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Residency Program in Occupational Medicine

The major goal of our program is to train ethical, board-certified, occupational physicians who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide occupational and environmental health professional services in a wide variety of settings, including academia, public health agencies, corporate occupational health, and community based clinical occupational medicine. The knowledge and skills necessary to practice preventive medicine and occupational medicine are acquired over the course of a career and lifelong learning skills are emphasized.
Description of Training
The residency is accredited by the ACGME and provides residents with the qualifications to meet the American Board of Preventive Medicine eligibility requirements for specialty board certification in Occupational Medicine. The Duke Occupational and Environmental Clinic (DOEMC) is a member of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinics (AOEC), a nationally recognized network of clinics dedicated to the ethical practice of occupational medicine, research, education, and the prevention and treatment of occupational and environmentally induced diseases. The residency program is funded through a NIOSH Training Project Grant, industry grants and clinical revenue from the DOEMC.
The two year program provides training for the academic (Master's in Public Health) and practicum ABPM board requirements but does not provide the clinical year of training required for preventive medicine training. The first year is primarily an academic year at the University of North Carolina School (UNC) of Public Health. UNC has one of the premier schools of public health in the country and has a world renowned faculty. The web site for the School of Public Health is www.sph.unc.edu .
Residents can complete an MPH or MSPH in several areas of specialization including epidemiology, industrial hygiene, public health leadership and health policy and administration. Residents who have already completed the MPH degree may eligible to enter the program with minimal additional course work. All residents are required to complete core course requirements including:
    • Fundamentals of epidemiology
    • Electives in occupational epidemiology
    • Biostatistics, computer science and research methods
    • Industrial hygiene
    • Public health administration
    • Environmental health science
    • Toxicology
    • Health behavior and education
    • Safety and ergonomics
The practicum training is focused on clinical rotations and research projects. Rotation sites include:
    • Duke Hospital Employee Health and Wellness Center
    • Duke Occupational Health Clinic
    • GlaxoSmithKline Occupational Health Services
    • OSHA in Washington, DC
    • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations
    • North Carolina Department of Public Health, Division of Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
    • North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project
    • U.S. Naval Shipyard Occupational Medicine Clinic, Norfolk, VA
    • Community Based Occupational Health Clinic, Wilmington, NC
    • AWNC Industrial Clinic
In addition, residents are required to complete clinical consultations on a variety of toxicologic and musculoskeletal cases, attend journal club, conferences and Duke faculty didactic sessions on a wide range of occupational medicine topics. Other consultations may require on-site evaluations of employees in their work setting to assess chemical, biological and ergonomic hazards. Additional information is available on practicum sites, a list of faculty, and practicum preceptors.
Who Should Apply:
Physicians are eligible to apply to the program who have completed training in an ACGME approved primary care residency, such training being acceptable to the American Board of Preventive Medicine as equivalent training to the clinical year of a Preventive Medicine Residency Program. Many of our trainees have already completed a primary care residency and most have completed at least two years. However, resident applicants with one year of clinical training and additional expertise and/or experience relevant to occupational medicine may be considered. Final acceptance to the program requires a full license to practice medicine in the State of North Carolina. Military physicians desiring additional training in hyperbarics and undersea medicine are encouraged to apply. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
For additional information contact:
Dennis Darcey, MD, MSPH
Occupational Medicine Residency Program
Phone: 919-684-3591
Teri Pond
Residency Program Coordinator

Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
PO Box 3834
Durham, NC 27710
Fax: 919-286-1021
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