Occupational Medicine Resident Program
Through IAFF convention action in 1986, the occupational medicine residency program was established. The Johns Hopkins University, in conjunction with the IAFF, supports full-time medical residents each for a two-month rotation in the IAFF Department of Occupational Health and Safety.
Throughout the two month rotation, the IAFF provides the occupational physician with a thorough understanding of the breadth and depth of occupational issues for fire fighters, an understanding of the hazards associated with fire fighting, and an appreciation for labor unions in the support of organized workers, especially fire fighters. In addition it is anticipated the resident will leave the IAFF with an understanding of the issues of federal Right-to-Know legislation and the role of unions within the health care system.
Specific projects were identified for residents to complete, and an overall project for the entire program are being finalized and incorporated into the program. The IAFF is attempting to challenge the occupational residents' skills of information management, communication, worker education, and research and data assimilation throughout the course of their rotation. Specific projects and daily activities of the residency program include the following:
Technical Medical Assistance
Development of Educational Materials
Residents are called upon to make educational presentations to fire fighter conferences on topics such as infectious diseases, occupational cancer and cardiovascular disease. The development of slides and outlines of talks would assist residents in their presentations.
The residents also develop educational presentations regarding health and safety issues to be used by IAFF representatives at conferences. The medical resident will develop outlines and lesson plans for presentations, slide presentations and other appropriate audio/visual aids, and create a file with relevant research.
Lobbying Activities for Federal,