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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: July 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 7 - p 863-864
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181b0cc45
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Benjamin Hoffman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at Waste Management in Houston, Texas, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, has been appointed to the Medical Review Board (MRB) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He joins a fellow American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) member Kurt Hegmann, MD, MPH, already serving on the MRB, for a 2-year term. The MRB is comprised of five medical experts whose task is to provide science-based guidance to establish medical standards and update physical qualification regulations of commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Dr Hoffman has been an ACOEM member for 22 years and served on the Committee on Publications. He received his MD from Mt Sinai School of Medicine, training in internal medicine at Brown University and was a Kaiser Fellow in environmental and occupational medicine at Yale University where he received his MPH. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine. He is a member of the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health is starting an on-line, 7-month long “International Program on Occupational Health Practice” on August 31, 2009. It will consist of 390 hours and is specifically designed for health care providers, such as physicians and nurses, who provide occupational health services to employees in companies or governments around the world. This program also benefits health care professionals who provide occupational health services in other settings such as occupational health clinics, unions, or governmental agencies. Professionals who are engaged in management of occupational health services such as technicians, engineers and managers, occupational hygienists, occupational safety professionals, and health technicians can participate but need to be aware of the program’s health focus.

For more information on this UIC program offered by its Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Health, a Collaborating Center in Occupational Health of the World Health Organization, visit their web site at www.uic.edu/sph/glakes/ce/IntPrgOHP.html.

The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), an ACOEM component society, will hold its annual fall Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) on September 10–12, 2009. “Occupational Medicine: A Climate of Change” will be held at FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. This event is jointly sponsored by WOEMA and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) of the University of California at Berkeley.

Postgraduate sessions take place on September 10. The keynote address will be presented on September 11 by Sean Sullivan, JD, CEO and President of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management. Plenary sessions on that day include: “Best Practices for Health, Wellness and Employer-Based Care”; “Evaluation of Causation—AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment”; “Addiction: What You Need to Know”; “Monitoring for Diversion, Abuse and Addiction in the Clinical Occupational Medicine Setting”; “Toxicology”; and “From Hogans to Touchdowns—Epidemiology and the Environment in the Valley of the Sun.” The Rutherford T. Johnstone Award will also be presented.

On September 12, sessions will include: “ACOEM Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines: The Evidence”; “Food Safety”; “Medical Implications of Air Travel”; “Emerging & Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases”; “The Latest Court Decisions: How They Impact Utilization Review Audits and Permanent Disability Ratings (California focus)”; “What’s New in OSHA Recordability Requirements”; “Appropriate Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in a Patient-Specific Centered Focused Plan”; “Bouncing Back from Pain”; “Functional Restoration and Chronic Pain Management”; and “Exercise: Your Safety Investment in a Tough Economy.”

On-line registration is available at www.woema.org. For more information, contact WOEMA, 575 Market Street, Suite 2125, San Francisco, CA 94105; telephone: 415/764-4918; fax: 415/764-4915; e-mail: woema@hp-assoc.com; or web site: www.woema.org.

The Kentucky Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (KOEMA), an ACOEM component society, will hold a meeting the evening of September 15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville in conjunction with the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) Annual Meeting “Disaster Preparedness: Is Kentucky Ready?” on September 14–16 at the same location.

The KOEMA meeting will feature Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH, who will speak on “Disability Management and Return to Work.” For more information, contact Kathleen Ohlmann, KOEMA Executive Secretary; telephone: 502/426-5971; e-mail: wplacesolutions@bellsouth.net. For details about the KMA meeting, visit their web site at www.kyma.org.

The 2009 Annual Symposium of the South Eastern Atlantic College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (SEACOEM), an ACOEM component formed by the merger of the Carolinas OEMA and Virginia COEM, will be held September 18–19 at the Hilton New Bern Riverfront Hotel in New Bern, NC. This event is cosponsored by the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [NIOSH] training center) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Offerings on September 18 include “Understanding the Nuances of Sound—Noise—A Primer for the Clinician”; “Value of Health and Power of Prevention”; “The 60 Summits Program: Preventing Disability and Promoting Return to Work”; “Enhanced Reactions to Occupational and Environmental Toxins”; and “Occupational Skin Disorders.”

September 19 presentations are “Functional Testing and Return to Work for Injured Workers”; “Psychological First Aid in Disaster Response”; “Updates on Workers Compensation, ADA and FMLA”; and “The Non-medical Interface: Working Effectively with Insurance Companies and Workers Compensation Carriers.”

For additional information contact Marian Swinker, MD, Program Chair, at 252/744-2070 or via e-mail at swinkerm@ecu.edu. Or, visit the symposium web site at http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/ce/courses/coema09.htm.

The Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (CSOEMA), an ACOEM component society, announced the election of a new slate of officers that became effective April 1, 2009. Elected to a 1-year term (2009–2010) were President, Brian C. Svazas, MD, FACOEM; President-Elect, Michael G. Parker, DO, FACOEM; Vice President, Mary Jo Capodice, DO, FACOEM; and Secretary-Treasurer, Melissa A. Bean, DO, FACOEM. Stephen F. Wintermeyer, MD, FACOEM, assumes the position of Immediate Past President.

CSOEMA will hold its 2009 Annual Fall Seminar on September 18–19 at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Champaign/Urbana, Ill. Phil Chen, MD, and Thomas Sutter, DO, will cochair this event. Topics include “Wellness Coaching”; “Corporate Wellness Programs at Caterpillar”; “Obstructive Sleep Apnea”; “Evaluation of Eye Complaints”; “Disability in the Workers Compensation Setting”; “Care Coordination in a Large Multispecialty Group”; “Treatment of Back Pain and Neck Pain”; and “Upper Extremity Evaluations and Surgical Treatments” among others.

For additional information, contact Marlyce Nutt, CSOEMA Executive Director, 6 Phillippi Creek, Elgin, IL 60120; telephone: 630/497-0286; fax: 630/497-0364; e-mail; marlyce@csoema.org; or visit CSOEMA on the web at www.csoema.org.

The ACOEM component, Great Plains College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (GPCOEM), installed new officers at their meeting held April 29, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. Paul Dew, MD, was elevated to the office of President and Allen J. Parmet, MD, assumed the position of President-Elect. Dale Garrett, MD, was elected to the Vice Presidency whereas Jesse Cheng, MD, was elected GPCOEM Secretary/Treasurer.

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