Occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) is a board-certified specialty under the American Board of Preventive Medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of work-related injuries and illnesses. OEM clinicians explore the impact of work on health and health on work. The field of OEM is critical in identifying and mitigating workplace hazards and reducing the societal burden of illness and injury.
As the nation’s workplaces become more complex, occupational and environmental health specialists play an increasingly visible role in preventing diseases and promoting wellness among workers by evaluating the interaction between work and health. OEM physicians are part of a business organization and understand both management's and labor's concerns and opportunities, in addition to administering the medical program and supervising medical personnel.