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The Annual Business Meeting and Fall Conference of the New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (NYOEMA), one of ACOEM's component societies, will be held October 29, 2011, at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.

For additional details, contact Natalie Ruoff, NYOEMA Executive Secretary, c/o New York County Medical Society, 12 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017; telephone: 212/684-4670, ext. 214; e-mail:

The Great Plains College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (GPCOEM), an ACOEM component, will hold its Annual Fall Dinner Meeting on November 15, 2011, at the West Chase Grille in Overland Park, Kan. “Redefining Wellness in a New Era of Healthcare Cost Management” will be presented by Matthew Condon, JD, MBA, of the Athletic and Rehabilitation Center of Overland Park.

On February 24–25, 2012, the 34th Annual Carroll P. Hungate Postgraduate Seminar on Occupational and Environmental Health will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, Overland Park, Kan. It is sponsored by GPCOEM and the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society in cooperation with the Greater Kansas City Missouri Association of Occupational Health Nurses and Johnson County Community College.

In 1977, Carroll P. Hungate, MD, organized the first occupational health seminar presented by the Great Plains Occupational Medicine Association (former name of GPCOEM). He was the Program Chair for the seminar again the following year and in 1979 the annual postgraduate seminar was named after him in recognition of his leadership and invaluable contributions to the Association. This seminar is intended to provide the occupational physician, nurse, and allied health personnel with current information that will assist them in providing improved health care to workers and management.

For more information, contact Sonora Thigpen, GPCOEM Executive Secretary, c/o KCSW Clinical Society, 9229 Ward Parkway, Suite 280, Kansas City, MO 64114; telephone: 816/523-3383; e-mail:

The Annual Occupational Medicine Conference of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM) will be held December 1–2, 2011, at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel, Newton, Mass. “The Science and Practice of Occupational and Environmental Medicine” is cosponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

The keynote address, “Gaining Insight into Disease: Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” will be presented by F. Joseph Celona, MD, Founder of Occupational Health Services, Fallon Clinic, Worcester, Mass., and Harriet Hardy Award Recipient. The William B. Patterson Memorial Lecture, “What Mind Body Medicine Can Do for You and Your Patients,” will be given by Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Conference offerings include: “Doctor, Can I Work Despite My Heart Attack, Back Pain, Psychosis?”; “Work Related Concussions: Evaluation, Management, and Return to Work Success”; “Prevention of Laboratory Animal Allergy”; “Immunosuppressed Workers”; “Fitness for Duty and ADA Issues in the Compromised Worker”; “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: How Overdiagnosis and Flawed Causation Analysis Contribute to Poor Outcomes in Workers’ Compensation Patients”; and “Opportunities and Challenges of Onsite Clinics: 3 Modules.”

Additional topics include: “Managing Workplace Safety and Risk with Medical Marijuana”; “Childhood Lead Poisoning”; “Role of the Occupational Health Professional in a Changing Economy”; “Evaluation and Management of Impaired Workers”; “Dizziness Following Minor Head Injuries”; “Physical Fitness and Cardiovascular Risk Stratification in Career Firefighters”; “Driving Simulators as Screens for Sleep Disorders in Professional Drivers”; and “Heart Disease Deaths at Work in U.S. Police Officers: Duty-specific Risks.”

For more information, contact Dianne Plantamura, NECOEM Executive Director, 22 Mill Street, Groveland, MA 01834; telephone: 978/373-5597; e-mail:; Web site: Online registration is available and is discounted if completed by November 10.

The 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) will be held December 4–8, 2011, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa.

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will speak at the Opening Session on December 4. The Fred L. Soper Lecture will be presented on December 5 by Anita Zaidi, MD, Professor at Aga Khan University. On December 6, Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Founding Director of Partners in Health, will speak at the mid-day plenary session, and the Commemorative Fund Lecture will be given by Mirta Roses Periago, MD, Director of the Pan-American Health Organization.

For additional information, contact the ASTMH, 111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100, Deerfield, IL 60015; telephone: 847/480-9592; fax: 847/480-9282; e-mail: or; Web site:

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) will hold its annual meeting February 22–25, 2012. The venue for “Preventive Medicine 2012” will be the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

The conference is divided into three tracks: “Clinical Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine”; “Public Health Practice”; and “Prevention Policy.” Conference collaborators include the American College of Medical Quality, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and the American Medical Informatics Association.

For additional information, contact the ACPM, 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001; telephone: 202/466-2044; fax: 202/466-2662; e-mail:; Web site:

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) will hold its 37th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference on February 23–25, 2012. The venue for “Cultures of Hearing Loss Prevention” will be the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, French Quarter, New Orleans, La.

NHCA partners with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to annually present awards at this conference to honor excellent hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment. Earlier this year in Mesa, Ariz, John Howard, Director of NIOSH, presented the NHCA 2011 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards at the NHCA 36th Annual Conference to Shaw Industries Group, Fibers Division. They were recognized in the manufacturing sector for their demonstrated results in noise control, hearing loss prevention and their effort to improve the quality of implementation of several of their hearing loss prevention and program components.

Recipient of this award in the service sector was CPT Leanne Cleveland and the Fort Carson (FC) Colorado Army Hearing Program. They were recognized for innovative efforts to update their hearing program, including timely hearing testing, multilevel educational programs, hearing program officer integration, expanded hearing protection options, appropriate amplification matched to a soldier's work-related hearing demands, and a commitment to each individual at risk of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. The FC Hearing Program has had a direct impact on the hearing status of individual soldiers and their ability to continue to perform military duties. The pilot program outcomes have significant implications for system-wide advances in both civilian and military hearing loss prevention programs.

Recipients for the 2012 Safe-in-Sound Awards are currently being considered. For 2012 meeting and award details, contact the NHCA, 3030 West 81st Avenue, Westminster, CO 80031; telephone: 303/224-9022; fax: 303/458-0002; e-mail:; Web site:

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