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Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency Program

Program Overview

The mission of the University of Kentucky Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency Program is to provide residents with the skills, knowledge and leadership needed to be effective, and well-rounded occupational medicine specialists in a variety of settings including clinical practices, business, hospital, academic, governmental, and corporate. Dating to 1983 the OEM residency program at UK is a fully institutionally funded, and ACGME accredited two-year residency program that provides residents with the qualifications to sit for Board Certification in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through the American Board of Preventative Medicine.

An OEM resident at UK can expect a wide range of quality instructional courses, thoughtful design of educational plans for each resident, and rotations designed to give hands on experience in the specialty. As part of our residency curriculum, our graduates will earn a Master of Public Health degree from the UK College of Public Health. The UK College of Public Health is a fully-accredited school of public health and an active participant in the Association of Schools of Public Health.  Funding for the graduate coursework in this program is provided by the University of Kentucky.  In addition, residents receive benefits and salary at the PGY2 and PGY3 level for University of Kentucky Graduate Medical Education. 

To be considered for a resident position, applicants must have completed at least one year of ACGME accredited clinical training (PGY1 internship) and have completed and passed USMLE Step III to be eligible to apply for this program. Given the critical nature of a strong clinical background, accepted residents have, almost without exception, had additional clinical training and/or “hands on” experience in occupational medicine or a primary care specialty prior to being accepted into the program. The residency accepts a maximum of 2 residents each year.