Occupational Medicine Residency Program
Director: Ray F. Garman, MD, MPH
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.
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.
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).
Faculty and staff associated with the centers are highly involved in research endeavors that complement the educational goals and objectives of the program.
The residency faculty includes full-time faculty in the Colleges of Public Health and Medicine, as well as affiliated faculty at rotation sites. This allows us to capitalize on the great breadth and depth of preventive and occupational medicine expertise in Central KY. The faculty, diverse in background, all with long experience, employs a strong team approach to residency training.
Check list for the application:
Inquiries should be directed to Deana Bellis, Residency Program Coordinator.
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health
College of Public Health
121 Washington Avenue, Suite 220
Lexington, KY 40536-0003