College of Public Health Guidebooks
Concentration: Occupational Medicine Residency (Code: POM)
Starting with the 2018/19 catalog residents complete the Environmental and Occupational Health concentration.
NOTE: The MSPH in Occupational Medicine Residency is only for MDs in the Occupational Medicine Residency program.
The MSPH in Occupational Medicine Residency is an academic concentration that prepares occupational medicine physicians and health professionals with the research and professional knowledge and skills necessary to address the complex health and safety issues found in today's business environment. There is sufficient flexibility to accommodate a variety of interests and career goals, including: practice of occupational medicine in an industrial setting; development, administration and management of occupational health programs, practice of occupational medicine in an industrial setting; the development and management of governmental programs which may be required by law to provide surveillance, monitoring and hazard evaluation; careers in teaching and research in an academic setting or; planning, management and administration of occupational programs in an industrial setting emphasizing epidemiological, clinical and toxicological research. The MSPH curriculum focuses on the worker, the workplace, information management and administration. The student is provided the opportunity to acquire sufficient knowledge and skills to administer and manage occupational health services programs. The MSPH emphasizes protective and preventive policies, procedures, practices and programs. Information management and administration are stressed. The MSPH also gives importance to social, legal, and ethical issues concerns. There is emphasis and sufficient opportunity for conducting research; students are sufficiently prepared to pursue further graduate work (e.g., PhD degree) or pursue a career in an academic institution.
The MSPH in Occupational Medicine Residency includes an occupational/preventive medicine residency program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. 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.
Program of Study
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The USF Tampa Graduate Catalog, including college and program requirements, and program and course descriptions, is available on the web at www.grad.usf.edu/catalog.php. Each Catalog is published and in effect for the academic term(s) noted on the title page.
Student’s Program Degree Requirements
In order to graduate, students must meet all requirements specified in the USF Catalog of their choice, except as noted below. As the University is dynamic, changes and updates to the catalog are anticipated. In contract to major requirements, which are tied to a specific catalog, all students must comply with University policies and procedures that come into effect each catalog year.
- Students cannot choose a USF Catalog published prior to admission (or readmission) or during an academic year in which they did not complete at least two terms. If a student is dropped from the system and must be reinstated, the student’s choice of Catalog is limited to the USF Catalog in effect at the time of readmission or any one Catalog published during their continuous re-enrollment.
- If state law or certification requirements change, the student must comply with the most current standard or criteria.
- If the College or Department makes fundamental changes to the program that necessitates changes in the degree requirements of enrolled students, the needs of those students will be explicitly addressed in the proposal for change and scrutinized by the Office of Graduate Studies.
- USF policies and procedures not related to degree requirements such as academic grievance procedures, student conduct code and other procedural processes and definitions may be updated each year and the student will be held to the most current catalog and procedures available.
- USF does not commit itself to offer all the courses, programs, and majors listed in this Catalog. If the student cannot meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the Catalog of choice as a result of decisions and changes made by the University, appropriate substitutions will be determined by the program to ensure that the student is not penalized.
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Occupational/Preventive Medicine Residency Program
The Occupational Medicine Residency Program focuses both on the use of critical thinking and research approaches in investigations. Residents are trained to recognize, manage and prevent occupational disease and injury. Research focuses on:
- Prevention of occupational asthma;
- Newly emerging occupational infectious diseases from blood borne pathogens;
- Repetitive motion injuries of the upper extremity and back (emphasizing ergonomic control and prevention);
- Indoor air quality control; and
- The changing economy and workplace, and its influence on worker safety and health.
The practicum includes at least four months of supervised real world of work training and includes rotations in utility and power industry, aeronautic and space industry, occupational medicine clinics and regulatory agencies. Rotation site locations are described below. Research time is required. We are proud of our faculty's educational and research accomplishments and we encourage faculty members and residents to work closely together in a supportive environment to refine professional skills in conducting research studies. It is our goal to provide you with an outstanding education that will lead to the greatest development of your skills in preparation of a lifetime of personal and professional gratification and to successful certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine/Occupational Medicine. The residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
This OMR program has five faculty members on staff:
Tom Truncale, DO, MPH, CIME, Program Director
Eve Hanna, MD, MSPH
Joan Watkins, DO, MPH
Alfred Mbah, PHD, Assistant Professor, Research
Rachel Williams, MD, MSPH
Occupational Medicine Mission
The mission of the residency program is to prepare physicians for careers in Occupational Medicine in the 21st century. The residency furnishes a broad base of knowledge which includes all aspects of occupational safety and health with an emphasis on protective and preventive policies, procedures, practices and programs. Graduates are trained to administer, manage and direct clinical occupational health programs. The residency clinical rotations emphasize health of workers and their ability to perform work; the arrangement of work; and the physical, chemical and social environment in the workplace. There is enough flexibility in the program to allow each resident to pursue and achieve individual interests and career goals.
For more information visit health.usf.edu/publichealth/eoh/ocmed/index.htm
Residency Program Options
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the two-year concurrent academic and practicum phase residency program. The academic work is completed at the College of Public Health during the evenings, while the practicum activities take place in the community during the day. A practicum year or complimentary pathway is not available.
Stipend support and tuition waivers is provided for applicants accepted into the residency.
In order to qualify for the residency, applicants who are graduates from a US medical school must have one year of clinical training in an ACGME accredited program and graduates of a foreign medical school must have two years of clinical training in an ACGME accredited program. Successful applicants must have passed all three steps of the USMLE/COMLEX and be able to provide proof of US citizenship/residency valid at the time of application.
The Residency Program generally accepts between two to four residents per year.
Applications and Forms to Apply to the Residency
Interested applicants should apply to the residency through ERAS. If you are unable to apply through ERAS, please use our OMR Application form, and send it in along with all the required support documentation. Complete applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the address below. Applicants will also need to apply to USF and the College of Public Health. See the college application instructions for details (6.1 Graduate Application Procedures).
USF College of Public Health
Occupational Medicine Residency Program
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Mailbox #: MDC 56
Tampa, Florida 33612-3805
Phone: 813-974-7537 / Fax: 813-974-4994
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites
- Public health course prerequisites: None required.
- Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Majors that prepared candidates for matriculation into medical school; undergraduate majors in other clinical disciplines, e.g. nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy are acceptable.
- For residency program: Acceptance into the residency requires graduation from an approved medical school and completion of at least two years of clinical training in a primary care specialty. Consideration will also be given for resident applicants with considerable occupational medicine practice experience and only one year of residency training.
- Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Clinical courses associated with a clinical profession.
- Clinical Training
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).
- USMLE (Steps I, II, and III) or COMLEX-USA (Levels 1, 2, and 3) or FLEX SCORES
You must have all three steps of the USMLE or COMLEX-USA completed before you will be considered for the program.
- Clinical Training
- Minimum undergraduate GPA:
- Residency program or other physicians with a valid U.S. unrestricted medical license
- Other health professionals 3.0 in last 60 credits of undergraduate program and a valid clinical license.
- GRE Score:
- Residency Program: waived with documentation of unrestricted valid U.S. medical license.
- Other health professionals: see the Master of Science in Public Health degree requirements.