Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Residency

Program Details

Established in 1997, the UPENN Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency program meets a critical need by providing mid-career physicians formal, ACGME accredited, NIOSH and HRSA supported residency training. There have been 112 graduates to date.

The goal of this 2-year,  competency based, OEM Residency Program is to prepare residents for the comprehensive practice of occupational medicine in a variety of settings including academia, hospital based clinics, free-standing occupational medicine practice, private practice, corporate settings, public health programs, governmental agencies and legal or regulatory authorities. It is designed to provide structured, supervised training and experiences to ensure that residents achieve competency in all areas required for the American Board of Preventive Medicine Examination in Occupational Medicine (ABPM-OM) and for the specialist practice of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The program also addresses the competencies specified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for Residency Training in Preventive Medicine - Occupational Medicine and the core competencies identified by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Additionally, there is emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in leadership and organizational management.

The program consists of two interrelated components, a didactic component and an applied component to train experienced physicians making a mid-career change to full-time practice in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) as well as physicians new to the field of OEM and as such there are two tracks: Internal and  External. During the first year there are 5 two-month long subject area rotations (SAR) within the program addressing specific competencies. There are 5 one-month long SARs during the second year. These SARs run concurrently with the clinical training. The clinical training competency objectives are arranged into six sets of core competencies, as required by the ACGME and are achieved through supervised clinical training at an approved site and didactic sessions. The CTRs are directed by Site Supervisors who are diplomats of the ABPM, as are SAR faculty. Successful completion of the program requires active demonstration of competency in both the didactic and applied components through completion of required reports and projects, and practical demonstration of required skills, approved site and didactic sessions. The CTRs are directed by Site Supervisors who are diplomats of the ABPM, as are SAR faculty. Successful completion of the program requires active demonstration of competency in both the didactic and applied components through completion of required reports and projects, and practical demonstration of required skills

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

Internal Track

The Internal track provides residents the opportunity to complete full-time internal track rotations at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and affiliated organizations. Most of the clinical work is carried out at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Besides clinical rotations, other available rotations include: Industrial Hygiene, SOS, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Wharton, NIOSH, OSHA, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, SEPTA and other Industrial Rotations, and Research.

External Track

Candidates for the external track will generally be employed full-time in an occupational medicine practice in a clinical, military or governmental setting who have continuing access to one or more senior physicians who can act as a site supervisor for the purpose of training, UPENN Occupational Residency program faculty will conduct 3-4 site visits to the resident’s clinical training site (CTS) during the course of each year to ensure educational quality. Prior to admission, applicant will need to establish and document that there are sufficient resources and variety of work to ensure the quality and comprehensiveness of the learning experience at their clinical training site.

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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PENN Occupational Medicine Residency at AOHC 2016


Program and Associate Directors join by Faculty, Classes 2014-2016,
2015-2017 and at AOHC. 2016 AOHC UPENN OEM
Left: Pouné Saberi MD MPH, Richard Newcomb MD MPH, Lacreasia Wheat-Hitchings MD MPH, Xianling Liu MD PhD MsPH, Greg Vanichkachorn MD MPH Right: Michael Deveau MD, Edward Emmett MD MS, Ronda McCarthy MD MPH, Warren Sayre MD MPH, Judith McKenzie MD MPH.

All resident submitted abstracts were accepted at AOHC 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Medhat Kalliny, the 2016 Resident Research Awardee.

Resident Poster Presentations

Medhat Kalliny MD PhD
Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome Among Professional Drivers (ORAL PRESENTATION)
Xianling Liu MD PhD MsPH
Utility of 18F-2-fluoro-2-D-deoxyglucose-positron emission tomogra-phy/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) in differentially assessing metabolic activity in organs of chronic smokers vs. non smokers
Richard Newcomb MD MPH
Assessing Current Practices In Hazardous Drug Surveillance Programs
Warren Sayre MD MPH Development of Chronic Pulmonary Disease After Acute Lithium Hydride Exposure
Greg Vanichkachorn MD MPH Biomarkers of Libby Vermiculite Exposure
Lacreasia Wheat-Hitchings MD MPH Educational Model to Increase Resident Scholarly Activity
Crystal Jones MD MPH Assessment of Medical Trainee Exposure to Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Medical School Curriculum
Chinyere Omeogu MD MPH

