A PA would do well in Occupational Medicine if they possess:
Flexibility and openness to learning new things
Being open to the administrative roles as there is a heavy administrative aspect to Occupational Medicine roles. Sometimes 70% of your day can be doing administration from case management, preemployment medical reviews health surveillance etc.
The biggest thing I think that that a PA needs to be when they come and work remotely is be able to, to manage emergencies. A background in Urgent Care, ICU or Emergency medicine is helpful. In Occupational Health, if someone comes in with cardiac arrest or chest pain, you’re the person dealing with it. You can have the physician on the line helping you, but sometimes there’s no time for that. I thinking having the ability and to manage emergencies is probably the big one of the biggest things for us.
Certification requirements will differ between different companies.
For 24/7 OEMS we require you have an ACLS and ATLS.
PAs also do Audiometric and Spirometry testing with online course through Grant MacEwan and other educational institutions.
The ability to do on site drug and alcohol testing site is also a requirement. I wouldn’t advise anyone to obtain the drug and alcohol testing competency until you actually confirm where you would be working because it’s such a variety between sites.