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University of Illinois Chicago Residency in Occupational Medicine

Welcome to the UIC Occupational Medicine Residency.  Like other Preventive Medicine residencies, ours is one that will take you outside the hospital into the real world to apply your clinical and public health skills. Our residents provide health care and preventive services to a unique population: workers in their workplaces. They also learn how to perform investigations of workplace exposures, to conduct research on the epidemiology of workplace injuries, and they are prepared to provide expert opinion on occupational and environmental public health policy.


During the first year of the program residents enroll as full-time students at the UIC School of Public Health in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. They attend 2 clinics per week and complete 5 rotations when school is not in session. The second year of the program consists of 12 block rotations including 2 protected months for work on a mentored research project. Rotations include out-patient experiences such as on-site industrial employee health clinics and ambulatory occupational health clinics as well as electives at UIC specialty clinics. In addition, residents have the opportunity to complete rotations at NIOSH in Cincinnati, OSHA in Washington, DC, and at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Region 5 office here in Chicago.

Throughout the two years residents attend a dynamic weekly conference. The monthly Journal Club, Grand Rounds, Industrial Process talks, resident case presentations and research project presentations give residents the opportunity to stay abreast of the current literature and topics in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Careers in Occupational Medicine

Recent graduates of UIC’s Occupational Medicine residency can be found in the following positions:

  • American Airlines, Regional Medical Director
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Medical Officer
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Regional Emergency Coordinator
  • Lutheran General Hospital, Employee Health Medical Director
  • International Truck and Engine Corporation, Medical Director of Health, Safety, Security and Productivity
  • Advocate Health Care, Medical Director, Occupational Health Program
  • US Navy, Medical Officer
  • UIC Health in the Arts Program, Director
  • Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., Medical Director
  • Region 5-EPA, Medical Advisor
  • UIC Travel & Immunizations Service, Medical Director

Candidate Requirements

The UIC Occupational Medicine residency begins in the PG-2 year. Candidates must have completed at least one year of an internship/residency at an ACGME or AOA -accredited program in any clinical specialty. Please apply via ERAS. Applications are accepted starting September 1. Occupational Medicine residencies do not participate in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information. For questions regarding the application process contact the residency coordinator, Shelly Lanz, at or call her at 312-996-5804.


Dan Bakston, MD, MPH
UIC Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
835 S. Wolcott, MC 684
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Phone 312-355-3554
fax 312-413-8485