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Section Editor(s): Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 8 - p 986-987
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181b50256
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ACOEM component, Michigan Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (MOEMA), will hold its 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on September 24–25 at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich. The program is entitled “Current Topics in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009.” A preconference program on spirometry will be held on September 23 (separate registration is required for this activity).

ASM topics include “Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Lean Work Settings”; “Low-Level Mercury Exposure and Peripheral Nerve Function”; “Risk Factors for Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders in an Automobile Assembly Plant”; “Ethics in Occupational Medicine”; “Deposition 101”; “Litigation of a Workers Compensation Claim”; “Cardiovascular and Cancer Risk in Firefighters”; “Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine”; “Toxic Neuropathies You May Encounter”; “Traumatic Brain Injury”; “Miasmas in the 21st Century”; “Demystifying Metabolic Syndrome: Therapeutic Lifestyle Change and Potential Pharmacotherapies”; “Wireless Technologies, 24/7 Lifestyle and Workforce Health”; and “Can I Work?: The Science, or Lack of, Behind Physician Imposed Activity/Work Restrictions.”

In addition, MOEMA will conduct a session followed by the annual Carey Pratt McCord Dinner Lecture on October 21 during the 144th Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Meeting at the Somerset Inn in Troy, Mich.

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

Tri-State Occupational Medical Association (TSOMA), an ACOEM component society, will meet on October 3 in the Columbus area at the Ohio State Medical Association in Hilliard, Ohio. Topics covered will include neuropsych testing, occupational cancers—evaluating clusters using a recent case, pain management, occupational disorders of the upper extremity, sleep disruption in shift workers, traumatic brain injury, and assessment and treatment of knee injuries for an occupational physician.

This meeting will be preceded by ACOEM's Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) Course on October 2. It is critical for all persons involved in certifying the medical fitness of commercial drivers to be fully aware of the available guidance and medical literature that should be considered as part of the certification determination. It is ACOEM's intent that this course will meet the eventual educational requirements of FMCSA's proposed National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

For additional information on the TSOMA meeting, contact Edward J. McVay, MD, MPH, at or by telephone at 814/375-3000. For information or on-line registration for the CDME course, visit the ACOEM web site at, or call 847/818-1800, ext. 374, to register by telephone.

The 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference will be held on October 26–28 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Ga. “Healthy People in a Healthy Environment” is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health and by the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Association.

This conference seeks to promote the nation's environmental health capacity by enhancing the expertise of environmental health professionals including public health and healthcare professionals, academic researchers, representatives from communities and organizations, as well as advocacy and business groups. It consists of six tracks—Healthy Places; Public Health and Environmental Exposures; Sustainability and Public Health; Environmental Systems and Public Health; Environmental Health Emergencies; and Environmental Health Science and Practice.

For more information, visit the conference web site at where on-line registration is available. For questions about registration or the conference, call Donald Cook at 800/772-8232 or contact him via e-mail at

The American Industrial Hygiene Association's (AIHAs) Academy of Industrial Hygiene will sponsor its Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene (PCIH) on October 3–6, 2009, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. “Best Practices, Best Performance, and Best Standards” will be held at the Fairmont Hotel.

Topics include “Preventing Hearing Loss in the Construction Industry”; “Control Measures for Nanoparticles”; “Confined Space Entry—Best Practices, Best Standards, Best Performances”; “The Benefits of Best Practices, OSHA's VPP Program and Results”; “Core Competencies”; and “OELs—The Challenge Ahead” among others.

For additional information, contact AIHA, 2700 Prosperity Ave., #250, Fairfax, Va. 22031; telephone: 703/849-8888; e-mail:; web site:

The Finish Institute of Occupational Health will sponsor a conference February 10–12, 2010, in Helsinki, Finland. “Toward Better Work and Well-being” will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

This international conference will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies and tools for the promotion of health and well-being at the workplace and their links to productivity, as well as learn what service systems are available for workplaces in different countries. The conference encompasses the concept of well-being as health, safety, psychosocial, and work environmental domains.

Additional information and on-line registration can be accessed through the “Information” area of the Institute's web site at Questions can be directed to The deadline for early registration is November 2.

ACOEM webinar “Advocating for a Successful Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination” will be presented on September 30, 2009. This 60-minute webinar will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time (11:00 am Central) and will explore novel and evidence-based strategies for maximizing employee participation in medical center influenza vaccination programs.

Featured speakers include William Buchta, MD, Medical Director of Employee Occupational Health Services at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and Melanie Swift, MD, Medical Director of the Occupational Health Clinic at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Register for this Continuing Medical Education opportunity on-line at through the Continuing Education, Distance Learning/Online Opportunities area, or call ACOEM Registration at 847/818-1800, ext. 374.

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