The Occupational Medicine Residency Program is the core teaching program of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the School of Medicine at UC Irvine.

Established in 1976, the residency program has graduated more than 80 physicians. They constitute the core of the practicing occupational medicine specialists in Southern California and many are leaders in corporate occupational medicine and public health practice across the region. The residency program’s long-term collaboration with occupational medicine practitioners and other programs throughout the area offers a rich source of training experiences and expertise for our residents.

The Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program benefits from its location in Orange County, a major population center with more than 3 million people, and the greater Southern California area. The program’s regional emphasis gives our residents access to training opportunities in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

The residency is a component of the Southern California Education and Resource Center, which is jointly run by UC Irvine and UCLA, is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and provides support for resident stipends.

The Occupational Medicine Residency program is designed as a two-year training experience consisting of integrated clinical, academic, and practicum training with ongoing core residency training activities.  As part of this program we offer a master’s of science degree in environmental health sciences and require our residents to complete a research thesis as part of the residency program.  The residency provides extensive didactic core lectures, seminars and a journal club in environmental and occupational medicine. In addition, our residents complete rotations at a range of field training sites — including workplace-based programs — to gain hands-on experience managing occupational health issues.

The program does not provide an initial clinical training year. Consequently, entering residents must have completed at least one year in an ACGME-accredited clinical residency program and be licensed to practice medicine in the state of California.

The program also considers candidate physicians who have completed an ACGME-accredited clinical residency and obtained a Master’s of Public Health degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution. These residents may be admitted directly into a 12 month practicum training program.


For further information, contact:

Alya Khan, MD, MS
OM Residency Program Director
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
University of California, Irvine
100 Theory, Suite 100
Irvine CA 92617
Telephone: 949-824-8770



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