THE NATIONAL VOICE OF SPECIALTY OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE IN CANADA


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THE OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALIST: AN OVERVIEW

Occupational medicine is a specialty recognized by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Occupational medicine specialists have completed five years of post-MD specialty training and passed qualifying examinations. Training includes an extensive multi-year clinical component emphasizing internal medicine and other medical and surgical specialties relevant to occupational medicine. The didactic component provides exposure to the basic science foundation of occupational medicine through courses in toxicology, epidemiology, and occupational hygiene, among others. The senior division of the training program includes placements in industry, government, and compensation boards.

The following describes seven roles for occupational medicine specialists:

Medical Expert

  • diagnose, manage and prevent work-related medical problems
  • carry out complex case management of occupational illness
  • promote optimal health and safety in the workplace
  • facilitate accommodation in the workplace in a safe and timely fashion to encourage return to work, rehabilitation, and prevention of disability

Communicator

  • elicit and synthesize relevant worker and workplace information
  • describe relevant information to workers and employers regarding treatment, return to work and risk prevention
  • liaise with allied health disciplines involved in the worker’s care

Collaborator

  • work effectively with business, workers, organized labour, and government agencies to provide a healthy, safe workforce, and a work environment which fosters employee well-being

Manager

  • participate in activities that contribute to the appropriate allocation of resources to manage workplace illness and injuries, especially with respect to early and safe return to work

Health Advocate

  • advocate strategies and standards to remove or minimize workplace hazards and exposures
  • identify causal workplace factors necessary in determining a worker’s benefit entitlement

Scholar

  • carry out and facilitate research leading to evidence-based decision-making and policy formulation
  • understand the multifactorial determinants of health in the context of the workplace
  • critically evaluate all available information and make scientifically-based practice decisions
  • enhance professional skills through continuous learning

Professional

  • practice in an evidence-based, ethical manner with the goals of enhancing worker well-being in an occupational context, and serving society and the profession of medicine.

CONTACT US

Occupational Medicine Specialists of Canada

E-mail: omsoc@secretariatcentral.com

Telephone: 905-415-3917 ext 224 & 233

Toll Free: 1-855-415-3917
Fax: 905-415-0071

Address: 20 Crown Steel Dr. Unit #6,

Markham ON, L3R 9X9


ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

OMSOC is Canada’s only medical society devoted to the specialty practice of occupational medicine. OMSOC brings together occupational medicine specialists and physicians from other specialties with an interest in occupational medicine to advise on health policy, encourage discussion and collaboration amongst stakeholders with whom OMSOC’s members interact, including physicians, employers, labour groups, and other allied health professionals, and to advance the specialty practice of occupational medicine through conferences and the training of future occupational medicine specialists.

The Occupational Medicine Specialists of Canada is the recognized National Specialty Society for Occupational Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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