Academic Occupational Medicine

Special Interest Section
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Academic Occupational Medicine section Leadership
Chair David Cole
Treasurer Muhammad Asif
Who Should Join?

Members who have experience teaching in an academic setting and others who have an interest in the future of the specialty and ensuring new OEM physicians have the right knowledge, skills/competencies, and abilities to practice occupational and environmental medicine competently.


This section acts as a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to occupational medicine education. It addresses these issues through liaisons with ACOEM and other organizations with interests in occupational medicine education. The section promotes education and training of physicians who do or will practice occupational medicine and promotes research in occupational medicine. The section periodically conducts educational and scientific sessions to further its objectives. 

Highlighted Activities  
  • Actively worked to re-write the ACOEM competencies for OEM physicians and workers to re-establish an alternate pathway for practicing primary care physicians with experience in OEM to become board certified in occupational and environmental medicine.
  • Worked closely with the ACOEM Board of Directors and the Residency Directors group to get the alternate pathway position paper and many others adopted by ACOEM.
  •  Hold annual in-person section meeting at AOHC.
  • Residents are continually looking for opportunities to do research or practicum rotations with practicing OEM physicians. The Academic Section will notify residency directors & residents of research or practicum rotation opportunities.