College of Public Health students graduating

Occupational Medicine Residency Program

Under the direction of Dr. Ray Garman, a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the two-year program was certified by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1983. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Why Occupational Medicine?

Today, organizations of every kind rely on corporate medical departments as well as on outside Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) consulting practices to ensure their operations and products pose no unacceptable risks to human health or to the environment. Increasingly, businesses are relying on Occupational Medicine to improve the productivity of the workforce using preventive medicine techniques in an effort to maintain optimal employee health.

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.

  • Occupational Medicine achieved specialty status from the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in 1955
  • In existence since 1983, UK’s Occupational Medicine includes training in core preventive medicine competencies:
    • Health Services Management
    • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • Clinical Preventive Medicine
    • Behavioral Aspects of Health
    • Environmental Health
  • The occupational focus of the residency program is achieved through training in the following core areas:
    • Disability Management and Work Fitness
    • Workplace Health and Surveillance
    • Hazard Recognition, Evaluation, and Control
    • Clinical Occupational Medicine
    • Regulations and Government Agencies
    • Environmental Health and Risk Assessment
    • Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention

The first year of residency training is primarily spent completing MPH coursework, while maintaining limited clinical activity. In the second year, residents complete a series of rotations through several sites, including an occupational and environmental health clinic (Kentucky Clinic South), an employer-based occupational health clinic (Toyota Motor Manufacturing of KY), public health departments (Lexington-Fayette County and KY State Health Department), a private medical practice with a focus on occupational dermatology (Dermatology Specialists), UK Employee Health and a migrant farm worker health center (Bluegrass Community Health Center).