The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California San Francisco provides clinical services, consultation to industry and labor, conducts basic and applied research in occupational and environmental health, and trains health specialists in medicine, nursing, ergonomics, and industrial hygiene. The Division is a component of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), along with programs at the University of California Berkeley and Davis.
Description of Training
The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program typically entails two years of training. In the first year, Fellows obtain a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of California at Berkeley. The year at Berkeley provides excellent training in occupational and environmental epidemiology, public policy, environmental health sciences, health behavior, health education, biostatistics, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, and toxicology. Trainees attend classes and begin a research project during the first year, while participating in clinical activities in occupational and environmental medicine at UCSF. Physicians who already have an MPH degree can apply for entry directly into the second year of the training program.
The second year focuses on supervised practical training. The practicum year involves training time in clinics; local, state, federal or international governmental agencies; NGOs; academic; consulting; and industry settings. Trainees participate in patient care activities in university and community-based clinics for occupational or environmental injuries and illnesses, infectious disease prevention services, toxicology consultations, and placement and surveillance examinations of workers. The training includes site visits to various workplace and community settings to evaluate occupational and environmental health risks.
The rotations and site visits are supplemented by weekly clinical case conferences, biweekly grand rounds, research seminars and journal clubs. Trainees also design and complete a 1-2 year research project investigating a topic of interest to them in environmental or occupational medicine. Research opportunities in occupational and environmental lung injury, ergonomics/cumulative trauma injury, neurotoxicology, injury epidemiology, heavy metal toxicity, and environmental health are available.
Our program has part-time training opportunities for physicians who already have an MPH degree. The program is individually tailored to meet the requirements of board certification while also working within the schedule of a part-time practice. Individuals who are interested in this track are encouraged to contact us directly to inquire whether they may qualify for part-time training. Part-time trainees are expected to provide their own salary support and contribute toward the costs of their training.
Depending on the interests of the resident or fellow, the training program can be tailored toward any of the following career directions: (1) Academic occupational/environmental medicine with a focus on developing a research and teaching career; (2) Clinical occupational medicine focused on developing and managing a full-time clinical practice; or (3) Public health policy focused on understanding regulatory policy in environmental or occupational health and implementing or influencing these policies. In addition, we are actively developing opportunities in international environmental and occupational health through partners throughout the world who offer month-long rotations for our trainees.