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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 8 - p 978-979
doi: 10.1097/01.jom.0000333604.45131.eb
People and Events

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ACOEM and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are now accepting applications for the 2009 Medical Fellow Research Program Grant. This program is open to OEM residents only to assist in funding their research project. The Medical Fellow selected will conduct a 9-month research initiative focusing on one of the medical standards or relevant issues for commercial motor vehicle health and safety. The research can be a review and analysis of existing data collected through FMCSA or original research. The grant is intended to cover research costs, materials, and travel expenses to FMCSA 3 times during the course of the 9-month project. Contact Doris Konicki, ACOEM Director of Research, at with questions or for an application. Completed applications are due by September 2, 2008. The recipient(s) will be notified by October 5, 2008.

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center, will hold its 20th Annual Occupational Medicine Update on September 19–20, 2008, at the Hilton Sandestin Resort in Sandestin, FL. The Florida Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society, will cosponsor this program.

Topics include: “Expert Testimony: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”; “Safer Work with Infectious Agents: Optimizing Occupational Health in Research and Public Health Response”; “MASH in Mississippi: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina”; “Need for Recovery from Work: A New Direction in Occupational Stress Research and Intervention”; and “Emerging Infections: Preparing for the Unknown.”

Meeting information and registration forms can be accessed at; telephone: 205/934-7178; or e-mail:

The Michigan Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (MOEMA) will meet September 25–26, 2008, at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, MI. The program is entitled “Current Topics in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2008.”

On October 22, MOEMA will conduct a session followed by the annual Carey Pratt McCord Dinner Lecture entitled “Engineered Polymer Nanoparticle Platforms: Imaging and Safety” during the 143rd Annual Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) meeting to be held on October 22–24 at the Somerset Inn in Troy, MI.

For additional information about MOEMA activities, contact Karen Carter, Executive Secretary; telephone: 313/874-1360, ext. 21; e-mail:; web site: For information about the MSMS meeting, visit their web site at or contact them via e-mail at

ACOEM is offering a series of educational courses, November 6–9, 2008, in Albuquerque, NM. The “Fall Course Cluster” will begin with a 1-day Practice Guidelines course on Thursday, November 6, 2008. On Friday, November 7, another 1-day course, Health & Productivity Management (HPM) Clinic: Moving Health to the Bottom Line, and three 2-day courses—Occupational Medicine Board Review, Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Techniques, and the MRO I Comprehensive Course—will begin. (The MRO I Comprehensive runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday noon, with the MROCC certification examination to follow.)

For additional information or to register on-line, visit the web site at Call the ACOEM Education Department at 847/818-1800, ext. 391, with course questions; telephone registration is available at ext. 374.

The New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM), an ACOEM component society, will meet September 27, 2008, in the Federal Ballroom at Old Sturbridge Village, MA. “How to Decrease Cardiovascular Mortality in Your Fire Department” will be presented jointly by NECOEM and the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Connecticut. Sessions consist of “Cardiovascular Disease in Firefighters: State of the Science”; “Setting Up and Assessing Fitness Programs”; “NFPA Medical Guidelines”; “Combat Challenge Guidelines”; “Combat Challenge Demo” and a panel discussion.

On December 4–5, the NECOEM/MaAOHN Annual Conference will take place at the Bedford Glen Hotel in Bedford, MA. Highlights will include the annual presentation of the Harriet Hardy Award to Howard Frumkin, MD, MPH, DrPH, Director of the National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, on December 4, and the first annual William B. Patterson Memorial Lecture: Excellence in OEM by Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, Associate Professor and Center Director of the Rocky Mountain Center of Occupational and Environmental Health, entitled “The Art of RE-Learning What We Think We Already Know” on December 5.

Sessions on December 4–5 will include: “Occupational Contact Dermatitis”; “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussive Symptoms”; “Foot and Ankle Injuries in Occupational Medicine”; “DOT Update: Case Presentations”; “Use of EMG Studies in Occupational Medicine”; “Musculoskeletal Injury Management in Sports versus Occupational Injuries”; “MRO New Developments”; “MRSA Infections Update”; “Cultural Competence and Legal Issues with Emerging Immigrant Workforce”; “Honing Clinical Skills: Identifying Patient Deception in OH”; “Navigating the 4Cs of Workers Compensation”; and “Incident Command Systems: The Critical Role Played by the Occupational Health Professional.”

For information about NECOEM and on-line registration for programs, visit their web site at For additional assistance, contact Dianne Plantamura, NECOEM Executive Director, at 978/373-5597 or via e-mail at

The 136th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association and Exposition is scheduled October 25–29, 2008. “Public Health Without Borders” will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

This conference will address current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. It will explore transnational public health and provide a forum to address a diversity of topics including immigrant and refugee health; water and land rights; coordinating disease surveillance and epidemiologic response activities across borders; air and water pollution management across borders; and the international transmission of socio-cultural behaviors with adverse health implications. The target audience is physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists.

For additional information and on-line registration visit the APHA web site at, or contact them at 800 I Street, Washington DC 20001–3710; telephone: 202/777-2742; e-mail:

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