Occupational Medicine Residency - The Mount Sinai Hospital

Our Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a two-year combined academic/practicum experience accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The clinical component is based at The Mount Sinai Hospital Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health.

Our goal is to provide you, the clinically trained physician, with a comprehensive clinical, cross-disciplinary, and research experience, and prepare you to address complex problems in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

We prepare you for leadership roles in academia, industry, public health, research and other relevant domains influencing individual and population workplace health and safety, and help you qualify for board certification in occupational medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

The Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health have long been recognized for their pioneering leadership and expertise in the field of occupational medicine in such areas as asbestos and lead toxicity, and more recently in understanding and treating the complex health effects of the World Trade Center disaster. We offer an extensive clinical, research, and administrative training curriculum that has placed our graduates in positions of responsibility and achievement in occupational medicine, and continues to train leaders in the field.   

We have designed our residency program to include concurrent academic and practicum phases throughout both years of training. As a resident, you work with departmental faculty, clinic staff, social workers, industrial hygienists, and ergonomists to better appreciate the full scope of this field’s work environment. As one of the component programs in the NIOSH-funded NY/NJ Education and Research Center (ERC), this training provides you substantial opportunity to interact with other trainees and specialists in occupational health and safety. We also offer field placements with major industries and government organizations in the New York region.

Once you have completed the program successfully, you are also awarded a Master in Public Health degree through the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Educational Goals

As a resident, you participate in a well-developed didactic curriculum with emphasis on performance and practice of clinical occupational medicine, hazard identification and mitigation, health care administration, and research. Training is directed toward completion of the required competencies in occupational medicine and general preventive medicine as outlined by the ACGME.

Within these general goals, we expect you to gain specific skills and expertise:

  • Apply core knowledge in public health and preventive medicine, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health care organization and administration, environmental health, and behavioral sciences, to the identification and solution of health problems in occupational medicine
  • Enhance your clinical expertise in the care of individuals with occupational or environmental exposures and in the assessment of suitability for workplace employment
  • Conduct independent, meaningful research in the field of occupational medicine
  • Acquire and apply detailed knowledge and skills in toxicology, environmental monitoring, and safety evaluation as they apply to individuals and groups in the workplace
  • Learn about administration and policy-making in occupational medicine with respect to governmental regulation, law, and workers’ compensation
  • Cultivate your skills as an effective educator in professional and non-professional contexts and with individual patients and worker groups
  • Understand the roles and areas of expertise of other occupational health professionals and related parties in the “world of work” and to work collaboratively with these professionals

Learn more about our curriculum

Research possibilities abound at the Icahn School of Medicine and the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, one of the most active and highly funded medical research centers in the country. We offer competitive funding opportunities for resident research projects and close mentoring by departmental faculty through the NY/NJ Education and Research Center.

As a resident, you are paid at a salary competitive to the discipline.

You will also receive Mount Sinai’s comprehensive and competitive compensation package.

  • Health Insurance
  • Prescription drugs
  • Dental
  • Optical
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Dependent care reimbursement account
  • Discounted automobile insurance

In addition to these plans, you are entitled to 20 paid vacation and 12 sick days, as well as the option of investing a portion of your gross salary on a tax-deferred basis.

Meet the accomplished faculty of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency.

John D. Meyer, MD, MPH
Residency Director

Candace Tannis, MD, MPH
Associate Residency Director

Michael Crane, MD, MPH
Director, Mount Sinai Occupational Clinics

Rafael de la Hoz, MD, MPH, MSc

Claudine Holt, MD, MPH

Sharon Sang Eun Lee, MD, MPH


Find out what our requirements are, whether you are eligible to apply, and how to do so.

Program Requirements

  • Certification of satisfactory completion of at least one year of training in a clinical residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (We look favorably on additional training or board-eligibility in another specialty, but this is not required.)
  • United States citizenship or Permanent Resident (“Green Card”) status
  • Eligibility for a New York State license, and completion of the United States Medical Licensing Examination step 1, step 2 and step 3 at the time of application
  • Completion by prior program director or chief of service of summative evaluation indicating PG-1 ACGME competency completion

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To be considered for our program, please apply by submitting all of the following materials through ERAS:

  1. Two recent letters of recommendation from faculty or mentors who have known you in your professional capacity
  2. Assessment Letter(s) from your clinical residency program director(s) including the exact dates of your residency training
  3. ACGME Core Competencies Form (summative evaluation) completed by your PGY-1 clinical year residency program director
  4. A one or two page statement of your long-term career goals in occupational medicine and your specific learning plan for the coming two years (Please be clear about what areas of occupational medicine you are most interested in concentrating on during residency.)
  5. If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, a copy of your Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate (Indicate how many times you took the examination before passing, as required by New York State law.)
  6. Your final medical school transcript with your school seal, which includes information on required clinical clerkships and graduation date
  7. Original Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) with a cover letter dated within the last six months
  8. An up-to-date curriculum vitae as formatted through the ERAS application site

While we give preference to applicants who have completed full residency training in a clinical field, you are welcome to apply with less experience, and will be carefully considered if you can demonstrate a strong clinical background and experience. We do not, however, offer a Post Graduate Year 1 and have no arrangements with other internships. If you have not completed one year of post-graduate medical training, we are unable to consider your application.

Our Admissions Committee reviews completed applications. We invite selected applicants for interviews, scheduled for mutually convenient dates. We conduct most interviews in the fall and make decision announcements in mid-December, consistent with other residency programs in occupational medicine.. For information on the status of your application, please call our Program Coordinator at 212-824-7011. As an accepted applicant, you are assisted with enrollment in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Master of Public Health program.