Letter to Prospective Applicants
Thank you for your interest in the University of Utah Occupational Medicine Residency Program. The rapidly expanding scope of occupational medicine and increasing demand for graduates of residency programs make the field a particularly attractive one. Our residency is part of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
The Rocky Mountain Center was established in 1977 and has maintained an occupational medicine residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1978. The residency is a two-year program with the first year PM1 (formerly PGY-2) focused on academic course work and applicable clinical rotations and the second year PM2 (formerly PGY-3) focused on a combination of academic, clinical, practical (field), and research experiences. All residents are required to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Utah.
The PM1 year includes coursework leading to a Master of Occupational Health (MOH). The MOH core courses include Introduction to Industrial and Environmental Toxicology and Physiology, Introduction to Occupational Epidemiology, Introduction to Biostatistics, and Administration and Management of Health and Safety Programs. Residents in occupational medicine are also required to take courses in industrial hygiene, ergonomics, occupational safety and health, preventive medicine, and occupational injuries and diseases. The MOH degree requires 32 semester hours of academic credit completed over two semesters. Application to the graduate school for the MOH degree should be submitted along with application to the residency program.
During the PM2 year, at least fourteen weeks of preceptorship are required at available industry and government locations to gain experience in comprehensive occupational health and safety programs. Current sites include locations such as Chevron (Houston, Texas), Hill Air Force Base (Ogden, Utah), Idaho National Laboratories (in Idaho), NASA Kennedy Space Center (Florida), Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, OSHA (Washington, DC), National Institutes of Safety and Health (Alaska, Ohio, West Virginia), Workers Compensation Fund, and state labor and public health agencies. Residents are trained in the comprehensive management of workers with occupational injuries and diseases at the University of Utah Occupational Medicine Clinic. Rotations in other specialties are selected according to the resident’s prior training. It is rare for OM residents to have night or weekend call.
RMCOEH has occupational medicine physicians, certified industrial hygienists, specialists in safety/ergonomics, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and physical therapists. Faculty members of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and other university departments provide training in other specialty areas. The occupational medicine residency program participates in the voluntary program established by directors of occupational medicine residencies to encourage uniform dates for application to and notification about acceptance to residency programs.
Please submit your residency application and attachments as soon as possible. We do not make offers for positions prior to December 15, for the following year. The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations.
To review the ACGME specialty requirements for residency training in occupational medicine, visit the ACGME site, and to review the the current board certification requirements visit the American Board of Prevention Medicine’s site.
Please feel free to call our residency coordinator, Kevin Ostler, at any time at 801-581-3841 if you need any additional information. We appreciate your interest in our residency training program.
Eric Wood, MD, MPH
Director, Occupational Medicine Residency