Occupational medicine is the branch of medicine a specialty that focuses mainly on prevention of accidents and diseases related to work. It covers health aspects and needs of workers with respect to their working conditions.
Specialized training in occupational medicine gives skills to identify risk factors present in the workplaces, to evaluate the health risk based on occupational exposure of workers, to proceed to the early detection of occupational related diseases, to evaluate fitness to work according to the task and health status of workers. Occupational medicine specialists are key persons to prevent work related diseases and accidents. They are able to develop adapted preventive programs in workplaces.
Occupational medicine specialists can work in clinical settings (i.e. at an individual level) or for companies, workers compensation boards, or institutions (i.e. at a populational level).
In Canada, 3 universities offer Occupational medicine training. Interested persons can find the Royal College standards for Occupational Medicine here.
There are three accredited Occupational Medicine residency programs in Canada. You can find some information on the application process on the CaRMS website. Interested candidates should get in touch directly with each program to determine the real training capacity per year per program.
You can find more information on each program below:
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Dr. Quentin Durand-Moreau
Division of Preventive Medicine
5-30 University Terrace, University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2G3
University of Toronto, Toronto
Dr. Vince Spilchuk
Department of Occupational Medicine
St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street Shuter Wing, 4th Floor
Toronto ON M5B 1W8
Université de Montréal, Montréal
Dr Louis Patry MD, FRCP, DEA
Professeur agrégé de clinique
Département de médecine
Département de santé environnementale et de santé au travail
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
1000 rue St-Denis
Montréal, H2X 0C1
More specific information about the examination requirements, accreditation process, etc. is available by selecting the “Information by Discipline” link on the RCPSC website, and then selecting Occupational Medicine from the Subspecialty drop-down menu.