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Occupational & Environmental Medicine Training Program

National Security Agency

The National Security Agency performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. government information systems and produce foreign signals intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers of communications and data processing. Located in Fort Meade, Maryland, its workforce is extremely varied and includes analysts, engineers, physicists, mathematicians, linguists, computer scientists, researchers, as well as customer relations specialists, security officers, data flow experts, managers, administrative officers and clerical assistants.

Residents rotate through the Office of Occupational Health, Environmental, and Safety Services (OHESS). They learn about health hazards associated with lasers, printing, recycling, communication, security, and travel medicine. Clinical activities include medical surveillance and pre-placement exams, police officer fitness for duty exams and other return-to-work evaluations, on-the-job-injuries, drug testing and IAQ evaluations. Residents participate in disability case management and evaluate and treat patients in the Travel Medicine department. They participate in ongoing surveillance programs for exposure to possible weapons of mass destruction, as well as planning for operations during such situations. They learn about psychological services offered to these employees: counseling; applicant selection criteria; fitness for duty assessment; and post-traumatic incident debriefing. They also gain experience with indoor air quality issues associated with large office buildings, as well as methods to evaluate concerns, assess possible construction or mold sources, and remediation techniques. Work site tours are also an important part of this rotation.