Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Residency

Program Details

Since our first year in 1997, we have been dedicated to raising practicum residency training in Occupational Medicine to a new level through educational innovation and teaching excellence. The Occupational Medicine Residency at the University of Pennsylvania is a competency based, two-year, ACGME accredited, NIOSH and HRSA-supported practicum residency program. The program is designed to provide structured, supervised training and experiences to prepare the resident for specialized practice of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and for the American Board of Preventive Medicine Examination in Occupational Medicine (ABPM-OM). Training is organized around required professional competencies and is designed to develop leaders with a high-level in the skills required for success in Occupational and Environmental Medicine with an added emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in leadership and organizational management. Program Graduates have successful careers in clinical practice, corporate Occupational Medicine, Academic Medical Centers and government.

There are two tracks within the Residency Program – an EXTERNAL TRACK and an INTERNAL TRACK

The EXTERNAL TRACK is designed for physicians already employed full-time in Occupational Medicine at a location that offers suitable training opportunities, resources, and supervision. Residents will make monthly visits to Philadelphia, where they will take advantage, not only of the resources of one of the nation’s top five Schools of Medicine, but also of other schools at the University of Pennsylvania, such as the Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. For the INTERNAL TRACK the resident’s clinical training site will be the University of Pennsylvania Health System and affiliated organizations. Most of resident’s clinical work will be carried out at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Pennsylvania Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

Applicants should have completed the five core courses required by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and are required to have completed or be enrolled in an MPH (or equivalent degree) program as per ACGME requirements.

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Residency News

 

PENN Occupational Medicine Residency at AOHC 2013

We are pleased to announce that Drs. Geraldine Ruffa, Amy Espy-Smith, and Rhonda McCarthy were accepted as Fellows in the American College of Occupational Medicine (ACEOM) during the Annual Membership Meeting Luncheon of the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) 2013.

We are also very pleased to announce that Dr. Roxana Diba received the Resident Research Award for her research on The Effects of a 30 Day Limited Duty Policy Change on Time of Completion of a Return to Work (RTW) Program for Fire and Emergency Medical Service (FEMS) Members.

Finally, the following PENN Occupational Medicine Residency Faculty, Site Supervisors, Alumni, and Residents participated in presentations and sessions during the AOHC 2013.

Resident Research Abstract Presentations

Roxana Diba, MD, MS
Resident

The Effects of a 30 Day Limited Duty Policy Change on Time of Completion of a Return to Work Program (RTWP) for Fire and Emergency Medical Service (FEMS) Members Link to PDF

Poster Presentations

Patrick McCarty, MD,
Resident
Occupational Medicine (OM) Residency Program Survey
Truong Nguyen, DO,
MMM
Resident
Effects of Military Deployment on Self-Reported Health Risk Behaviors Among Military Members Link to PDF
Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH
Faculty
Field Survey of Health Perception and Complaints of Pennsylvania Residents in Marcellus Shale Regions

Conference Sessions

Robert M. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Site Supervisor
Occ Med: Where Primary Care Meets the Workplace
Merchant Mariner Medical Examinations: Update and Case Reviews
(Moderator)
Natalie P. Hartenbaum,
MD, MPH, FACOEM
Faculty
Commercial Driver Medical Examinations: National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner Training (Pre-Conference Course)
How to Become a Fellow
MRO Controversies - Drug Testing in Chronic Pain Management: How Can the MRO Be of Help? and Hydrocodone: Moving to Schedule II: Impact on MRO's
Scott Morris, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Faculty
The Toxic Tour: Lake Apopka and the Farmworker Population (Moderator)
Underserved Occupational Populations: Clinical, Regulatory, and Systems Issues (Moderator)
Judith McKenzie, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Faculty
The Future of Occupational Medicine: Where Will Our Expert Practitioners Come From (Panelist)
Amanda Phillips-Savoy,
MD, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP
Alumni
Medications in the Workplace: Fitness-for-Duty, Pain Management, and Abuse Issues

Performance of Penn Occupational Medicine Residents on the American Board of Preventive Medicine Examinations (1998-2005)

As part of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Occupational Medicine Residency Quality Assurance Program, we recently examined the results achieved on the American Board of Preventive Medicine Occupational Medicine (ABPM-OM) Examination. Results of residents from the Penn program were compared with those obtained by Occupational Physicians Scholarship Fund (OPSF) scholars.

