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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 3 - p 375-376
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31816a84d8
People and Events

The 93rd American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC®) will be held April 13–16, 2008, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. AOHC is the annual spring meeting of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Pre-conference courses will be offered April 11–12.

Educational activities will include General, Concurrent, and Meal Sessions as well as the Scholar Series Sessions. Various topics include: “Cardiovascular Disease in Emergency Responders”; “Therapeutic Communication”; “How Do I Convince a Worker That I am Not the Company's Doctor?”; “Emerging Infectious Issues and Health Risks in Laboratories and Medical Centers”; “Workers' Compensation Reform – One Lawyer's Perspective”; “First Responder Fitness for Duty – A Preview of ACOEM's Medical Guidance for the Law Enforcement Officer plus State-of-the-Art Updates for Firefighter Examinations”; “OEM Needs of Immigrant Workers”; “Silicosis and Silica: Can They Coexist?”; “What's New in Air Pollution”; “Managing the Difficult Physician”; “Ergonomic Aspects of Upper Extremity Injuries in Musicians”; “Medical Fraud – A Continuing Concern”; “Children and Environmental Health”; “The Evolution of ACOEM Guidelines—Improved Methodology and the Latest Evidence-based Management of Lower Back, Elbow, and Chronic Pain”; “Update on the World Trade Center”; “Depression in the Workplace”; and “Hands on Orthopedics.” Worksite visits (pre-registration by March 27 is required) to a New York Fire Department, U.S. Postal Service Center, and Federal Reserve Bank Cash Operation are also offered.

Other conference highlights include the Sunday morning, April 13, Opening Session at which the Sappington Memorial Lecture will be presented. Howard Frumkin, MD, Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry and the National Center for Environmental Health, will speak on Urban Sprawl and Public Health. The ACOEM Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 15, where the 2008 Class of Fellows will be inducted and current President, Robert K. McLellan, MD, FACOEM, will pass the gavel to his successor, Robert R. Orford, MD, FACOEM.

ACOEM designates AOHC 2008 for a maximum of 25.5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. For additional information or registration, contact ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800, fax: 847/818-9266; Web site: On-line registration is also available at

Several pre-conference courses will be presented by ACOEM in April 2008 prior to AOHC® in New York City. The MRO Advanced and the Health and Productivity Management (HPM) Clinic will be held Friday, April 11; Basic Curriculum in Occupational Medicine Segment 2, MRO I Comprehensive, and Occupational Medicine Board Review will be held Friday and Saturday, April 11–12; and Medical Center Occupational Health and Safety will be conducted on Saturday, April 12.

MRO Advanced one-day course is design for experienced MROs and offers the latest science, regulations and practical aspects of drug and alcohol testing. The 2008 changes to DOT specimen validity testing requirements and the latest state drug testing laws will be reviewed as well as discussing the practical aspects of building an MRO practice, including liability and pricing. A tutorial instructing MROs how to review hair testing and oral fluid “alternative specimen” results will also be presented. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM

The one-day Health and Productivity Management (HPM) Clinic 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 their case for change to senior management. It provides a strong foundation in health and productivity management for those seeking a basic or applied level of understanding. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM

MRO I Comprehensive two-day course is an 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.TM

The two-day Occupational Medicine Board Review offers preparation for taking the certifying or recertifying exam. Refresh your knowledge of the exam's content, identify strengths and weaknesses during preparation, and learn how to concentrate on areas needing additional review. The Board Review is designated for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM

Basic Curriculum in Occupational Medicine is for physicians interested in, but not particularly familiar with occupational medicine. Segment 2 (April 11–12) focuses on fundamentals of toxicology, workplace drug testing, occupational dermatoses, reproductive health issues in the workplace, and low back problems, among other topics. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM Segment 3 is offered in Chicago (July 12–13) and Segment 1 will be scheduled next year. Segments can be taken in any order.

Medical Center Occupational Health and Safety, a one-day course, enables physicians and other providers of occupational medical services acquire an increased level of sophistication related to the growing complexity of health care environments and develop a broad up-to-date knowledge base about hospital specific-hazards. It covers teaching the realities of program implementation and organization of services and is divided into two main areas – scientific review of biological, chemical, and physical hazards and programmatic discussions. It is designated for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM

For additional information or registration, contact ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800, fax: 847/818-9266; Web site:

The Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM), an ACOEM component society, will hold its annual meeting May 3 in conjunction with TexMed 2008, the Texas Medical Association Meeting scheduled May 2–3 in San Antonio.

The venues for TexMed 2008 will be the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk. Texas Medical Association's 141st annual session, expo, and educational showcase will consist of more than 130 hours of CME programming and feature 160 exhibits. For additional information about TexMed 2008 visit their web site at For information about the TxCOEM meeting, contact Arch Carson, MD, at

The XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, a Global Forum for Prevention, will be held June 29 to July 2, 2008, in Seoul, Korea. “Safety and Health at Work: A Societal Responsibility” will be held at the COEX Convention Center.

The Congress organizers are the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA). A one-day “Safety and Health Summit” will precede the Congress where selected leaders will meet to reflect on safety and health at work as a basic human right and a means to economic growth and development.

Topics include “Strategies and Program of Safety and Health for the Future”; “Impact of Changing Working Conditions on Workers' Protection”; “New Challenges and Opportunities in Occupational Safety and Health”; and “Safety and Health Management Systems.” Technical visits include Advanced Global Electronics Technology: Samsung Electronics; Safety and Health in the Oil Business: SK Incheon Oil; Emergency Services in Amusement Parks: Everland; Ergonomics in the Entertainment Industry: Seoul Land; Automobile Manufacturing Technology: KIA Motors; and Safety System for Bridge Construction Projects: Amsa Bridge Construction Site.

For additional information and registration, contact the Secretariat, World Congress on Safety and Health, KOSHA, 34–4 Gusan-dong, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon 403–711, Republic of Korea; telephone: +82–32-5100–654, 658, 748; e-mail:; Web site:

Medichem's 36th Congress will be held September 9–11, 2008, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the Artis Royal Zoo. Medichem is the Scientific Committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health in the Chemical Industry. Its 2008 conference is entitled “Innovation in Occupational Health.”

The targeted audience is medical directors and medical staff of chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and related industries, and those with an interest in industrial toxicology. Topics will include nanotechnologies and related HSE-issues; biomonecs (biological monitoring for carcinogenic substances); toxicogenomics; workplace assessment methods for different exposure routes; the actual significance and possible uses of early health effect markers and a more practical approach in addressing health risks of nanotechnologies; and ethical handling of human data as well as a risk framework for integrating human and animal data in chemical risk assessment.

For additional Medichem Congress information or to register, visit their web site at or e-mail

The Inhaled Particles X (IPX) Conference, organized by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), will be held September 23–25, 2008, in Manchester, UK, at the Manchester University Conference Center.

IPX will consist of a full range of disciplines and scientists concerned with the protection of health from inhaled particles in the workplace, in outdoor air, and in the general indoor environment. Topics will include dust control, emissions, exposure measurement, particle deposition and clearance, mechanisms of damage, link exposure with risk, and setting standards.

For more information, visit the BOHS web site at or contact the conference organizer, Lee Kenny at

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