Teaching Occupational Medicine

Teaching Occupational Medicine

Despite its relevance to medical practice, occupational medicine has been poorly represented in undergraduate training. This article describes a model for the teaching of occupational medicine to student doctors.

Methods

The model comprises two didactic lectures, a student‐selected component (SSC) of five interactive two‐hour sessions and one occupational medicine objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) station in the final MB ChB clinical exam. Interested final‐year students are invited to join the SSC. In session 1, students discuss the scope of occupational medicine practice, which includes a job title–occupational illness quiz, the use of environmental measurements and audiovisual recordings of selected workplaces.

Teaching Occupational Medicine

Sessions 2–4 involve visits to workplaces such as a laundry, a foundry and a bakery, during which students are asked to record relevant hazards to health, their controls, health effects and how occupational causality might be determined. The final session allows students to present their findings and gain feedback from the occupational physicians and their peers.