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May 16, 1990

Occupational Medicine

JAMA. 1990;263(19):2665-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440190121064

The field of occupational medicine has received much attention at the national level in recent months as a committee of the National Academy of Sciences has evaluated the status of the field and its relationship to primary care. There has also been much introspection among occupational health specialists as they assess the role of their specialty in primary care. What is becoming clear is that while there is a continuing need for certified specialists in occupational medicine, primary care providers such as internists, family practitioners, and general practitioners are the usual source of occupational health care for most workers. This implies that these fields, particularly general internal medicine and family practice, will require more training in occupational medicine during residency. In recognition of this reality, this year the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has awarded some initial grants to further integrate occupational medicine training into the curricula of