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 or a refresher course.

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General Information

Upcoming 2020 Course Dates:
20 APR- 24 APR - Registration not yet opened!

17 AUG-21 AUG - Registration not yet opened!

Funding to be determined.

Location: River’s Edge Community Center/NEX, Bldg 256 (Class is held in the Conference Room) at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA.
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Enter NMCP through the Main Gate at NMCP (preferably in left-most lane—marked in morning with orange traffic cones). Once through Main gate take an immediate left at 4-way stop. Then take next left at 3-way stop onto Williamson Drive. Follow Williamson Drive as it curves around the campus; name will change to Gendreau Road. Take a right onto Sterling Cook Road, then take the first right into parking lot. The River’s Edge Community Center (building has white façade with “RIVER’S EDGE” sign and is a single story) will be on your left as you turn onto Sterling Cook Road. Limited parking is available in front of the building, but do not park in parking spaces labeled for either “NEX Customer” or “Aquatic Center.” A large lot is located on the opposite side of the street for additional parking. The conference room is not in the main hospital buildings- if you find yourself in a multi-level building, you are in the wrong place.

Class hours:
Monday-Wednesday: 0800-1630
Thursday: 0700-1630
Friday: 0800-1200

Uniform of the day for military is NWU, service khaki, or 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 Bistro 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 $84.60.

Travel Information and Alternate Routes

The closest airport is Norfolk International Airport (ORF).

Please be aware that Hampton Roads has tolls all over the area. Although it may take longer, alternate non-toll routes are available and they include: Route 13 Military Highway Gilmerton Bridge and the Interstate 64 (I-64) High Rise Bridge.

Quota Request / Student Registration Request

Registration not open at this time.

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Contact information for OEM Fundamentals Course
email: usn.hampton-roads.navmcpubhlthcenpors.list.nmcphc-oemcourse@mail.mil