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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Nov;54(11):1324-9. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31826bb509.

Career paths in occupational medicine.

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  • 1Community, Environment, and Policy Division, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA. pharber@email.arizona.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe career path patterns for occupational medicine (OM) physicians.

METHODS:

A convenience sample of 129 occupational physicians described work activities and locations at several career points up to 20 years ago, first OM position, and 10 years after expectations.

RESULTS:

Clinical activities were important throughout (eg, 41% and 46% of occupational physicians reported frequently treating patients 20 years ago and currently). Practice locations changed more markedly, with increased multisite clinics and hospital/medical center-based practices. Performing mainly clinical activities in a first job increased from 82% to 97% over the past 20 years. Career transitions between clinical and nonclinical roles were common (40% of participants). Many anticipate transition to nonclinical work over 10 years.

CONCLUSIONS:

Activities have not fundamentally changed, but practice locations have evolved. Both clinical and management activities remain important, and path to managerial positions increasingly begins in clinical practice.

PMID:
23047658
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