ACOEM OEM Core Competencies – 2021
Competency is defined as possession of sufficient physical, intellectual, and behavioral qualifications to perform a task or serve in a role which adequately accomplishes a desired outcome. Recognizing the need for defining competencies essential to occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) physicians, ACOEM developed its first set of OEM Competencies in 1998 and later updated them in 2008 and 2014. The increasing globalization and modernization of the workplace, along with published research on OEM practice, required this update in 2021 to ensure OEM physicians stay current with the field and practice of OEM. Due to the importance of the material contained in these revised OEM Competencies, this peer-reviewed document was made available in March 2021 prior to publication in the July 2021 issue of JOEM.