The program integrates academic public-health education (leading to the MPH degree) with patient-oriented clinical experiences. We emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to occupational medicine practice. Residents have the opportunity to work with other trainees and professionals in industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, ergonomics, toxicology and other fields.
Residents choose rotations from a wide variety of clinical settings, including community-based occupational medicine clinics, corporate medical programs, and hospital-based specialty practices. In addition, residents regularly participate in the Occupational Medicine Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Our residents have the opportunity to work with faculty recognized nationally for achievements in occupational, environmental and agricultural medicine. Areas of clinical and research expertise include occupational and environmental lung diseases; the health effects of occupational environmental exposures (including industrial and agricultural chemicals); occupational and agricultural injury epidemiology; surveillance and prevention; international occupational and environmental health; and occupational ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders.
Residents have access to several federally funded research centers, including the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, and the Injury Prevention Research Center.
Occupational medicine residents are provided with an office with personal computers providing electronic access to library resources (including PubMed and other on-line clinical databases), electronic medical records, and the internet, in addition to the standard suite of word-processing, spreadsheet, and email software.
Although the training is rigorous and requires considerable study, residents typically work 45-55 duty hours per week with no regularly scheduled night or weekend call responsibilities.