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Applying to the OSHA Occupational Medicine Elective

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be seeking physicians to participate in its Occupational Medicine Elective during the period of July 6, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Applications for the elective will be accepted from November 30, 2017 to April 16, 2018. If all of the elective blocks have not been filled at the end of the recruitment period, they will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligibility

Current residents training in occupational, preventive, or aerospace medicine are eligible to apply. Residents must:

  1. Be a US Citizen with a valid US passport to be eligible for an OSHA stipend for travel and lodging; non-US Citizens can apply to be a resident physician in a non-OSHA paid status. Current federal and state employees are also not eligible for an OSHA stipend for travel and lodging, but can also apply to be a resident physician in a non-OSHA paid status;
  2. Possess a valid state or trainee medical license – if required by institution and/or state regulations;
  3. Submit a letter of good standing from their Residency Program Director that documents current residency status, US citizenship and passport status, with a copy of their valid state or trainee medical license;
  4. Submit a Curriculum Vitae at the time of application;
  5. Submit by electronic mail a brief (1-2 paragraphs) statement of interest describing why they would like to pursue the elective and any special occupational medicine interests at the time of application;
  6. Be available for an 8-week rotation within a two month block;
  7. Notify the Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing in advance for any absences for resident training at home institution or other sites; medical conferences, or planned annual leave.

Schedule

Residents will rotate in two month blocks of instruction, scheduled as follows:

JUL/AUG
SEPT/OCT
NOV/DEC
JAN/FEB
MAR/APR
MAY/JUN

The November-December training block is only open to residents who are not eligible for OSHA funding for travel and lodging (e.g. Active Duty Military, Federal or State employees, non-US citizens, or residents training in one of the Baltimore-Washington area residency programs).

Application materials

Interested residents should submit a current curriculum vitae, a brief (1-2 paragraphs) statement of interest describing why they would like to pursue the elective and any special occupational medicine interests and a letter of good standing from their residency program director by e-mail, fax, or US Postal Service Mail to:

  • Richard J. Thomas, MD
  • U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA)
  • Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing
  • 200 Constitution Ave. NW Mailstop N3653
  • Washington, DC 20210

Also, please indicate which block of instruction is your first, second and third preference.

Application materials are preferred to arrive by fax: 202-693-1647 (this fax is located in a secure locked room).

Notification of acceptance

Residents selected for the OSHA Occupational Medicine Elective and their Residency Program Directors will be notified by electronic mail or in writing no later than May 15.

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