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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 2 - p 223-224
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318166b06c
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The “Winter Scientific Meeting” of the Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NAOEM), one of ACOEM's component societies, will be held February 22–24, 2008, at the Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Ore. ACOEM President, Robert K. McLellan, MD, will present “ACOEM: Update and New Directions.”

Other topics will include: “Bronchiolitis Obliterans: From Obscure to Obvious”; “Piriformis Syndrome: Non-Spinal Cause of Radiculopathy”; “Automated External Defibrillation (AEDs) in the Federal Workplace”; “Examination of the Wrist”; “Occupational Manganese-Induced Parkinsonism in Italy and China”; “The Quest for Universal Outcome Tool: Anathema or Salvation”; “The Patient Who Won't Return to Work”; “Obesity in the Workplace”; “L & I Update”; and “Treating Acute Musculoskeletal Pain.”

For more information contact Beth Chapman, Executive Director, NAOEM, 2033 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1100, Seattle, WA 98121; telephone: 206/956-3642, fax: 206/441-5863; e-mail:; Web site:

The 30th Annual Carroll P. Hungate Seminar on Occupational and Environmental Health will be held February 29 to March 1, 2008, at the Marriott Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. The seminar is sponsored by the Great Plains College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (GPCOEM), an ACOEM component society.

Ellison H. Wittels, MD, will present the John W. Hardy Lecture entitled “Returning the High Risk Driver to Work” on February 29. Other topics during the two-day event will include: “When Domestic Violence Comes to Work: Signs to Watch and Strategies for Response”; “Lymphedema and Considerations in the Workplace”; “Gastric Bypass”; “Are You Ready for Some Employee Litigation?”; “Sleep Disorders and DOT”; “Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: The Basics”; “MRSA: Scourge of the 21st Century”; “Common Disorders of the Knee in Occupational Medicine”; “Update on Tuberculosis”; “21st Century Burn Care – What's New and How Burn Centers Can Help”; and “Do Not Look on the Website: Certification at a Time of Change.”

For more information contact Linda Link, Executive Secretary, GPCOEM, 9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 114, Kansas City, MO 64114; telephone: 816/523-3383; e-mail:

The Central States Occupational Medical Association (CSOMA), a component society of ACOEM, will hold its 84th Annual Spring Seminar, “Occupational Medicine – Back to the Future!” on March 14–15, 2008. This meeting will be preceded by a one-day program on March 13 entitled “Occupational Medicine – Where Medicine Meets the Workplace.” Both offerings will be held at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville in Lisle, Ill.

Topics included on March 13 will be “DOT Medical Certification: How To Do Them and Pitfalls of Doing Exams”; “Occupational Shoulder Injuries”; “Occupational Hand Injuries”; “Basics of Travel Risks in Occupational Medicine”; “Occupational Back Pain and Spinal Injury Pearls”; and “Occupational Neurotoxins.”

On March 14, Roy L. DeHart, MD, ACOEM Past President, will speak as the National Leadership Award Recipient, and Joel R. Bender, MD, FACOEM, will present the keynote address “The Cost of Health Care in Corporate America.” Other presentations on March 14–15 will include “Metal Cutting Fluids and Problems They Present”; “Occupationally Related Pulmonary Disease”; “Occupational Medicine and the ADA”; “Nanotechnology: Back to the Future, Biohazards of Nanotechnology – How Do We Prepare”; “New Technology Challenges to Occupational Medicine”; “Cumulative Trauma Disorders”; “Pre-hospital Trauma Care Systems”; “National and International Direction in Ergonomics”; and a panel discussion entitled “Difficult 10% and How to Handle Them.”

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

The University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine will offer “Occupational and Environmental Medicine Respiratory Disease” on March 27, 2008, and an “Occupational and Environmental Medicine Update” on March 28–29, 2008, at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel in San Francisco, Calif.

These courses will provide the experienced clinician with a review of clinical toxicology, epidemiology, and the evaluation of occupational and environmental diseases and injuries with a component focused on issues specifically pertinent to occupationally and environmentally-related respiratory disease.

The March 27 Respiratory Disease course will focus on inhalational syndromes, asbestos and silica-caused lung disease, occupational asthma, the pathology of occupational and environmental lung disease, emerging occupational lung diseases, occupational lung cancer, and vocational factors in sleep-disturbed breathing.

The March 28–29 OEM Update will review rhinitis, perchlorates, occupational hearing loss, hobby exposures as occupational and environmental risks, indoor air issues, selected travel medicine topics, health effects of mold, Parkinsonism and other neurodegenerative disorders, occupational zoonoses, the agricultural environment, and occupational medicine in the current biopharmaceutical industry.

For additional information related to the courses, call 415/476-4251; for registration information, call 415/476-5808 or visit their web site at

Washington Occupational Health Associates (WOHA) is sponsoring its biannual Occupational Hearing Conservation Course on May 28–30, 2008, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. This Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation course encompasses all three days for certification, or a single day (May 29) for re-certification. The fall offering of this course will be held November 3–5 with the re-certification course scheduled on November 4. These 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 contact WOHA, 1120 19th Street, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036; telephone: 800/777-9642 or 202/463-6698; e-mail: or; Web site:

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