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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 8 - p 928-930
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31814b9002
People and Events

Department Editor

On September 5, ACOEM will present a one hour webinar on “Commercial Driver Medical Certification – Current Issues You’ll Want to Know.” The webinar will address recent and pending modifications to the commercial driver medical examination process. Topics will include Medical Review Board recommendations on insulin-treated drivers, drivers on potentially impairing medications, and drivers with cardiovascular disease. The current status of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners will also be reviewed.

For more information or to register, contact ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; Web site:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will sponsor “WorkLife2007: Protecting and Promoting Worker Health” on September 10–11, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland. This two-day national symposium, which includes the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine among its co-sponsors, is part of the WorkLife Initiative, NIOSH’s response to the 2004 Steps to a HealthierUS Workforce Symposium.

Symposium goals include identifying effective worksite programs, policies, and practices and understanding what it takes to put them in place; gathering researchers and practitioners in the area of health protection and health promotion to present the latest research and identify research needs; and contributing to the development and dissemination of the tools and skills needed to improve workplace health-directed efforts.

WorkLife2007 will also explore solutions to challenges such as making worker health an organizational priority; sustaining the health and safety of an aging work force; making the economic case for effective programs; and overcoming barriers to organizational change.

Continuing education credits will be offered. For more information and on-line registration, access the WorkLife2007 web site at For questions regarding meeting logistics contact Andrea Williams at Professional and Scientific Associates, Inc., 2100 Reston Parkway, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20191; telephone: 703/234-1749; e-mail:

The Alabama Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (Alabama OEMA), one of ACOEM’s component societies, will hold an afternoon meeting September 14 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort, South Destin, Fla., in conjunction with the “19th Annual OccMed Update” on September 14–15. The Update is jointly sponsored by the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety of the UAB School of Public Health and the Alabama OEMA.

Topics on September 14 include: “Our Aging and Injured Workforce: A New Challenge in Occupational Health”; “Pharmaceutical Litigation and Its Impact on Providing the Health Care for our Workforce”; “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment for Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan”; “Pandemic Flu Preparation or Don’t Hug Your Chickens Too Tight”; “Double Double Toil and Trouble: The Impaired Health Professional”; “Elements of an Effective Hearing Conservation Program: What Professional Supervisors Need to Know”; and “Case Studies in Occupational Medicine.”

Other topics offered on September 15 are: “Why Folks Hire Attorneys”; “Ergonomic Interventions for the Aging Workforce—From Industry to the Healthcare Setting”; “Occupational Hearing Loss from Generation X to Babyboomers: Causation, Medical Aspects, Rehabilitation and Hearing Conservation.”

ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 9.15 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ for physicians. The UAB School of Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ for physicians. The Deep South Center, an approved provider of the Alabama Board of Nursing, has awarded the Update 11 contact hours for nurses.

For more details or registration information, contact the Deep South Center by telephone: 205/934-7178; e-mail:; Web site:

The Kentucky Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (KOEMA), an ACOEM component, will hold a meeting September 25 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) meeting on September 24–26, “Inside Look: A Workforce Under Stress,” at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.

The KOEMA meeting will feature Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, as the speaker on “Current Topics in Commercial Driver Medical Certification.” For more information, contact Kathleen Ohlmann, KOEMA Executive Secretary; telephone: 502/426-5971; e-mail: For details on the KMA meeting, visit their web site at

The Michigan Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (MOEMA), an ACOEM component, will hold its 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting “Current Topics in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2007” on September 27–28, 2007, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich. On September 26, a full day program “Spirometry Workshop for the Health Care Professional” presented by Mary Townsend, DrPH, will precede the meeting.

Conference presentations on September 27 will include: “Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Return to Work and the New ACOEM Work Disability Prevention Guideline”; “Common Occupational Hand and Wrist Injuries: Diagnosis, Treatment, Practice Pearls”; “Sleep Apnea and Truck Drivers: Practical Issues and Controversies”; “Work-Related Asthma Deaths in Michigan”; “MIOSHA Overview, Resources and Involvement”; and “Frontline Occupational Health Practitioners and Disaster Response: Understanding Your Role.” ACOEM’s President, Robert K. McLellan, MD, FACOEM, will be the featured luncheon speaker.

