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The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) will offer a Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) course on March 8, 2013, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, in Los Angeles, California.

The 1-day CDME course meets the core curriculum requirements for medical examiner training in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It includes required details about the FMCSA, completion of the medical form, and components of the physical examination. Although content from the FMCSA's Medical Examiner Handbook on how to conduct a physical examination and details on diagnosis and treatment of specific medical conditions will be included in pre- and post-reading material, the expectation is that participants have already mastered physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment skills during their health care training, and the emphasis will be on those issues specific to the commercial driver.

For additional course details or on-line course registration, visit the ACOEM Web site at To register by phone, call 847/818-1800, ext. 374.

ACOEM also offers on-line CDME training consisting of nine modules that include pre- and post-reading materials, a course syllabus, a CD with supplemental materials, and 24/7 on-line access to modules 1 to 8. Module 9 is a live webinar offered on multiple dates. Visit for more information.

In conjunction with the 2013 American Occupational Health Conference from April 28 to May 1 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, ACOEM will hold a number of its acclaimed courses, both before and after conference.

Pre-conference courses on April 26 and 27 will include the Medical Review Officer (MRO) Comprehensive Course; Occupational Medicine (OM) Board Review; and Foundations in OM, Segment 2. On April 27, the single-day offerings are CDME Course and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health–approved Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health—Physician Update.

The MRO Comprehensive Course offers both current and aspiring MROs an opportunity to increase and update their knowledge and familiarity with changes in substance abuse testing and federal regulations affecting the role of MROs and fully meets the Department of Transportation MRO Qualification Training requirements. The MRO Certification Council will hold its certifying examination after the ACOEM course. For separate examination registration details, visit

The OM Board Review provides expert assistance and instruction in advance of board certification or recertification. It refreshes knowledge related to examination content, helps to identify strengths and weaknesses in preparation, and provides insight on how to concentrate on areas needing additional review. The American Board of Preventive Medicine will hold a Maintenance of Certification examination at the conclusion of the ACOEM course. For separate examination registration details, visit

Foundations in OM, Segment 2, is for physicians interested in but not particularly familiar with OM. This segment focuses on the fundamentals of industrial hygiene, infectious diseases, and chronic pain, among other topics.

The CDME Course meets the core curriculum requirements for medical examiner training in accordance with the FMCSA. On satisfactory completion of this course, those eligible to serve as examiners would be prepared and able to sit for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners certification examination.

The Spirometry Testing Update covers spirometry's pitfalls and optimal interpretative algorithms and diagnostic tests used to establish or rule out a diagnosis of lung disease. It also includes case examples to illustrate the use of spirometry along with other tests to evaluate workers for lung disease.

The post-conference course to be offered on May 2 will be Work Disability Prevention for Clinicians: Mastering Your Role in the Stay-at-work/Return-to-work (SAW/RTW) Process. This course aids physicians who must make the challenging decision about a patient's return to work. It builds confidence to provide accurate guidance about ability to work, medical restrictions, and functional limitations to patients, their employers, insurers, and government agencies.

For additional conference and course details and on-line registration, visit the ACOEM Web site at For telephone registration, call 847/818-1800, ext. 374.

The 8th International Conference on Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders will be held from July 8 to 11, 2013, at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, Busan, Republic of Korea. The conference will bring together scientists, practitioners in occupational health and safety, ergonomists, industrial engineers, and policy makers, with the intent of fostering cross- and transdisciplinary and translational research into the etiology and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The conference strives to further research into and dissemination of state-of-the-art interventions aimed at the prevention of MSDs at work and will provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise in musculoskeletal research and intervention practice related to occupational work-related MSD prevention, with a special focus on recently industrialized and developing countries.

Topics will include epidemiology and surveillance on MSD burden; mechanism and models of injury; work organization, job stress, and psychosocial aspects; workload, aging, and musculoskeletal degeneration; ergonomics and prevention of MSDs; social aspects of determining work-relatedness and compensation; national strategies for prevention, standards, and regulation; biomechanics and experimental ergonomics; economic aspects of MSDs; and functional capacity, rehabilitation, and return to work.

Early discounted registration ends on February 28, 2013, and regular on-line registration ends on June 15, 2013. For additional information, visit the conference Web site at E-mail inquiries can be directed to

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