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occupational medicine

Discussion in 'Medical Toxicology (MD, DO, PharmD)' started by stoppednmiddle, 11.27.08.

  1. stoppednmiddle

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    what are the prospects of occupational medicine.
    How is it different from preventive medicne residency.
    where do i get more information
  2. dragonfly99

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    I would google it. I'm sure there's an "American Society of Occupational Medicine" or something.

    Similarities include that both specialties have little or no call once you are in practice/out of residency.

    Occupational medicine you can work for a large corporation, etc. as a doctor on their staff. Also you could probably work for some larger physician practices that do worker's compensation claims, etc.

    Preventive medicine is more like public health - generally concerned not w/individual patients but with groups of patients/people. It's more like health promotion and disease prevention.

    Neither one has a high income vs. some other specialties, but I think the lifestyle is pretty good. Would think you could work for a gov't agency with preventive medicine residency as well.

    I have seen a few help wanted ads for these, but there doesn't seem to be the demand that there is for primary care docs or hospitalists.

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