UK College of Public Health Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health offers ACGME accredited residencies leading to eligibility for examination by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Occupational medicine provides the opportunity to incorporate many aspects of other fields of medicine, including emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery, epidemiology, toxicology, forensic medicine, administration, and preventive medicine. Upon completion of the two year integrated clinical and academic program at the University of Kentucky, graduates from the Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program are prepared to pursue a variety of practice settings including clinical, academic, and research. A solid academic foundation is provided through the completion of the MPH degree classwork and weekly didactics. In addition, there are opportunities for attending university-wide lectures, grand rounds, etc. Residents rotate through a number of prescribed clinical rotations to ensure grounding in requisite skills and knowledge but there is time and flexibility in schedules to pursue relevant individual clinical interests. With successful completion of the training program, residents meet all the requirements for occupational medicine board eligibility as set by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
The program provides its graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to protect, promote and maintain the health of populations – resulting in the prevention of disease, disability and death. Working in clinical and administrative settings, the resident becomes well-versed in how systems of healthcare are managed to address the health needs of diverse populations. In this two-year combined residency, class instruction will be carefully matched with practicum experience to maximally reinforce new expertise gained. The residency program emphasizes a deliberate selection process, a wide range of quality instructional courses, thoughtful design of educational plans for each resident, and in-depth tracking of resident activities. Residents, faculty and the program itself are rigorously evaluated with revisions made when indicated. The vision of this residency is to graduate knowledgeable, effective, and well-rounded public health and preventive medicine specialists.