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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 3 - p 353-354
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318040afb6
People and Events

Department Editor

The 92nd American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC®) will be held May 6–9, 2007, at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, La. The conference is the annual spring meeting of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Pre-conference courses will be offered May 4–5.

Educational activities will include Concurrent and Meal Sessions as well as the new Scholar Series Sessions. Program topics deal with occupational issues related to fatigue, ethics, depression, travel health, emerging infectious hazards and exposure control, pain management, value of workplace health services, fitness for duty in the transportation industries, hand injuries: examination, treatment, and medicolegal pitfalls, clinical toxicology, and health and productivity as a business strategy.

Other activities include hands- on workshops for upper and lower extremity orthopedics, sessions on coding and classification in the occupational medicine office, an insider’s perspective on OSHA, psychological perspectives on pain and the injured worker, influenza vaccination strategies, health and productivity toolkit, NIOSH health hazard evaluations, infectious disease, pulmonary disease, functional capacity evaluations, and an update on the ACOEM Practice Guidelines. Worksite offerings include a tour of a NIDA laboratory (Kroll), a SAMHSA certified lab, a visit to NASA at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a visit to the Exxon Mobil Oil Refinery, a trip to Monsanto Company to meet with their Hazmat Response Team, and a visit to a US Coast Guard Air Station at Belle Chase, Northeastern New Orleans.

AOHC highlights include the May 6, Sunday morning Opening Session with Sappington Lecturer, Laura Punnett, ScD, a Professor in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts and an occupational epidemiologist and ergonomist; the Sunday evening Exhibit Opening Reception and Poster Presentations; and the May 7, Monday evening Mardi Gras World Party. The ACOEM Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, May 8 beginning at 12 noon where current ACOEM President, Tee L. Guidotti, MD, will pass the gavel to his successor, Robert K. McLellan, MD. The 2007 Class of Fellows will also be inducted at this time.

The deadline for advance registration is April 6, 2007. Registrations received after April 6 and on-site registrations will be assessed an additional $100. ACOEM designates the AOHC for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.™ For additional information, contact the ACOEM Education Department, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; fax: 847/818-9266; Web site:

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) will hold Pre-conference Courses prior to AOHC on May 4–5 at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, La. Offerings include Basic Curriculum Segment 3, Occupational Medicine Board Review, MRO I Comprehensive, and MRO II Update for Experienced MROs.

The two-day Basic Curriculum Segment 3: Industrial Hygiene and Specific Workplace Health Concerns focuses on industrial hygiene and specific workplace health concerns such as physical hazard, ergonomic assessment, and worksite evaluations. The Basic Curriculum series can be taken in any order, therefore, attendance at Segments 1 or 2 is not a prerequisite for enrolling in Segment 3. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

By taking the Occupational Medicine Board Review Course, also two full days, a participant can refresh their knowledge of the exam’s content, identify strengths and weaknesses during preparation, and learn how to concentrate on areas needing additional review. For physicians planning on recertifying in occupational medicine, a special breakout session will be held the second afternoon to provide instruction and material specifically for the recertification exam. The Board Review is designated for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

The MRO I Comprehensive Course is a two-day opportunity for aspiring medical review officers (MROs) to increase and update their knowledge and familiarity with changes in substance abuse testing and federal regulations affecting the role of MROs. It also complies with the mandatory Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements of MRO training and certification. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

MRO II Update for Experienced MROs will be conducted for a full day on Friday, May 4 and end at 1 pm on Saturday, May 5. It enables MROs to progress to the next level of expertise beyond ACOEM’s well established Comprehensive and Fast Track Courses. It breaks new ground by providing a tutorial on testing alternative specimens such as oral fluids, hair, and sweat, and employs interactive audience response to deliver advance case studies that are clinically relevant. MRO II updates experienced MROs on pertinent state laws, point of collection testing devices, drugs beyond the SAMHSA-five, and the latest proposed changes in federal regulations, and also provides an overview of the world of student and sports drug testing, as well as a practical discussion on building an MRO practice.

MRO II meets the US DOT’s requirement of 12 hours of MRO-related CME every three years as well as the CME requirement of the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) exam eligibility requirements for initial certification or recertification. MRO II is designated for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ The MROCC offers an exam opportunity on Sunday, May 6. Visit their web site at for additional exam and registration details.

For more information on ACOEM courses, contact Jay Semla, Education Department, at 847/818-1800, ext. 390; or visit the web site at

The New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM), one of ACOEM’s 30 component societies, will hold a dinner meeting on April 12 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute in Hopkinton, Mass. ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

David F. Melton, CRSP, CDS, Director of Transportation, Technical Services, for Liberty Mutual Institute for Safety, will present “Is That Commercial Driver Really Fit to Drive?” This talk will cover the full range of methods currently used to evaluate driver safety, their effectiveness, practicality, and results of actual application.

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

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