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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 9 - p 1048-1049
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318156b9b5
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On October 26–28, 2007, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's (ACOEM's) annual fall State-of-the-Art Conference (SOTAC) will be held jointly with the 7th International Conference on Occupational Health for Health Care Workers presented by the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), in Vancouver, BC, Canada, at the Sheraton Wall Centre. This collaboration allows registrants to sample offerings from both conferences for a unique educational experience by offering a global perspective on the recognition and management of health care worker occupational diseases and injuries, as well as strategies for protecting healthcare workers from such conditions.

October 26 highlights include worksite visits to the City of Vancouver's Engineering Services Manitoba Works Yard, the Washington Marine Group, and Rogers Sugar Refinery; the ICOH Opening Session—“Who Global Plan of Action for Workers' Health: Protecting Health Care Workers” and “Role of Infection Control in Occupational Medicine”; as well as the Opening Plenary Session—Jorma Rantenan, MD, PhD, President of ICOH, presenting the Gehrmann Lecture, with John Howard, MD, Director of NIOSH, speaking on “Surveillance and Guidance on Nanotechnology.” Other presentations include: “Occupational Infectious Agents and Diseases”; “Pulmonary Effects from Motor Vehicle Exhaust”; “Discussion of Imminent Practice Guidelines, Back”; and an evening dinner session on “Seasonal Flu and Pandemic Preparedness.”

October 27 incorporates a breakfast session, “Ethics: Case Discussions,” followed by a semi-plenary session with topics on “Initiatives for Improving Health Care Work” and “Impact of SARS on the Health Care Worker.” Concurrent sessions that follow are: “Nanotechnology: The New Workplace”; “Emergency/Disaster Response in Healthcare”; “Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Problems”; “Nanotechnology: The New Workplace”; “Surveillance of Occupational Diseases and Injuries Within the Healthcare Industry”; “Medical Facility Occupational Health in Developing Countries”; “Panel Discussion on Medical Surveillance for Nanotechnology Workers”; “Intervention Effectiveness Research”; “Current Issues in Healthcare Worker Health”; and “Occupational Pulmonary Disease and the Flavoring Industry.”

Sessions on October 28 include: “Protecting Healthcare Worker Health: A Global Perspective”; “Occupational Pulmonary Disease and the Flavoring Industry”; “Homecare and Itinerant Healthcare Workers”; and “Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare.”

ACOEM is hosting on-line registration for all activities (www.acoem.org) or you may call ACOEM at 847/818-1800, ext. 374. The deadline for early registration is September 26 with a $100 surcharge applicable after that date. For registration questions, e-mail registration@acoem.org. For additional conference or CME information, contact the ACOEM Education Department, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; or visit www.acoem.org/icoh.aspx.

On October 24–25, ACOEM will hold its MRO I: Comprehensive Course, Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Course, and Basic Curriculum: Segment I, prior to the State-of-the-Art Conference (SOTAC), in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Each two-day course has been designated by ACOEM for a maximum of 15 Category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA), and for up to 15 prescribed credit hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

In addition, a special offering, “Lessons from the Field: Emerging Infectious Diseases in Healthcare,” will be presented on October 24. The faculty of this one-day course consists solely of individuals who have managed outbreaks or emerging infectious diseases. They will share their experiences, examine errors in responses, discuss successful interventions and unanticipated obstacles, and offer advice for the benefit of course participants. This educational activity has been designated by ACOEM for a maximum of 7 Category 1 credits toward the AMA PRA, and for up to 7 prescribed credit hours by the AAFP.

For additional information or to register, contact ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; web site: www.acoem.org.

The Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Occupational Medicine (MARCOM V) will be held October 13, 2007, at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md. Co-sponsors are two of ACOEM's component societies – the Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Philadelphia Occupational and Environmental Medical Society, with support from the Johns Hopkins/NIOSH Education and Research Center.

