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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 9 - p 1108-1110
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181b986dd
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Impairment without Disability 2nd Annual Conference, will be conducted through the Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development on September 24–25, 2009. It will be held at the Rochester Art Center and Kahler Heritage Hall in Rochester, Minn.

Featured speaker will be Kevin Kling, a playwright, storyteller, and commentator for National Public Radio. Other faculty will present on a variety of topics with the focus on the health care provider’s role in effectively managing workplace disability. Topics include medical management of behavioral health issues in the workplace; review of ACOEM, AMA, and APA disability guidelines for stay-at-work and return-to-work; identification of obstacles and opportunities—stakeholders roles and expectations; evidence-based decision-making in return-to-work; non-compliant patients; and chronic pain models.

For additional information and registration, visit the conference web site at, or contact Sheila Benson, Project Manager at Mayo Recovery and Claims Services, with questions at 507/284-2126; e-mail: [email protected].

Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society, will meet October 17 at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The program is entitled “Preparedness for Pandemic Flu: The Federal, State, and Local Response and the Occupational Health Team.”

For additional information, contact Keith Choi, Johns Hopkins ERC Program Coordinator, Continuing Education: telephone: 410/955-4088; e-mail: [email protected]; web site:

ACOEM component, the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM), will hold a dinner meeting September 30 at the Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, Mass. “Challenges to Finding Solutions to the Health and Productivity Problem: Depression in the Workplace” will be presented by Debra Lerner, MS, PhD, Senior Scientist at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

The NECOEM Annual Meeting will be December 3–4 in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MaAOHN). “Challenging Global Times: Forging Ahead in Occupational and Environmental Medicine” will take place at the Boston Marriott Newton. Highlights on December 3 will include the annual presentation of the Harriet Hardy Award to Donald Milton, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, who will speak on “Pandemic Influenza and Protection of Health Care Workers,” and the featured lecture “Occupational and Environmental Medicine Meets Green and Healthy Health care—the Future is Now” by Paul Lipke of HealthCare Without Harm. On December 4, the second annual William B. Patterson Memorial Lecture will be presented by Glenn Pransky, MD, entitled “Achieving Excellence in Occupational Medicine through Leadership and Practice Improvement: A View from the Writings of Bill Patterson.”

Topics on December 3–4 include diagnosis of shoulder injuries in occupational medicine, orthopedic management of occupational hand injuries, outpatient opioid management in the injured worker, surgical considerations for the injured worker with low back pain, health hazards of fossil fuels, respirator safety in workers with COPD and asthma, recent FMLA developments and the OEM provider, adolescent and child labor at home and abroad, OSHA’s voluntary protection program, and smoking cessation in the workplace, among others.

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 [email protected].

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) will be held from October 29 to November 1, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Program topics will include management of difficult pathogens such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile, drug-resistant mycobacteria, and Gram-negative bacilli and fungi; infectious diseases (ID) and HIV; ID challenges in transplantation and cancer; health care infection control practices; seasonal influenza; Hepatitis B and C; neglected tropical diseases; antibiotic lock therapy; and travel medicine and infections in special populations, among others.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) will conduct a 2-day course on October 27–28 in conjunction with the IDSA meeting. “Intensive Update Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers′ Health” will provide an overview of core topics in clinical tropical medicine and sessions on tropical illness caused by viral, bacterial, mycobacterial, protozoal, helminthic, and ectoparasitic agents. Information on pre- and post-travel consultations, immunizations and evaluations, and proper care of moderate to high-risk travelers will also be presented.

For more information about the IDSA meeting, visit their web site at, or e-mail IDSA at [email protected]. For additional ASTMH course information, contact them via e-mail at [email protected], or access their web site at

The Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center (ERC) for Occupational Safety and Health in Baltimore, Md, will be the site for an NIOSH-approved Spirometry Refresher Course and a CAOHC-approved Hearing Conservation Refresher Course in November.

The Spirometry Refresher Course scheduled November 4, 2009, is designed to provide review for health professionals who conduct or interpret spirometry tests in industrial and clinical settings. Course Director is Mary Townsend, DrPH.

