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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: December 2006 - Volume 48 - Issue 12 - p 1336-1337
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The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), one of ACOEM’s component societies, held its annual Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) on Sep 14–16 in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Highlights of the meeting included the presentation of WOEMA’s annual Rutherford T. Johnstone Award for meritorious service and the Jean Spencer Felton Award for excellence in scientific writing. The awards were presented during the annual business meeting held on September 15.

Jeffrey S. Harris, MD, MPH, FACOEM, a physician with The Permanente Medical Group, San Rafael, Calif., and President of J. Harris Associates, Inc., in Mill Valley, Calif., was the 37th recipient of the Rutherford T. Johnstone Lectureship Award. This award is presented annually to a member of the WOEMA who has contributed significantly to the furthering of occupational and environmental medicine. Dr Harris presented this year’s Johnstone Memorial Lecture entitled “Doing Well by Doing Good: Optimizing the Benefits of Occupational Medicine.”

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Dr Harris received his MD from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; his MPH in Medical Care Organization from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and his MBA in Executive Management from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Nashville. Dr Harris is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, certified in both occupational medicine and preventive medicine and public health. He is also certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

Dr Harris is currently on the ACOEM Board of Directors and has served as a member of the House of Delegates, and chair of the Healthcare Cost and Quality Management Committee and the Practice Guidelines Committee. He was elevated to Fellowship in 1986 and in 1996 he received the ACOEM President’s Award for developing the first edition of the ACOEM Practice Guidelines.

Tee L. Guidotti, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Professor and Chair in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health and Health Services, and Director, Division of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., was the 26th recipient of the Jean Spencer Felton Award for excellence in scientific writing. The award is presented annually to an individual (present or past member of WOEMA) who has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

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Dr Guidotti is also Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Acting Director, Center for Risk Science and Public Health at George Washington University. He received his MD from the University of California at San Diego and his MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine certified in occupational medicine, and the American Board of Internal Medicine certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (Occupational Medicine) and a Certificant of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.

Dr Guidotti is the current President of ACOEM and has served previously as a member of the Board of Directors and as a delegate to the House of Delegates. He has also served as the chair of numerous councils and committees including the Council on Education and the Committee on Conferences. Dr Guidotti was awarded his Fellowship designation in 1982. He is a member of the Metropolitan Washington COEM, but previously served the WOEMA component on their Board of Directors and chair of their Committee on Education.

The Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (MWCOEM), one of ACOEM’s 30 component societies, will hold its next meeting on January 17, 2007, in Washington, D.C. John R. Rowe, MD, MPH, will be the featured speaker and will discuss “Fire and Police – Occupational Medicine Issues.”

For additional information on Metro-Washington COEM meetings, contact the MWCOEM President, John R. Rowe, MD, MPH, Occupational Medicine Staff Officer, Office of the Surgeon General, at john.rowe@us.army.mil; telephone: 703/681-0022. Information regarding MWCOEM meetings during the remainder of the year will be forthcoming.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will sponsor a two-day conference February 6–7, 2007, regarding “Occupational Health Care and Medical Surveillance for Laboratory and Animal Care Workers.” The meeting will be held at the CDC Global Communications Center in Atlanta, Ga.

This conference will provide an overview of the current principles and best practices of occupational health and medical surveillance for workers in the laboratory research; infectious diseases; and laboratory animal settings. The program is intended for health care providers in research universities and hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and state and federal laboratories, and for other professionals who conduct laboratory and/or animal research. Participants will learn the fundamentals of a quality occupational health care program in these settings and be able to benchmark their own work with field leaders.

The keynote speakers will be CDC’s L. Casey Chosewood, MD, who will speak on “Current Issues and Challenges: Protecting the Health of Laboratorians and Animal Care Workers” and Michael Bell, MD, also of the CDC, who will discuss “Avian and Pandemic Flu: A Current Day Overview.” For additional information or registration visit the Eagleson Institute Web site at www.eagleson.org; e-mail: CDCmedsurv@eagleson.org; or telephone: 207/490-1076.

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