Occupational Medicine Program Information

Outline

Residents initially complete 3 years post-graduate (post MD) training in General Internal Medicine, matching to Occupational Medicine at the end of PGY3. Sub-specialty training in Occupational Medicine requires a further 2 years of training.

  • PGY-4 - combines academic courses in clinical occupational medicine, occupational hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with clinical work at the University of Alberta Hospital Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic over a period of 8 months. The remainder of the year is spent in rotating field placements.
  • PGY-5 - field placements in industrial or governmental agencies. Typical field placements are:
    • Agrium Inc.
    • Alberta Workplace Health and Safety
    • Dow Chemical Inc. Canada
    • Health Canada
    • LifeMark Health Institute
    • Millard Health Centre
    • Shell Canada
    • Syncrude Canada Ltd.
    • Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta

Adequate elective time is included allowing residents to pursue a specific interest within the field of occupational medicine. In addition, all residents attend a weekly academic half day.

Objectives

The residents of the program will acquire:

  • A body of knowledge of occupationally and environmentally related diseases and injuries.
  • Knowledge of the sciences basic to occupational medicine, including toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, industrial hygiene and environmental health, accident prevention, ergonomics, and health services management and administration. 

Other Teaching

The program offers electives to medical students and to residents in PGY1-3 of General Internal Medicine Residency Programs.