The University of California,
Irvine Occupational Medicine Residency Program is a core teaching program
of the UCI Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH).
The residency is based in the Division of Occupational and Environmental
Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine. The residency
program was established in 1976 and has trained over 55 physicians.
Graduates of the program constitute a core of the practicing occupational
medicine specialists in Southern California, as well as leaders in corporate
occupational medicine and public health practice. A strength of the
program is our long-term collaboration with occupational medicine practitioners
and programs in the region. This collaboration provides a rich source
of expertise and training experiences for our residents.
The location of the residency
program is a particular strength of the program. The University of California,
Irvine, is a large and respected institution in Orange County. Orange
County is a major population center with more than 2 1/2 million people,
located to the south of and next to Los Angeles County. This location
places the program in the center of Southern California with access
to training opportunities ranging from Los Angeles through San Diego.
The residency program functions on a regional basis.
The University of California,
Irvine has a strong commitment to the residency program. The University
provides support for program faculty and staff, and for office, clinical,
teaching, and research facilities at the Center for Occupational and
Environmental Health. The residency is also a component of the NIOSH-funded
Southern California Educational Resource Center (ERC), which provides
support for residents' stipends.
The goal of the occupational
medicine residency is to prepare residents for the comprehensive practice
of occupational medicine in a variety of settings including private
clinical practices, managed health care organizations, corporate medical
departments, public health programs, and legal or regulatory authorities.
The residency addresses the competencies specified by the Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education for residency training in preventive
medicine - occupational medicine, as well as core competencies identified
by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
A list of competencies addressed by the program is available for review.
Graduates of the program are well prepared to take the ABPM certification
examination in preventive medicine - occupational medicine.
Specific educational objectives
To enable residents to
acquire knowledge of and the ability to apply the core sciences of
preventive medicine - that is, epidemiology, biostatistics, health
care organization and administration, occupational and environmental
health, and behavioral sciences - in the identification and solution
of health problems in occupational groups.
To help residents acquire
knowledge and skills in toxicology, environmental monitoring, and
safety evaluation as they apply to individuals and groups.
To enhance residents'
clinical knowledge in care of persons with occupational or environmental
exposures and in assessment of suitability for employment.
To teach residents about
planning, management, and evaluation of occupational health programs
in clinical practice and corporate settings.
To develop in residents
an understanding of the policy-making process in occupational medicine
with respect to law, regulation, and workers' compensation.
To create in residents
an understanding of the roles and expertise of other occupational
health professionals, and to collaborate with these professionals.
To provide an opportunity
for residents to develop independent research skills and to be able
to use appropriate analytical techniques in the prevention of occupational
diseases and injuries and in the evaluation of occupational health
These aims are achieved through
the graduate degree programs during the academic phase, the field site
training during the practicum phase, the clinical training in the UCI
COEH clinic, the COEH clinical case conference and didactic seminars,
and the resident projects.