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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: July 2006 - Volume 48 - Issue 7 - p 752-753
People and Events: News Highlights
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Joseph Fortuna, MD, MACOEM, received an Individual Achievement Award from the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) during their 20th Annual AIAG Outstanding Achievement Awards Dinner. AIAG is a global organization that addresses and resolves OEM issues affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. Dr Fortuna was one of 20 recipients honored for their 2005 achievements. The awards were presented on May 15 in Troy, Mich.

Dr Fortuna was recognized for being the “Founder” of AIAG’s Health Focus Group activities for creating a business case that allowed AIAG to address rising health-care costs for member companies. His strategic guidance resulted in focusing AIAG’s efforts on attacking the fundamental root causes of rising health care cost rather than “cost shifting” the problem to employees or the government and allowed AIAG to partner with other key health organizations and stakeholders. This aided AIAG in its efforts to effectively face the challenge of improving health care quality, reducing waste in the health care system, and improving health awareness and behavior of automotive employees.

Dr Fortuna is Medical Director for Delphi E&C Division. He has been a member of ACOEM since 1987 and achieved Master status in 1999. He has served on ACOEM’s Board of Directors as Speaker of the House of Delegates, as well as on numerous ACOEM committees and councils, and received the ACOEM President’s Award in 2002. Dr Fortuna is a member of the Michigan OEMA, one of ACOEM’s 30 component societies. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University.

ACOEM members, Michael I. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACOEM, and Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACOEM, were recently appointed to serve on the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Medical Review Board (MRB). FMCSA is planning updates to physical qualification regulations of commercial motor vehicle drivers, and the MRB, which is comprised of five medical experts whose specialties range from toxicology to neurology, will provide the necessary science-based guidance to establish realistic and responsible medical standards.

Dr Greenberg is Associate Director for Medical Toxicology at Drexel University College of Medicine and Director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program. He has been an ACOEM member since 1994 and achieved Fellow status in 2004. He was presented ACOEM’s Knudsen Award, the highest honor in occupational and environmental medicine, during the 2006 American Occupational Health Conference for his leadership in occupational and environmental medicine and his service to ACOEM. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of chemical terrorism and has been cited for his contributions in developing and directing the first fellowship training program in occupational, environmental, and hyperbaric emergency medicine at Drexel University. Dr Greenberg is Editor-in-Chief and senior author of Occupational, Industrial and Environmental Toxicology, 2ndEdition; and is an active researcher and lecturer in occupational and environmental toxicology. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine and in medical toxicology, and by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Dr Hegmann is Director and Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He became an ACOEM member in 1991 and was elevated to Fellowship in 1996. He currently chairs the ACOEM Evidence-based Practice Committee, which will play a key role in developing the College’s future state-of-the-art evidence-based practice recommendations. Dr Hegmann has been chair of the Ergonomics Committee and a member of the Council on Scientific Affairs, and was the General Conference Chair for ACOEM’s 1998 State-of-the-Art Conference. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and his MPH from the University of Utah. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine.

Cheryl S. Barbanel, MD, MBA, MPH, FACOEM, and John P. Holland, MD, MPH, FACOEM, both past presidents of ACOEM, are the College’s representatives to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS). ACOEM is a newly elected full member of the Council, which is a not-for-profit organization of medical specialty societies that represent diplomats certified by a Board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ACOEM is one of only 26 medical specialty society members of CMSS, which represents the views of these specialist physicians to influence policy, medical education, and accreditation.

Dr Barbanel completed her term as ACOEM President at the 2006 American Occupational Health Conference where she turned over the gavel on May 9 in Los Angeles. She has served on the ACOEM Board of Directors since 1998. In 1992, she joined ACOEM and was elevated to Fellowship three years later. She served as the General Conference Chair for the 1998 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), ACOEM’s annual spring conference. Dr Barbanel is Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for Boston Medical Center and Director of the Boston University Occupational Health Center. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Her medical degree is from New York University School of Medicine. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management and an MPH from Boston University. Dr Barbanel is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, certified in occupational medicine.

Dr Holland served as ACOEM’s President from 2003–2004. He spent nine years on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2005. He became a member of ACOEM in 1980 and achieved Fellow status in 1988. Over the years Dr Holland served on numerous committees and councils and was the General Conference Chair for the 1995 State-of-the-Art Conference, ACOEM’s annual fall conference. He was an instrumental force in developing the annual Millennium Series that premiered at the 2001 AOHC. Dr Holland has a consulting practice in occupational and environmental medicine, Holland Associates, Inc., in Seattle, Wash. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and his MPH from the University of Washington. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, certified in occupational medicine.

The University of Aberdeen’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine will be conducting a 10-week post-graduate “Certificate in Occupational Medicine,” Sept 25-Dec 1, 2006. The ten-week, Aberdeen-based program is an intensively taught course and includes a number of work-place visits. The course is intended for physicians wishing to embark on a career in occupational medicine. It is ideally suited to those doctors preparing to sit the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s AFOM exam.

The certificate involves the successful completion of nine compulsory modules over the 10-week period. The modules are: Introduction to Occupational Health; Statistics and Epidemiology; Toxicology; Occupational Hygiene; Occupational Hazards and Diseases; Effects of Health on Work; Management, Ethics, and Law; Environmental Medicine; and an Essay in Occupational Health. Instruction is via a mixture of lectures, tutorials, occupational hygiene practical sessions, and work site visits. Each module has its own exam.

For further information, contact Pamela Moir, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Liberty Safe Work Research Centre, Foresterhill Road, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom; e-mail: p.moir@abdn.ac.uk; telephone: 01224 558188; Web site: www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/apply.shtml.

The 50th Annual Western Occupational Health Conference will be held Sept 14–16, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, in Incline Village, Nev. The theme of the conference is “Occupational Medicine: What Clearly Works.”

Plenary session topics will include “The Latest Techniques for Treating the Foot, Ankle, Knee and Hip”; “Focusing on the Eye: A Practical, Hands-on Ophthalmologic Update”; “Pulmonary Disease and Spirometry Interpretation for the Occupational Physician”; “Acupuncture: An Evidence-Based Approach”; “Drugs of Abuse in the Workplace: How to Identify the Disease of Addiction”; “Maintaining Function in Workers with Chronic Pain”; “Mold: Green and Mean or Just Hyped Hyphae”; “Utilization Review in California”; “Update on Disaster Preparedness”; “Challenges for Women Physicians”; “What We Now Know About DOT Guidelines”; and a panel discussion on Making Wellness Programs Work for Corporate Health Travel Hazards in North America.

Highlights will include a keynote lecture on “The Delicate Environmental Balance of Lake Tahoe: Ramifications for Public Health,” and a presentation on “Our New Mission, Our Voice, Our Future,” presented by Tee Guidotti, MD, MPH, FACOEM, ACOEM President. Other program highlights include the Lunch with the Professors discussions. The discussions will address such topics as upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders, neurotoxicology, the ACOEM Practice Guidelines, and an insider’s look at executive health. Site visits to the Nevada Correctional Facility in Carson City and a Nevada gold mine will augment the program, as will exhibits and resident poster sessions.

For more information regarding WOHC 2006, contact WOEMA, 575 Market Street, Suite 2125, San Francisco, CA 94105; e-mail: woema@hp-assoc.com; telephone: 415/927-5736; Web site: http://woema.org/WOHC2006/WOHC_Conference_Brochure.pdf.

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