Occupational Medicine

The specialisation in Occupational Medicine lasts four years and is part of the Multiprofessional Occupational Health Teaching Unit. This Unit is comprised of professionals from the team of the Basic Occupational Risk Prevention Unit and includes professionals from Occupational Medicine (nurses specialising in Occupational Health Nursing and medical specialists in Occupational Medicine) along with senior technicians specialising in Work Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics and Applied Psychology.

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Occupational Medicine training itinerary

The specialisation in Occupational Medicine includes:

  • Practical training undertaken at the Occupational Risk Prevention Department, clinical rotations and rotations in Preventive Medicine departments.
  • Theoretical training through the Advanced Course in Occupational Medicine.
  • Part of the training is conducted outside the hospital but is guided by the Basic Occupational Risk Prevention Unit: Primary Care, Medical Inspection and other external prevention services.
  • Acquisition of basic knowledge in radiation protection aligned with the provisions of the European Radiation Protection Guide 116.
  • Undertaking monthly on-call duties.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to train in disciplines you might not yet have had the opportunity to study in depth, such as: Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics and Applied Psychosociology.

Also, during your stay:

  • You will visit the professionals to conduct medical examinations and apply established protocols.
  • You will review and advise vaccinations for professionals based on their exposure risks.
  • You will learn to manage contact tracing following accidental exposure to biological agents.
  • You will assess the protection of particularly vulnerable workers and pregnant staff.
  • You will be involved in the prevention, early detection and diagnosis of occupational diseases and will collaborate in their treatment.

Other aspects you will develop during your stay

  • You will conduct health surveillance and learn to adopt an epidemiological perspective.
  • You will advise on occupational health issues and healthy habits.
  • You will collaborate with healthcare institutions.
  • You will participate in the training of workers on occupational risk prevention.

Why specialise at Vall d’Hebron?

  • Because we are a world-leading healthcare complex where healthcare, research, teaching and innovation come together.
  • Because we offer you specialist training in a tertiary-level Hospital with opportunities to train across the different areas needed to complete your training:
  • A dedicated Occupational Health Department encompassing all risk prevention specialities.
  • External rotations at the Medical Inspection and external prevention services.
  • Access to continuous training.
  • Because you will be integrated as an Occupational Medicine resident in the Occupational Risk Prevention Unit.
  • Because you will learn to ensure the health of your colleagues, as well as promoting healthy habits within the Hospital.
  • Because you will become familiar with the Hospital, a complex environment with various risks: physical strain, data display screens, biological agents, chemical agents, ionising and non-ionising radiation, noise, psychosocial risks...

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