Barriers to Respiratory Fit Testing and Strategies for Improving Compliance

Efficacy of a Mobile Behavioral Intervention for Workers with Insomnia

 

PENN Occupational Medicine Residency at AOHC 2015

Program and Associate Directors join by Classes 2013-2015 and 2014-2016 at AOHC. Program and Associate Director joined by 2013-2015 and 2014-2016 class Left-Right: Kenji Saito MD JD, Uma Savanoor MD MPH, Judith McKenize MD MPH, Maria Doria MD MS, Michele Kowalski-McGraw MD MPH, Xianling Liu MD PhD MSPH, Greg Vanichkachorn MD MPH, Lacreasia Wheat-Hitchings MD MPH Back: David Vearrier MD MPH, Edward Emmett MD MS, Richard Newcomb MD MPH

Congratulations to our Program Director, Judith Green-McKenzie, who was awarded the 2015 Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education or Researcher from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) in May at the group’s 2015 conference in Baltimore, Md. Read more here

All resident submitted abstracts were accepted at AOHC 2015.

Congratulations to Dr. David Vearrier, the 2015 Resident Research Awardee. Dr. Vearrier received the 2014 Resident Research Award one during his OM-1 year). Dr. Vearrier was also the recipient of the Inaugural 2015 AOHC Occupational Physician Scholarship Fund Award.

Resident Poster Presentations

Marcia Isakari MD MPH
Lean Methodology to Streamline California Workers’ Compensation Documentation in a Clinical Setting
Maria Doria MD MS
Free Online Nutrition Program and Activity Tracker Will Help Employees Maintain Healthy Habits
Michele Kowalski MD MPH
Conceptual Models to Evaluate Opioid and Benzodiazepine Medication Use in the Workplace
Kenji Saito MD JD Perception of Privacy with Electronic Medical Records
Uma Savanoor MD MPH Occupational Medicine: How and Why Practitioners Entered the Field
David Vearrier MD MPH Proposed Methodology for Modification of Inhalational Exposure Limits at High Altitude

 

 

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Residency Session Dates 2015-2016:

July 16-18, 2015 Introductory Session
August 6-8, 2015 The Workplace: Industrial Hygiene, Safety, and Ergonomics
September 17-19, 2015 The Workplace: Industrial Hygiene, Safety, and Ergonomics
October 22-24, 2015 Worker: Disability & Work Fitness
November 19-21, 2015 Worker: Disability & Work Fitness
December 10-12, 2015 Environmental Health: Risk Hazard Communication and Control
January 14-16, 2016 Environmental Health: Risk Hazard Communication and Control
February 18-20, 2016 Population-Based Occupational Medicine
March 10-12, 2016 Population-Based Occupational Medicine
April 28-30, 2016 Organizational Management
May 19-21, 2016 Organizational Management
June 16-18, 2016 End of First Year Session

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CORE FACULTY LIST

 

Residency Program Director

Judith Green McKenzie, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor
Division Chief
Occupational Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Department of Occupational Medicine
One Convention Avenue, 4 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA  19104
215-662-4439
215-662-4430 Fax

Associate Program Directors

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
215-349-5708
215-662-4430 Fax

Sajjad A. Savul, MD, MS, FACOEM

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Department of Occupational Medicine

Subject-area Rotation Supervisors

The Workplace: Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Ergonomics

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

Environmental Health: Risk Hazard Communication and Control

Philip G. Lewis, M.D., M.P.H.
Yardley, Pennsylvania

Hung Cheung, MD, MPH, FACOEM
President, Cogency Medical
Baltimore, Maryland

Harry L. Duran MD., MPH., PhD.
Golden Health Family Medical Center
Elko, NV

Organizational and Health Care Management

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

Population-Based Occupational Medicine

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

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

The Worker: Disability and Work Fitness

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

Industrial Hygiene II: Environmental Health and Clinical Exposure Assessment

Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH
Section Chief, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Kevin Heym CIH
Industrial Hygienist, Safety Management
University of Pennsylvania

Judith G. McKenzie, MD, MPH,

Lloyd B. Tepper, MD, ScD,

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

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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