn more about various aspects of our program and feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck in finding your ideal training program.
Rachel Williams, MD, MSPH