The Hearing Refresher Course on November 5, 2009, will provide instruction in audiometric testing through lecture and practicum experience for professionals who administer audiometric testing. Course Director is Timothy Swisher, MA, CCC-A.

Registration forms may be downloaded from Questions can be directed to Mary Doyle, MPH, Director of ERC Continuing Education, at [email protected] or by telephone at 410/955-0423.

The 137th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) will be held November 7–11, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

“Water and Public Health: The 21st Century Challenge” includes a combination of more than 1000 scientific sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, institutes, and panel discussions about the challenges modern water systems face from chemical contaminations, waterborne diseases, supply shortages, water treatment and sanitation, and deteriorating, outdated infrastructures, and what can be done to protect our health and this resource.

For additional information, contact APHA, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; telephone: 202/777-2742. Or, visit the APHA web site ( where more details and on-line registration are available.

The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, will be offering courses November 12–14, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in San Francisco, Calif.

“Health and Safety in Transportation Workers: Air, Sea, and Land” on November 12, will consist of the following topics: railway workers, ergonomic and respiratory hazards; acute and chronic trauma in transportation workers, epidemiology and prevention; occupational safety and health of fisherman and mariners; diving and hyperbaric environments; sleep-rest cycles; implications for professional drivers; cabin air quality and airline worker health; and a panel discussion about special examinations and surveillance for drivers, pilots, and other fitness for duty.

“Occupational and Environmental Medicine Update” on November 13–14 will include topics ranging from occupational exposures to cleaners and disinfectants, allergic versus irritant responses; asthma update, novel agents and evolving concepts; laboratory animal allergy; and risk factors for rheumatic diseases; to knee injury, return to work after surgery strategies; alternative and complementary therapies for musculoskeletal conditions; gene-environment interactions, practical implications from a clinical perspective; and environmental medicine grand rounds, case-based presentations, among others.

For additional information and on-line registration, visit the UCSF web site at For inquiries or telephone registration, call 415/476-5808.

The 58th American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting is scheduled November 18–22, 2009, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This event will consist of plenary and scientific sessions, abstracts (oral and poster) and symposia, as well as pre-meeting courses—“The Intersection of Nutrition and Infectious Disease: Challenges and Opportunities for Studying Nutrition/Disease Interactions in the Developing World” and “The Highly Prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): Update on Clinical Aspects and Novel Approaches to Control” on November 17 and 18.

The Opening Plenary Session will be presented on November 18 by Peter Agre, MD, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.

Additional program information and on-line registration are available at Early registration deadline is September 23. The cost is $440 for members; $650 for non-members. For more information, contact ASTMH, 111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100, Deerfield, IL 60015; telephone: 847/480-9592; e-mail: [email protected].

ACOEM is offering five of its courses November 20–22, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. Health and Productivity Management (HPM) Clinic will be held November 20; the 2-day course offerings of Basic Curriculum in Occupational Medicine Segment 2, MRO I Fast Track, and Occupational Medicine Board Review are scheduled November 20–21; and MRO Assistant will be presented November 21.

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.

Basic Curriculum, Segment 2, focuses on fundamentals of toxicology, workplace drug testing, occupational dermatoses, reproductive health issues in the workplace, and low-back problems, among other topics. The three segments of the Basic Curriculum can be taken in any order.

MRO I: Drug & Alcohol Testing Fast Track fully meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s qualification training requirements for medical review officers (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 Medical Review Officer Certification Council.

The MRO Assistant course is designed to educate individuals to become qualified assistants to medical review officers (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. This course allows MRO Assistants to train with MROs during certain segments of the day.

Occupational Medicine Board Review offers preparation for taking the certifying or recertifying examination. Refresh your knowledge of the examination’s content, identify strengths and weaknesses during preparation, and learn how to concentrate on areas needing additional review. Sample questions and test-taking strategies are also provided.

Contact ACOEM for additional information or registration: ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Blvd, Ste 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; fax: 847/818-9266; web site:

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