Offerings on September 28 are as follows: “New Issues in Infectious Diseases: A New Test for Latent TB Infection and a New Booster Vaccine for Adult Pertussis”; “Workers’ Compensation Update — Legal and Case Review”; “The Evaluation and Treatment of Acute Pain in Work Related Injuries”; “Environment, Medicine, Law and Industrial Hygiene”; “The Science of Hair Testing: Elements of a Forensically Defensible Hair Test”; “Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome: Fact or Fiction”; and “Ophthalmology for the Occupational Medicine Practitioner.”

The one-day Spirometry Workshop on September 26 presents current aspects of spirometry testing that are not covered in depth during standard medical training, so that occupational health professionals who perform, evaluate, and interpret spirometry tests can update their knowledge of technique, equipment, and interpretation of results. The workshop is available under a separate registration and will be limited to 30 attendees. Continuing education credits for physicians and nurses will be provided.

For more information, contact Linda Masters, MOEMA Executive Secretary; telephone: 313/874-1360 ext. 17; fax: 313/874-1366; e-mail:; Web site:

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center will present two workshops this fall. “Respiratory Protection & Fit Testing” will be held September 24–26, and “Spirometry for Physicians” is scheduled on October 3. Roy T. McKay, PhD, of the Department of Environmental Health, Occupational Medicine Division of the University of Cincinnati, is the course director.

The September 24–26 workshop is a comprehensive one-day “Overview of Respiratory Protection” with an optional two-day “Fit Testing Workshop” that 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.

“Spirometry for Physicians” will provide guidelines for interpretation of pulmonary function test results, and practice problems will incorporate recent changes in spirometry standards published by the American Thoracic Society to help the physician understand correct interpretation techniques. Other examples will be used to show the physician how poor effort, invalid maneuvers, limitations of equipment, and other factors may alter the interpretation. Guidelines regarding the use and selection of predicted values, and race adjustments will also be presented.

For information contact Roy McKay, PhD, at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, P.O. Box 670458, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0458; telephone: 513/558-1234; Web site:

On September 28–29, 2007, two of ACOEM’s components, the Tri-State Occupational Medical Association and Western Ohio Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, will hold a joint meeting at the Embassy Suites, in Charleston, WVa.

September 28 events will include an audiology workshop and tour of a Toyota engine plant. September 29 topics are “Public Safety Worker Standards and Guidance: NFPA 1582 and the New Unpublished ACOEM Law Enforcement Officer Guidance”; “Doing Good Medicine in Bad Places”; “Common Health Concerns and Outcomes in Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF)”; and “Management of Neuropathic Pain.” For more information or to register, contact Ed McVay, MD, Tri-State Secretary/Treasurer, at 814/375-3000 or via e-mail at

The Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC 07) is scheduled October 4–7, 2007, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Calif. This is the annual meeting of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), one of ACOEM’s component societies. WOHC 07 will feature offsite tours, post-graduate sessions, plenary sessions, and CME breakfasts.

Session topics range from “New Issues and Developments on the NIOSH Research Agenda” presented by John Howard, MD, Director of NIOSH; “Power Orthopedics: The Spine”; “Reproductively Destructive Workplace and Environment”; “The New Asbestos: Bronchiolitis Obliterans and Food Flavorings – Diacetyl”; “National Fire Protection Association Guidelines”; “Sleep Apnea in Commercial Drivers Update”; “Treating Spider and Venomous Insect Bites”; “Don’t Change a Job Because of Occupational Dermatitis”; “Healthcare Worker Immunizations: New Vaccines and New Recommendations on Old Vaccines”; “Can QuantiFERON Replace TB Skin Testing?”; and “Chronic Pain Management.”

ACOEM President, Robert K. McLellan, MD, will present “The Future of Occupational Medicine” on October 6, followed by Kurt Hegmann, MD, who will discuss the “Latest on the ACOEM Guidelines Update.”

ACOEM designates this activity for 19.5 Category 1 hours awarded toward the Physician Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes Category 1 CME for license renewal purposes. For more information, contact WOEMA, 575 Market Street, Suite 2125, San Francisco, CA 94105; telephone: 415/927-5736; e-mail:; Web site:

The 19th International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH), “Frontiers of Occupational Epidemiology,” will be held October 9–12, 2007, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. EPICOH 2007 will focus on emerging issues in occupational epidemiology and its role in preventing occupational disease and injury, and include methodological techniques as well as new and traditional topic areas.

For more information, contact Nicola Cherry, 13-103, Clinical Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; telephone: 780/492-7851; e-mail:; Web site:

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