Why a Tutorial in Occupational Medicine?
In the Occupational Medicine section of PCMI, you were tasked with identifying
potential health and safety hazards related to workplace environments and
suggesting preventive strategies. The format of the course provided you with an
opportunity to visit a range of workplaces. These walk-through evaluations
were followed by debriefing sessions moderated by occupational health
professionals. The focus of PCMI was on population risk and prevention. In
PCMII, you turn your focus upon the evaluation of an individual patient. You
are provided with an opportunity to interview a patient with actual
occupational disease. You are tasked with obtaining a pertinent occupational
and environmental exposure history that indicates disease causality in your
patient. Knowing how to obtain a relevant occupational and environmental
history has broad applicability across a number of medical specialties. Effective integration of these skills into your clinical practice will enable you to provide better care for your patients, address root causes, and help distinguish you as a physician. This web-based tutorial helps you prepare for the patient encounter that you will have during the formal session.
Upon concluding this tutorial, you will be familiar with:
- The scope of work-related disorders
- The components and importance of the occupational history
- You will:
- Learn strategies to obtain a detailed occupational history in different clinical settings
- Recognize that occupational diseases are reportable to public health agencies
This exercise was developed by:
- Franklyn Farrell, MD MPH
- Marc Croteau, MD MPH
- Anne Bracker, MPH CIH
It is designed to last about 30 minutes. Have fun!