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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: October 2006 - Volume 48 - Issue 10 - p 1110-1111
People and Events

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Gregory N. Larkin, MD, FACOEM, was installed as the 133rd President of the Indianapolis Medical Society during their President’s Inaugural Reception on September 22, 2006. The installation ceremony was held at Marion College, Indianapolis, Ind.



Dr Larkin is Director, Corporate Health Services, for Eli Lilly and Company of Indianapolis. He is a long time employee of Eli Lilly having worked for them for the past 20 years. Prior to 1986, he practiced family medicine in Greencastle, Ind., for 12 years.

Dr Larkin received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. A member of ACOEM since 1986, he was elevated to Fellowship in 2003. He served on the Committee on Value Impact of OEM on Health Care Quality & Cost and was an examiner for the Corporate Health Achievement Awards. Dr Larkin is a member of Central States Occupational Medical Association, one of the College’s 30 component societies. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and an Aviation Medical Examiner.

Judith Green McKenzie, MD, MPH, FACOEM, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Occupational Medicine.

Dr McKenzie has been affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania since 1995 in both teaching and administrative capacities. From 1990 until 1995 she worked at New York University Medical Center, Bellvue Hospital, in New York City. Dr McKenzie earned her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and her MPH from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine.



Dr McKenzie has been a member of ACOEM since 1996 and earned the designation of Fellow in 2003. She has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is a member of the Philadelphia Occupational and Environmental Medical Society, a component society of ACOEM.

The New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM), one of ACOEM’s 30 component societies, will hold its annual conference on November 30 and December 1, 2006, at the Bedford Glen Hotel in Bedford, Mass., in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses. The theme of the meeting is “Looking Ahead: Emerging Challenges in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.” Continuing medical education credits are awarded for the activities related to this conference.

Session topics on November 30 will include Clinical Practice Skills – Work-Related Illness Cases; Traumatic and Laser Eye Injuries; Triage of Office Emergencies; Use of Opioids for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain; Early Risk Predictors for Acute Low Back Pain; Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Scope of the Disaster, Lessons Learned; Occupational Health Services in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Implications for Preparedness in New England: From Bioterrorism to Floods; and Hazmat Toxic Syndromes for Clinicians.

Tee L. Guidotti, MD, MPH, FACOEM, President of ACOEM, will speak at noon during the Membership Luncheon on November 30. Conference participants are invited to join colleagues for refreshments and networking at an evening President’s Reception that will feature slides of New England workers throughout the years.

Topics on December 1 include Biotechnology and the Environment; Overview of Hazards in the Biotech Industry; Engineering Controls in Animal Labs; Managing Ergonomic Hazards in Biotechnology Labs; the “Environmental” in Occupational and Environmental Medicine: the Present and the Future; Pregnancy, Work, and Stress; Characterizing Occupational Phthalate Exposures Among Manicurists and Determining the Effectiveness of Local Exhaust Ventilation; The Incidence of Asthma Among Aluminum Production Workers; Back Pain Interventions – Bridging the Gap Between Best Evidence and Clinical Practice; and RTW Planning – Collaborating with All Parties to Achieve Safe and Sustained RTW.

A highlight of the meeting is the annual presentation of the Harriet Hardy Award. This year’s recipient is Dr. Howard Hu, Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Medicine at the University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine, and formerly of Harvard University, Boston, Mass. This award is given to a clinician who embodies the dedication and service of Dr. Hardy, a distinguished woman pioneer in occupational medicine whose reform spirit sought to understand diseases caused by working conditions and then attempted to improve those conditions to prevent disease.

For more information about NECOEM’s annual conference contact Dianne Plantamura, NECOEM Executive Director, 22 Mill St, Groveland, MA 01834; telephone/fax: 978/373-5597; e-mail:; Web site:

The University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Division, has scheduled a Respiratory Protection & Fit Testing Workshop on January 22–24, 2007, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This comprehensive overview of respirator training (January 22) and optional two-day fit testing workshop that follows, concentrates on all aspects of respiratory protection including hands-on qualitative and quantitative fit testing in a small group setting using a variety of different style facepieces. This offering will be repeated April 23–25, 2007. Discount pricing is available when registering for all three days.

On March 7–8 the Respirator Selection and Change Out Schedule Workshop will be offered in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Hampton Inn Airport Hotel. The cost for this workshop is $360. It provides guidance on respirator selection and the development of an OSHA compliant change out schedule for cartridges and filters. A combination of lecture and practice problem sessions will be used.

The NIOSH-approved Spirometry Course dealing with all aspects of spirometry testing is scheduled January 8–10 and April 2–4, 2007, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Each participant will learn the proper technique necessary to obtain test results meeting all NIOSH and American Thoracic Society requirements. Students will also learn how to calculate specific test results and understand their meaning. Predicted values, significant changes from year-to-year, calibration, and interpretation of test results will be presented. In addition, the Spirometry Update and Refresher Course is scheduled on April 15 in Orlando. Refresher training helps ensure that persons who perform spirometry testing learn new information regarding changes in test procedures, review new protocols, and have the opportunity to discuss problems not foreseen during initial training.

For more information on all courses, contact Roy T. McKay, PhD, Course Director, at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, P. O. Box 670458, Cincinnati, OH 45267; telephone 513/558-1234; or visit the Web site at

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