My first exposure to OEM was as a Navy general medical officer post-internship. This lead to my completing a residency in occupational medicine and a subsequent career primarily in academia. I’ve learned that one of the arts of occupational medicine is doing what is best for a patient while at the same time doing what is best for the employer, which I don’t think is an inherent concept for other healthcare specialties. Applying this daily and fulfilling a personal goal of service to workers, patients, employers, families, communities, and the public make for a satisfying career.
Volunteering with ACOEM brings great rewards. One gets to achieve important end-products while being with others who understand and appreciate what you do!