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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2006 - Volume 48 - Issue 9 - p 991-992
People and Events: News Highlights

Department Editor

The 58th State-of-the-Art Conference (SOTAC) will be held October 20–22, 2006, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. The conference is the annual fall meeting of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). This year’s theme is “Dealing with Disasters: Readiness, Response and Rebuilding.”

Program topics will include sessions on health and safety of emergency responders; resource and response directory; managing communication in a crisis; how to get information when faced with a disaster; chemical, biological, radiological, and psychological hazards; mass casualty care; exposure prevention; evacuation criteria and strategies; personal protective equipment; economic and political realities of disasters; treatment, infection, disease, prophylaxis and health care delivery; contingency planning; frontline work and cleanup; post psychological effects of disasters; first responder monitoring; monitoring of exposed populations; and community rebuilding.

The deadline for pre-registration is September 22. After that date, a $100 additional fee is assessed for full conference registration. The full conference fee includes admittance to all general sessions, breakout sessions, breakfast sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch session on Saturday as well as the Welcome Reception on Friday evening.

Pre-conference courses will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, October 18–19. They include the Medical Center Occupational Health and Safety Course; Basic Curriculum in Occupational Medicine, Segment 2: Toxicology, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Dermatology, Backs, and Arms; MRO 1: Comprehensive Course; and MRO 2: Update for Experienced MROs. The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will also offer a MRO Certification Exam on Friday, October 20. Contact MROCC directly at 847/303-7210, or visit for exam and registration information.

For additional SOTAC or pre-conference course information, contact the ACOEM Education Department, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; Web site:



Howard Hu, MD, ScD, MPH, has recently been appointed Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Medicine. He has served on the faculty at Harvard School of Public Health since 1988, most recently as Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, where he now has assumed the status of Adjunct Professor.

Dr Hu earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and his MPH and ScD from Harvard. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine, and by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been a member of ACOEM since 2000, serving as an active member of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM), one of ACOEM’s 30 component societies. NECOEM will present Dr Hu with the Harriet Hardy Award during their annual meeting in December in Bedford, Mass. This award is bestowed upon a clinician who embodies the dedication and service of Dr Hardy, a distinguished woman pioneer in occupational and environmental medicine.

In 2005 during the American Occupational Health Conference, Dr Hu was awarded the Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award by ACOEM. He received this award as recognition along with three other authors, Daniel Rhodes, MD, Avron Spiro, PhD, and Antonio Aro, PhD, for their study published in ACOEM’s peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine entitled “Relationship of Bone and Blood Lead Levels to Psychiatric Symptoms: The Normative Aging Study.”

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) will co-sponsor a new course “Health and Productivity Management: Harnessing the Full Value of Corporate Health” on December 1, 2006, at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC. This one-day seminar is specifically designed for occupational and environmental health professionals, human resource professionals, and benefits managers who want to increase their understanding of the integration of health and productivity management (HPM).

The course provides a basic understanding of HPM and discusses various health and productivity measurement tools and employer HPM results. It also provides an understanding of how to make the business case for HPM in the workplace including the size of health and productivity loss and its relationship to direct medical costs. The program will feature expert presentations with active participation, case studies with individual and small group exercises, computer-generated visuals with digitized video, and discussions.

For more information or registration, contact ACOEM at 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; phone: 847/818-1800; or visit the Web site at

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