Topics will include: “Plenary on Health and Productivity”; “Popcorn Workers' Lung”; “Endocrine Disruptors”; “Nanotechnology: Occupational Health and Safety”; “Obstructive Sleep Apnea”; “Community Health and Risk Communication: Arsenic in the Swann Park Neighborhood”; “Update on Diagnostic Testing for Tickborne Diseases”; “Introduction to Federal Workers Compensation”; “Acupuncture in the Occupational Health Clinic”; “A Tale of Two Buildings: Systematic Approach to Evaluation of Building Indoor Air Complaints”; “Epidemiologic Investigation of a Severe Pneumonia Outbreak in Deployed U.S. Troops”; “Reservists and Stress: Uncle Sam Wants Your Employee!”; and “Neuropsychological Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury: Distinguishing Disability from Dissimulation.”

For more information, contact Keith Choi, Program Assistant, ERC Continuing Education Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; telephone: 410/955-4088; e-mail: kchoi@jhsph.edu; Web site: www.marylandcoem.org. On-line registration is available at http://www.jhsph.edu/erc/index.html.

Washington Occupational Health Associates (WOHA) is sponsoring its biannual Occupational Hearing Conservation Course October 29–31, 2007, in Washington, DC. This Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) course encompasses all three days for certification, or a single day (October 30) for re-certification. The CAOHC courses are designed to certify health and safety personnel to test hearing and to establish hearing conservation programs in compliance with OSHA requirements.

For additional information or to register, contact WOHA, 1120 19th St, Ste 410, Washington, DC 20036; telephone: 800/777-9642 or 202/463-6698; e-mail: ataylor@WOHA.com; Web site: www.woha.com.

The New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM), an ACOEM component society, will hold its annual fall conference November 29–30, 2007, jointly with the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MaAOHN). “A Day in the Life of an OEM Clinician: Medicine Meets the Workplace” will be held at the Bedford Glen Hotel in Bedford, Mass.

Topics on November 29 include the following: “Update on Infectious Disease Concerns for Healthcare Workers”; “Upper Extremity Injuries—From Exam Room to the Workplace”; “Pathophysiology and Treatment of Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease”; “Fitness for Duty: ADA and Direct Threat Assessments”; “Problematic Pre-placement and Fitness for Duty Evaluations: Case Presentations and Occupational Lung Disease”; and “Real World Spirometry: Interpretation, Pitfalls and the 2005 American Thoracic Society Guidelines.” A President's reception follows the afternoon sessions and a special evening presentation by NECOEM member, Steve McCloy, MD, entitled “Mud & Butterflies: Excursions into the Developing World” will feature Dr McCloy's work in Guatemala and identify environmental concerns including the impact of the U.S. on the Guatemalan environment.

On November 30, topics include “Nanotechnology: Environmental and Occupational Health Implications”; “Global Warming: Health Problems and Healthy Solutions”; “Myth of the Great Divide: All Health is Occupational Health”; “What We Do Today Could Hurt Us Tomorrow: How to Avoid Pain Management Program Pitfalls”; and “Physical Treatments for Low Back Pain: Where's the Evidence?”

Three 30-minute research updates from the Harvard School of Public Health will also be presented: “Emergency Duties and Deaths from Heart Disease Among Firefighters in the U.S.”; Fish, Mercury and Child Development”; and “Update on Phthalates and Male Reproductive Health: Endocrine and Semen Quality.”

ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 14.75 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. For more information, contact Dianne Plantamura, NECOEM Executive Director, 22 Mill Street, Groveland, MA 01834; telephone: 978/373-5597; e-mail: necoem@comcast.net; Web site: www.necoem.org.

The World Congress on Neck Pain will be held January 20–22, 2008, in Los Angeles, California, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) are primary co-sponsors of the Congress. Other sponsors include NIOSH, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, among others.

The Congress will present the latest scientific research and findings of evidence-based systematic reviews on neck pain prevention, diagnosis and management. Themes are public health and health care, and automobile safety. Topics include evidence-based prevention strategies, risk and factors influencing course and prognosis, evidence-based diagnosis and treatment, societal and public health impact, functional disability/optimum return to work interventions, and advances in auto engineering and traffic safety.

For more information or to register on line, visit the Congress web site at www.neckpaincongress.org.

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