The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) will sponsor three courses in February 2009 in Tampa, Fla. The one-day “Commercial Driver Medical Examiner” will be held February 20; the new “Medical Review Officer (MRO) Assistant” course is scheduled on February 21; and the two-day “MRO I: Fast Track” will be held February 21–22.
The “Commercial Driver Medical Examiner” course is for the physician, physician’s assistant, advanced practice nurse, occupational health nurse, or other health care professional responsible for or involved in certifying the 8 million truck and bus drivers on the road who are required to meet 13 interstate federal medical requirements. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s). Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the course director.
“MRO I: Drug & Alcohol Testing Fast Track” course fully meets the US Department of Transportation’s qualification training requirements for MROs and is designed for physicians and other collection and health care professionals who are familiar with basic substance abuse testing procedures. The course is also appropriate for MROs who seek the required CME hours for initial certification or recertification opportunities from the MRO Certification Council. ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s). ACOEM’s MRO courses are directed by Kent Peterson, MD, FACOEM.
ACOEM’s new single day “MRO Assistant” course is designed to educate individuals to become qualified assistants to MROs. Participants will learn practical skills that assure the MRO, the employer, and the donor that his or her duties are performed in a consistent and professional manner throughout the entire drug testing process.
For more information about these and other College-sponsored courses, contact: ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Blvd, Ste 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; fax: 847/818-9266; web site: www.acoem.org.
Ronald R. Loeppke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, has been appointed CoChairman of the National Advisory Board of US Preventive Medicine, Inc. The Board is focused on researching the role of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in improving health and productivity in the workplace, as well as in the home.
Dr Loeppke is Executive Vice President of Health and Productivity for Alere of Brentwood, Tenn., formerly Matria Healthcare. Before that, he held the positions of Chief Medical Officer, Chief Strategic Officer, and Executive Vice President for CorSolutions, and was the Founder, President and CEO of the Health and Productivity Corporation of America.
Dr Loeppke received his MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and his MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in public health and general preventive medicine.
Dr Loeppke joined ACOEM in 1987 and achieved Fellow status in 1994. He currently is a Director on the ACOEM Board of Directors and cochairs the Section on Health and Productivity. He has served on numerous ACOEM committees and councils and was Conference Chair of the 1996 SOTAC held in Toronto, Canada, and a board member for the Occupational Physicians Scholarship Fund. Dr Loeppke was coeditor of ACOEM’s 1998 book Integrated Health Management and the recent lead author of “Health and Productivity as a Business Strategy” in JOEM’s July 2007 issue. He is a member of the Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TCOEM), an ACOEM component society, and former member of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, where he served that component as President and member of their Board of Directors.
ACOEM is saddened to learn of the passing of the following members:
Melvin A. Amundsen, MD, FACOEM, 74, formerly of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a past member of the ACOEM Board of Directors, died August 25, 2008. Dr Amundsen received his MD from Northwestern Medical School. Following an internship, he was a fellow in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic from 1959 to 1962. He secured a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellowship from 1960 to 1961, and was awarded the Mayo Foundation H.V. Jones Award for Superior Ability in Medical Science for his work on hypercoagulability. After serving in the Army Medical Corps, Dr Amundsen entered private practice in Denver. He then served as staff physician at Mountain Bell from 1971 to 1973, and was medical director from 1973 to 1978. He moved back to Rochester in 1980, and joined the staff at Mayo Clinic. While at Mayo, he served as chair of the Division of Preventive Medicine and director of the OM Residency Program. He was also an assistant professor at the Mayo Medical School before retiring in 1998.
Dr Amundsen joined ACOEM in 1971 and was elevated to Fellowship in 1983. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Occupational Medicine (AAOM—one of ACOEM’s parent organizations) in 1984 and served until 1989 when AAOM merged with AOMA to form ACOEM. Dr Amundsen also served on numerous ACOEM committees and as a member of the House of Delegates. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Academy of OEM, and the North Central OEMA (now Central States). Dr Amundsen was certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine.
Thomas J. Doyle, MD, FACOEM, of Alpharetta, Ga., died September 4, 2008, at age 83. A member of ACOEM for more than 50 years, Dr Doyle was a former Speaker of the House of Delegates (1989–1990) and member of the Board of Directors (1985–1990). He also served on numerous committees and was past president of the New York OMA (1973–1975).
Dr Doyle received his MD in 1950 from the State University of New York College of Medicine. After completing his residency training in internal medicine at the Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, N.Y., Dr Doyle joined the Sperry Gyroscope Company as plant physician. After 10 years service with Sperry, Dr Doyle joined Consolidated Edison of New York, and was later named that company’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr Doyle served Edison for more than 25 years. A member of ACOEM since 1955, Dr Doyle was elevated to Fellowship in 1959. He was honored by the College in 1991 when he received that year’s Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding leadership in ACOEM.
Lynda J. Lombardo, MD, MPH, 48, of Sacramento, Calif., passed away on July 6, 2008. Dr Lombardo received her MD from the St. Louis University Medical School, and completed her occupational medicine residency at the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health at West Virginia University. She was certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine. Dr Lombardo practiced at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco (now CPMC), San Francisco General Hospital, and Catholic Health Care West in Sacramento. In addition, she was an assistant professor at the UCSF Medical Center. Dr Lombardo joined ACOEM in 1996 as a student/resident member, and was awarded an OPSF Scholarship in 1997. Upon completion of her medical training, Dr Lombardo became an active member of ACOEM in 2002.
Herbert L. Northrop, MD, FACOEM, of Las Cruces, N.M, died May 2, 2008, at age 78. Dr Northrop received his MD from Hahnemann Medical College. He entered occupational medicine in 1961 when he joined Lansdale Clinic in Lansdale, Pa. In 1969, he was named medical director of Philco-Ford Corporation’s Lansdale division. He later joined Ford Motor Company in Dearborn as associate medical director, before being named director of occupational medicine in 1975, for Stauffer Chemical Company in Westport, Conn. A member of ACOEM since 1966, Dr Northrop was elevated to Fellowship in 1975. He was an active member of the Philadelphia OEMS, serving on the Board of Directors (1970–1971) and as Treasurer (1971–1972).
Allen R. Woolf, MD, chief medical officer for CIGNA Group Insurance in Philadelphia, died September 17, 2008, at age 53. Dr Woolf was employed with CIGNA for 23 years. Before joining CIGNA Group Insurance, Dr Woolf served as medical officer for CIGNA Behavioral Health/Care Allies—now CIGNA Health Solutions. A member of ACOEM since 1999, Dr Woolf received his MD from Harvard Medical School. He was certified in pediatrics and completed his pediatric residence at the University of Washington. During his career, he held numerous leadership and committee positions in medical societies, hospitals, and public and private sector task forces.