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  • What is OEM?

  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine:
    Opportunities in the Uniformed Services  

    Scroll down to learn about OEM in the various Uniformed Services OR click on the links below to jump to a directly to an area of the page.   

    joemhdJOEM Special Issue: Health Hazards of Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan

    In June 2012, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) published a special issue devoted to "Health Effects of Deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq." It was the first major compilation of articles about health/exposure issues related to veterans and these countries! JOEM's 16 articles focus on a wide range of hazards and concerns encountered by returning veterans.

    Read the press release here.

    Titles include:  

    • Environmental Exposures, Psychological Factors
    • Concerns for Returning Veterans
    • Exposure to Open-Air Burn Pits: Birth Outcomes and Respiratory Health Status
    • Surveillance for Long-Term Health Effects

    Members of ACOEM may access past issues of JOEM on-line via

     “Occupational Medicine opportunities in the military, as a physician in uniform or as a civilian physician in government service.”

    An ACOEM Audio Presentation:

    Speaker  LISTEN HERE (55 minutes, audio only)  

    Presenters: COL Tim Mallon, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the occupational medicine consultant to the Army Surgeon General, and the occupational medicine residency director for the National Capital Consortium.  

    COL Laura Torres-Reyes, MD, MPH, FACOEM, a graduate of JHU OEM Residency Program and Former Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General in Occupational Medicine, is assigned as Staff Director, Defense Medical Standardization Board, Fort Detrick, MD.   

    CDR Patrick Laraby, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, FACOEM, a graduate of the UC San Francisco residency and past president of the New England College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, works at the Pentagon–Chief of Operations-International Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Force Health Protection and Readiness. He has extensive occupational medicine experience in the US Navy, including time spent at shipyards and overseas.  

    (For more ACOEM presentations on Occupational and Environmental Practice Settings and Career Opportunities other than in the services CLICK HERE.)  

    ACOEM Federal & Military SectionFederal & Military Occupational and Environmental Special Interest Section of ACOEM 

    For detailed information on Federal and Military Section leadership, events and activities please visit the Section’s website by clicking HERE.

    Share information and discuss areas of mutual concern and interest among members who serve in, or are partnered with, the military, public health service, or federal government. All ACOEM members who have an interest in Federal and Military Service are welcome to join, and these members add significantly to the strength of our section. The FMOEM Section will bring to the attention of ACOEM any military issues, which may impact the practice of occupational and environmental medicine, and when appropriate, solicit advice or action from the ACOEM Board of Directors on such issues. The FMOEM Section will serve as an expert resource to ACOEM on topics in FMOEM.

    Highlighted Section ActivitiesTestimonial - Dr. Svazas

    • Conducts own website: Federal and Military Section. It includes the section mission statement, officers, section resources and mentors, and upcoming meetings and educational/career opportunities.
    • Sponsors educational sessions at the annual American Occupational Health Conference.
    • Coordinates on-site worksite visits as part of the American Occupational Health Conference to local military-related organizations. At AOHC 2011 in Washington D.C., the section organized a tour of the main corridors and medical facility at the U.S. Pentagon.

    (For a list and information about all of ACOEM’s Special Interest Sections CLICK HERE.)  

    US NavyU.S. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC)

    We provide leadership and expertise to ensure mission readiness through disease prevention and health promotion in support of the National Military Strategy.

    Testimonial - Dr. GillisVision
    Protection through Prevention

    Quick Links:
    Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Occupational Health Division

    Information on Physician Careers in the Navy and Marine Corps

    US Army Public HealthU.S. Army Public Health Command

    has sectors devoted to health surveillance, environmental health, diseases and conditions, emergency preparedness, workplace safety and health, and more.

    Testimonial - Dr. ButlerMission

    Promote health and prevent disease, injury, and disability of Soldiers and military retirees, their Families, and Department of the Army civilian employees; and assure effective execution of full spectrum veterinary service for Army and Department of Defense Veterinary missions.

    World-class provider of public health services across DA and DoD

    Quick Links:
    Army Public Health Command

    Army Public Health Medical Disciplines

    USAMRIIDU.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)

    is the Department of Defense's (DoD) lead laboratory for medical biological defense research. While its core mission is to protect the warfighter from biological threats, it also investigates disease outbreaks and threats to public health. Research conducted at USAMRIID leads to medical solutions—therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, and information—that benefit both military personnel and civilians. USAMRIID is a subordinate laboratory of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

    • Find the USAMRIID’s 2011 handbook, “Occupational Health Manual for Laboratory Exposures to Select (BSL-3 & BSL-4) and Other Biological Agents,” in ACOEM’s Idea Marketplace™ under the topic of Medical Surveillance/Public Health!

    To protect the Warfighter from biological threats and to be prepared
    to investigate disease outbreaks or threats to public health.

    Right product, right time for the Warfighter.

    Core Competencies

    • Conducting research on biological agents
    • Maintaining safety, security and surety standards
    • Testing and evaluation of medical countermeasures
    • Rapid identification of biological agents
    • Training and educating the force

    Quick Links:
    USAMRIID Website 

    US Air ForceU.S. Air Force Medical Service

    is comprised of nearly 60,000 active duty, reserve, civilian, and contract medical and support professionals who are responsible for the care of more than 2.6 million patients. The Air Force has 63 medical facilities in the continental United States and 12 at overseas locations. More than 1,700 Air Force medical personnel are deployed to 19 countries and have moved more than 85,000 patients out of the Central Command area of operations since October 2001.

    Testimonial - Dr. FrangosMission
    Seamless health service support to the U.S. Air Force and combatant commanders.

    World-class healthcare for our beneficiaries anywhere, anytime


    • Transform deployable medical capabilities for rapid response 
    • Build patient-centered care and focus on prevention to optimize health 
    • Invest in education, training and research to sustain our capabilities

    Quick Links:
    Air Force Medical Service Homepage

    About the Air Force Medical Service   

    AFMS Occupational Medicine Special Career Information

    US Coast GuardU.S. Coast Guard Office of Safety and Environmental Health

    comprises those aspects of human health, including quality of life, that are determined by physical, chemical, and biological factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling and preventing those factors in the environment that can potentially adversely affect the health of present and future generations.

    The Office of Safety and Environmental Health is dedicated to protecting our people, increasing operational readiness and enhancing the mission effectiveness of all Coast Guard units by:  

    1. Identifying the loss exposures that endanger our people, platforms and equipment,
    2. Evaluating the associated loss exposure risks, and
    3. Controlling these risks to minimize loss.

    Quick Links:
    Coast Guard Division of Environmental Health & Industrial Hygiene

    Coast Guard Office of Safety and Environmental Health Homepage


     Uniformed Services University 

    The National Consortium administered Uniformed Services University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program is a two-year graduate medical program that trains both Civilians and Active Duty Medical Corps Officers for a career in OEM.

    Quick Links:
    USUHS OEM Residency Program

    U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned CorpsU.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

    employs over 6,500 public health professionals in various areas of the federal government. The Commissioned Corps is the driving force behind a majority of the Nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs through agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Also offers training programs for Medical Students.

    Quick Links:
    Public Health Commissioned Corps

    Student Opportunities

    Armed Forces Public Health ConferenceArmed Forces Public Health Conference

    Hosted by the US Army Public Health Command and the Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center.

    Held annually and provides a rare opportunity for medical professionals from all of the U.S. Armed Forces to come together to share ideas on this important topic.


    Quick Links:
    AFPH Conference 2012 

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