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The OEM fundamentals course will provide instruction on basic (routine) occupational medicine and how it is practiced in the US Navy. The course is intended for physicians that do not have formal Occupational medicine training (i.e. Occupational medicine residency or experience) who will be practicing in an occupational medicine clinic or have significant occupational medicine-related workload. This course is also open to Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners functioning as described above. The course will cover history of occupational medicine, workplace hazards, risk communication, Navy Occupational Health programs, worksite visits, available resources, and will include clinical case break-out sessions. This is not a board review course.

Please click here to read the article about our Inaugural OEM Fundamentals Course!

General Information

Course dates:
10SEP-14SEP 2018

Students will be FULLY funded by NMCPHC (Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center).

Location (River’s Edge Conference Room, Bldg 256, on the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA campus):
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From the Main Gate at NMCP on Effingham Street Once through Main gate take a left at all-way stop. Then take another left at 3-way stop onto Williamson Drive Follow road as it curves around the campus and changes name to Gendreau Road. Take a right onto May Street. The River’s Edge Center (white exterior building) will be on your left. Limited parking is available in front of the building (do not park in NEX Customer or Aquatic center labeled parking spaces) and a large lot is located on the opposite side of May street.

Class hours:
Monday-Thursday: 0800-1630
Friday: 0800-1200

Uniform of the day for military is NWU or service khaki (no flight suits). For civilians, business casual attire is appropriate. Students must bring steel-toed footwear for an industrial site visit during the course.

Food is available at the River’s Edge restaurant located in the same building as the conference room and a mini-mart exchange adjacent to the River’s Edge building. There is also a Galley in Bldg 2, 1st deck, a food court in Bldg. 3, 2nd deck with a Subway, Panda Express, White lotus sushi, Pie-o-neer Pizza, Auntie Anne’s, and Dancing Goat Cafe. There is a mini-exchange with grab-n-go food and snack options next to the food court as well.


The nearest military Lodging is available at the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Portsmouth, VA). You call and book directly (1-877-NAVY-BED). The nearest commercial lodging is also available at the Renaissance Portsmouth (757-673-3000) at 425 Water St. Portsmouth VA 23704. The Portsmouth area is part of the Integrated Lodging Program. The hotel must be booked in DTS under Preferred Commercial Lodging tab in order to get the government rate of $83.70.

Travel Information and Alternate Routes

The closest airport is Norfolk International Airport (ORF).

Rental cars are authorized (paid for by NMCPHC on your orders.)

Please be aware that Hampton Roads has tolls all over the area and we encourage you not to take these routes. If you do receive a bill in the mail at later date, you can submit an amendment to your travel voucher.

Although it may take longer, alternate routes are available and they include: Route 13 Military Highway Gilmerton Bridge and the Interstate 64 (I-64) High Rise Bridge. In addition, riders on public transportation will not be charged toll fees. For more information on public transit options, visit

Quota Request / Student Registration Request

To reserve a seat in the 10-14 September 2018 course, please complete the student request located here (Internet explorer recommended). Seats will be prioritized and confirmed based on meeting criteria listed above.

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Contact information for OEM Fundamentals Course