Transition from emergency medicine to occ health was seamless for Michael Kaufmann, MD, FACEP, FAEMS


Prior to joining Eli Lilly as the associate vice president and global leader of employee health and wellness services, Dr. Kaufmann's career included years of work in emergency medicine. He also served as the Medical Director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security connecting public safety, public health and healthcare and extending those services to all Hoosiers. During the pandemic, Dr. Kaufmann was a medical advisor and member of the Indiana Governor’s pandemic response team, coordinating vaccines and out-of-hospital medical response across the state. In addition to developing the States COVID hospital surge plan, Dr. Kaufmann created a system to deliver vaccines to homebound and disabled Hoosiers.


In this episode of OccTok, Dr. Kaufmann gives his perspective on how occupational medicine is a great mix of the acute care, public health and administrative work from his past experiences. In his current position with Eli Lilly, he works to build upon the company's deep rooted strategy in providing a well-rounded and leading edge employee health services program. 


OccTok is a podcast produced by Enterprise Health to support the mission of ACOEM's Ambassador Program, an initiative to increase awareness of occupational and environmental medicine among medical and APP students and residents and provide opportunities for real-world experiences for interested trainees.


The Ambassador Program is led by a group of occupational health professionals who recruit others in the specialty to volunteer as ambassadors and present at lunch and learns at medical and physician assistant schools throughout the U.S. The presentations introduce attendees to the specialty and its benefits which include high satisfaction and low burnout rates, and provide information on common work environments including hospitals and health systems, colleges and universities, the public sector, sports and entertainment, and a wide variety of corporate and manufacturing settings. 


Listen now to hear about Dr. Kaufmann's transition from emergency medicine to occ health.