Occupational Medicine: Welcome Message
Welcome to the Division of Occupational Medicine at the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Occupational medicine is defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a medical discipline that emphasizes prevention and deals clinically and administratively with the health needs of both individuals and groups with respect to their working environments and includes the recognition, evaluation, control, management and rehabilitation of occupationally related diseases and injuries.
We currently have nine faculty members who work in a variety of settings including academic, specialized clinics, government and industry. We collaborate with other subspecialties, particularly dermatology, respirology, clinical immunology and allergy, clinical pharmacology and toxicology and physical medicine and rehabilitation in our clinical teaching and research activities. Our core clinical site is at St. Michael’s Hospital. We also have strong links to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health through its Division of Occupational and Environmental Health (MPH programs and Master's of Science in Community Health – Occupational Healthcare stream.)
Our mission is to meet the needs of individuals and populations with respect to their work and health and to meet the future challenges of a changing world of work by training leaders in the field and conducting research and knowledge dissemination.
The division is active in teaching research and service. The Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program is one of three accredited programs in Canada. It is a two-year subspecialty program with entry through either general internal medicine or public health and prevention medicine. The program combines clinical rotations with rotations in government and industry and didactic training. The division is active in research, particularly through the Centre of Research Expertise in Occupational Disease.