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  • What is OEM?

  • Board Certification

    ACOEM encourages physicians who practice or might in the future practice occupational and environmental medicine to consider Board Certification in the specialty.

    Board Certification in OEM satisfies many of the requirements to achieve the status of FELLOW in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Click for information on becoming a FELLOW of ACOEM.

    For a brief discussion of Board Certification in OEM:


    Members of the American Board of Preventive Medicine discuss specific situations regarding the rules for acceptance as a candidate to sit for the initial certification examination, as well as the four parts required for recertification under Maintenance of Certification: (1) Professionalism; (2) Lifelong Learning; (3) Cognitive Examination; and (4) Practice Performance. Extensive Q & A with AOHC attendees has been a hallmark of this presentation. Additional information is available at the ABPM web site:

    The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certifies physicians in three specialties:

    • Occupational Medicine
    • Aerospace Medicine
    • General and Preventive Medicine

    Board certification status is the culmination of a physician's training and says to the public and to your colleagues that you have achieved the "gold standard" of accomplishment in your chosen specialty. Being "Board Certified" in today's world of the practice of medicine is seen by credentialing organizations, hospitals, medical groups, insurers and the public as a surrogate for measuring competence in your field.

    Occupational Medicine

    Occupational medicine focuses on the health of workers, including the ability to perform work; the physical, chemical, biological, and social environments of the workplace; and the health outcomes of environmental exposures. Practitioners in this field address the promotion of health in the work place, and the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability.

    ABPM Certification Requirements:

    For a complete discussion of the ABPM and the application process, go to

    American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)
    111 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1340
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Telephone: (312) 939-ABPM [2276]
    Fax: (312) 939-2218
    General Email:  

    Graduates of a College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association may apply to the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine for Board Certification in OEM. Full information may be found at

    The American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine (AOBPM)
    142 East Ontario Street
    Floor 4
    Chicago, Illinois 60611
    Telephone: (800) 621-1773, ex. 8229
    Fax: (312) 202-8224
    General Email: