SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre



CME on Importance of Taking Occupational History


Title of the Lecture: Importance of Taking Occupational History

Date: 19/12/2019

Time: 11am to 1pm

Venue: Hospital Seminar Hall, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Potheri

Guest Speaker: Dr. M. Anthony Leela, AMP, AMN, AM

Associate Professor & Deputy Dean Post Graduate Research and Administration, Faculty of Medicine, AIMST University, Malaysia.

Nature and Number of Participants

200 Participants-HODs of all departments, Consultants, Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant professors, Tutors, Paramedical Workers, Medical Students, Allied Health Course students.

Content of the Program

The program commenced with welcome address by Dr. M. Logaraj, Professor & Head, of Community Medicine and In-charge of Continuing Medical Education. He welcomed the guest speaker, Dr. Anthony Leela and the participants and highlighted the importance of taking occupational history and how it could facilitate the patients to come out with their problems.

Subsequently, Dr. Sundaram, MD, Dean, honored her with flower bouquet and delivered presidential speech, in which he clearly stated that CME programs had been regularly conducted at the institution for the benefit of faculty members and students persuing various medical courses there. He stressed that taking occupational histories of patients would definitely find out various causes associated with illnesses, when the patients were presenting their complaints to doctors. It would facilitate them to advice the patients with various complaints to follow some precautionary measures to get rid of their illnesses. Followed his address, A brief introduction on Dr. Anthony Leela was given to participants by Dr. Anantharaman, Professor, Community Medicine Department.

Then, Dr. Anthony Leela began her elegant lecture and said that occupational history was an integral part of thorough Medical interview, but might be difficult to interpret. She continued to state that the occupational history could be used at four levels namely 1. basic level where the knowledge of the patients’ current occupation and implications of the present illnesses for employment, 2. Diagnostic level- it would assist to investigate an association with present illnesses, 3. Screening level for individual surveillance, 4. Comprehensive level to investigate complex problems in depth, usually in consultation with other occupational health professional. She further went on to state that application of occupational history was core in identifying the illnesses of patients. An exclusive form with all information pertaining to patients’ occupations and implication should be included in the form that would facilitate to elicit required information for medical treatment. Finally, she concluded that the doctors emerging in field of the medical field must work hard at the initial stage that would pave way for them to become experts in their respective fields of medicine.


The lecture of Dr. Anthony Leela was very informative and eye opening for the students persuing courses in Medicine. Her presentation has thrown light on the fact that occupational history taking was integral part in the medical field and the medical practitioners could not proceed without it. The continues practices in taking occupational history of patients would take the practitioners to the next level and become mastery and experts in respective their fields.