OPSF scholars were chosen for comparison because they are a specially selected nationwide group who are considered to represent the very best group of applicants to Occupational Medicine Residency Programs.

Both groups performed much better than the average of residency-trained physicians taking the ABPM-OM examination.

The performance of Penn Residents and OPSF Residents over the period for which scores were available for analysis (1998 through 2004 examinations) was reasonably similar. On the average OPSF scholars performed marginally better in the Preventive Medicine Core portion of the examination, Penn residents performed better in the Occupational Medicine portion of the examination by a similar margin. When both scores were combined Penn residents scored better than OPSF scholars for 4 of the seven years, OPSF scholars for 3 years. These results were interpreted as attesting to the quality of the Penn program. Further analysis by subject area did not reveal any areas of serious deficiency.

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Program Description

Residency Session Dates 2013– 2014:

July 18-20, 2013 Introductory Session
August 1-3, 2013 The Workplace: Industrial Hyieine, Safety, and Ergonomics
September 26-28, 2013 The Workplace: Industrial Hygiene, Safety, and Ergonomics
October 24-26, 2013 Organizational Management
November 21-23, 2013 Organizational Management
December 12-14, 2013 Environmental Health: Risk Hazard Communication and Control
January 16-18, 2014 Environmental Health: Risk Hazard Communication and Control
February 27-March 1, 2014 Population-Based Occupational Medicine
March 20-22, 2014 Population-Based Occupational Medicine
April 10-12, 2014 The Worker: Disability and Work Fitness
May 15-17, 2014 The Worker: Disability and Work Fitness
June 19-21, 2014 Closing Session

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CORE FACULTY LIST

Residency Director

Judith McKenzie, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Occupational Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Department of Occupational Medicine
One Convention Avenue, 4 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA  19104
Judith.McKenzie@uphs.upenn.edu
215-662-4439
215-662-4430 Fax

Associate Director

Edward A. Emmett, M.D., M.S.
Professor & Director of Academic Programs Occupational Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine, GR Ravdin
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
emmetted@mail.med.upenn.edu
215-349-5708
215-662-4430 Fax

Subject-area Rotation Supervisors

The Workplace, Hazard Identification, Evaluation & Control

Jeffrey Erinoff, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director
SouthEastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
jerinoff@septa.org

Environmental Health, Risk Assessment & Risk Communication

Philip G. Lewis, M.D., M.P.H.
Yardley, Pennsylvania
philglewistway@gmail.com

Organizational and Health Care Management

Edward A. Emmett, M.D., M.S.

Population Based Occupational Medicine

Lloyd Tepper, M.D., Sc.D
Retired Corporate Medical Director
Air Products Corporation

Frances S. Shofer, Ph.D
Professor and Research Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
shofer@mail.med.upenn.edu

Judith McKenzie, M.D., M.P.H

The Worker, Disability & Work Fitness

Robert Bonner, M.D., M.P.H. 
Medical Director and Vice President, Claim Medical
The Hartford Group
690 Asylum Ave. T5-96
Hartford, CT  06115

Natalie Hartenbaum, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Officer
OccuMedix
P.O. Box 197
Dresher, PA 19025

Faculty, Occupational Medicine Clinic, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Amy Behrman, M.D. 
Associate Professor
Medical Director of Occ. Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Department of Occ. Medicine, GR Silverstein
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104

Site Supervising Faculty

Site Supervising faculty are appointed for each of the clinical training sites used by the Program.

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Links

American Board of Preventive Medicine

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones for Preventive Medicine

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Program Requirements Effective 7/1/2014

Graduate Medical Education Office for the University of Pennsylvania Medical School

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Journal Article OM Residency Training Program University of Pennsylvania

Occupational Physicians Scholarship Fund (OPSF)

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)

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