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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: October 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 10 - p 1177-1178
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31815a7958
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The New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (NYOEMA), a component society of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), and the New York Business Group on Health (NYBGH) will cosponsor a program about workplace mental health entitled “Improving Mental Health Care Through Root Cause Analysis” on November 14. The program will be held at the Cornell Club in New York City from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm followed by a reception and dinner.

Presentations include: “The Broken Brain and Our Broken Mental Health Benefits: What Are We Really Solving For?” by David Whitehouse, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Strategy and Innovation, United Behavioral Health; “Assessing Individual and Organizational Health With Worksite Health Promotion Programs” by Ron Goetzel, PhD, Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Cornell Thomson Healthcare; “One Large Employer's Root Causes: Workplace Performance and Employee Distress” by Jeffrey Kahn, MD, President, NYOEMA, CEO at WorkPsych Associates, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College; “How Much Does Quality Mental Health Care Profit Employers: Workplace Anxiety and Depression” by Alan Langlieb, MD, MBA, MPH, Director of Workplace Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University; and “Addictions: Diagnosis and Treatment of Underlying Anxiety and Depressive Disorders” by Richard Frances, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University and Past President of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

Fees are $90 for NYOEMA or NYBGH members and $180 for guests. Dinner is optional for an additional $60. For more information, contact Natalie Ruoff, NYOEMA Executive Secretary; telephone: 212/684-4670 ext. 214; e-mail:; or Jeffrey Kahn, MD, NYOEMA President; telephone: 212/362-4099; e-mail:

The Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TCOEM), an ACOEM component society, has announced its officers for 2007–2008 as follows: Melanie Swift, MD, President; Brad Rudge, MD, President-Elect; Samuel Cheek Jr, MD, MPH, Vice President; and Sangita Chakrabarty, MD, MSPH, Secretary/Treasurer. Continuing Board members include: N. K. Singh, MD (3rd year); John Hayes, MD (2nd year); and Janet Snoddy, MD, MPH (1st year). McKinley Lundy, DO, MPH, FACOEM, is Immediate Past President and ex-officio board member.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) will hold its 56th Annual Meeting on November 4–8, 2007, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pa. Scientific advances in tropical medicine and global health will be featured. Topics will include: “International Travel to Give or Receive Health Care”; “Basic Science/Molecular Biology”; and “Late Breakers in Clinical Tropical Medicine.” Pre-conference courses will be offered November 2–4 and include: “Systems Biology: Approaches to Understanding Infectious Disease” and “Chagas Disease: No Longer an Exotic Disease.”

For more information or to register, visit the ASTMH web site at, or e-mail

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), in partnership with the Insurance Educational Association (IEA) will sponsor “HPM Clinic: Moving Health to the Bottom Line” on December 4, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, Calif. This full day training program is designed for HR/benefits professionals, physicians, and other occupational health professionals who want to know how to assess and manage the value from an investment in workforce productivity and be able to make the case for change to senior management.

The HPM Clinic™ will provide a strong foundation in health and productivity management (HPM) for those who are seeking a basic or applied level of understanding. Built on four core attributes of the ACOEM/IBI collaboration, it has been developed by the leading employer-based practitioners from their own experience; builds bridges among internal stakeholders; provides business-case information and resources that can be put to immediate use; and supports flexibility through a modular approach that engages participants in the format that works best for them.

ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s)™ and satisfies up to 6.0 ABPM MOC credits. The cost to ACOEM, IBI, and IEA members is $345; the non-member cost is $425. 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 Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (RMAOEM), an ACOEM component society, will hold its 41st annual conference with Pinnacol Assurance on January 18–19, 2008. “Within a Reasonable Degree of Medical Probability” will be held at the Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows in Littleton, Colorado.

This year's conference will be a combination of clinical and medical-legal issues. The keynote address will encompass a panel of physicians and attorneys from Colorado with case presentations and discussions about various aspects of the medical-legal views of causation and the issues related to causation analysis.

Featured speakers will be Dr Stanley Bigos, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, who will provide insight into issues behind occupational causation and the analysis of causation, and Dr Jeff Runge from the Office of Homeland Security, who will speak about the occupational health care provider and their role and participation in disaster management.

Other speakers include Dr Carlton Clinkscales of Hand Surgery Associates, and Dr James Ogsbury III and Dr Scott Primack of Colorado Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine. Dr Kathryn Mueller, Medical Director of the State of Colorado, Division of Workers' Compensation, will present updates from the Division.

For more information contact Janessa Conca, RMAOEM Event Coordinator, by telephone: 303/798-1210; e-mail:; or visit the component web site:

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center will present two workshops next January in Cincinnati. “Spirometry for Physicians” is scheduled January 14–16, while “Respiratory Protection & Fit Testing” will be held January 22–24.

The 3-day “Spirometry for Physicians” deals with all aspects of spirometry testing using a combination of lectures and hands-on practice. Participants will learn the proper technique necessary to obtain test results meeting all NIOSH and American Thoracic Society (ATS) requirements. In addition, they will learn how to calculate specific test results and understand their meaning. Predicted values, significant changes from year-to-year, calibration, and interpretation of tests results are covered. There are no prerequesites.

“Respiratory Protection & Fit Testing” workshop includes a comprehensive one-day “Overview of Respiratory Protection” (January 22) with an optional two-day “Fit Testing Workshop” (January 23–24) 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.

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

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