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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 2 - p 226
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The “Winter Scientific Meeting” of the Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NAOEM), one of ACOEM’s 30 component societies, will be held March 2–4 at the Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Ore. ACOEM President, Tee Guidotti, MD, will present “A New Direction for Occupational Medicine.” Christopher Martin, MD, Residency Director at West Virginia University, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, will speak on “Occupational Cancer, Diagnostic Testing in Occupational Medicine.”

Other topics that will be presented by member physicians include “Unlocking the Mysteries of Causation”; “Naval Aviation Safety and Its Application to Medicine”; “Emergency Preparedness for Bioterrorism, Chemical/Nuclear Weapons and Other Occupational and Environmental Disasters”; and “Environmental Mercury Exposure: A Case Presentation.”

For more information, contact Linda Slane, NAOEM Executive Director, telephone: 206/441-9762, fax: 206/441-5863; e-mail:; Web site:

The Central States Occupational Medical Association (CSOMA), one of ACOEM’s component societies, will hold its 83rd Annual Spring Seminar, March 16–17, at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel in Lisle, Ill. The theme of the meeting is “The Big Bang: The Universe of Occupational Medicine.” On March 15, “Occupational Medicine: Where Medicine Meets the Workplace” will be presented as a pre-seminar offering. Continuing medical education credits are available for all three days.

Presentations on March 15 will cover the following topics: “Real World Spirometry: Interpretation, Pitfalls and the 2005 American Thoracic Society Guidelines”; “Is This Individual Behaviorally Fit to Work?”; “The Latest on NFPA 1582 and the ACOEM Police Guidelines”; “Update on DOT Medical Certification”; “Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Occupational and Environmental Exposures: Things You Thought You Knew, Revisited!”; “Fundamentals of Occupational Medicine by the Case Study Method”; “Troubleshooting Tips for Substance Abuse Testing.”

March 16 presentations will include: “Nanotechnology and Risk: The NIOSH Perspective”; “Occupational Pulmonary Cases: Diagnosis and Causation”; “Providing Value to Patients and Employers”; “Neuro Physiological Basis of Electro Diagnosis and Clinical Interpretation”; “The Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Health Outcomes”; and “Challenging Case Studies in Clinical Occupational Medicine.” The CSOMA National Leadership Award will be presented to Carl Zenz, Sr., at the mid-day luncheon, and Tee L. Guidotti, MD, ACOEM President, will also speak.

The March 17 topics include: “Shoulder Tendinoses, Ulnar Neuropathy at the Elbow and Meniscal Tears: A Discussion of Occupational and Non-Occupational Risk Factors in Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)”; “Can I Work?”; “Real Occupational and Environmental Medicine for Real People: Where is the IH in Your Practice?”; and “Trends in Workers’ Compensation.”

Both the seminar and pre-seminar are jointly sponsored by CSOMA, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in association with the University of Iowa College of Nursing. The March 15 one-day registration fee is $150. The fee for the two-day March 16–17 meeting is $195. This fee includes all scientific sessions, course materials, and breakfast and lunch.

For more information, contact Marlyce Nutt, Executive Director, 6 Phillippi Creek, Elgin, IL 60120; telephone: 630/497-0286; fax: 630/497-0364; e-mail:; Web site:

The Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (MWCOEM), an ACOEM component society, will hold its next two meetings during the months of March and May. On Mar 21, 2007, Mike Montopoli, MD, will discuss “Antarctic Medicine” at the National Science Foundation Building in Washington, DC. On May 16, 2007, Bruce Jones, MD, MPH, Manager of the Injury Prevention Program in the Directorate of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, will present the topic “Occupational Injuries in the Military: Epidemiology and Prevention.” The meeting location is at the Department of Labor (Frances Perkins) Building, Washington, DC.

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; telephone: 703/681-0022. Information regarding MWCOEM meetings during the remainder of the year will be forthcoming.

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