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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2010 - Volume 52 - Issue 9 - p 947
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f5f842
People and Events

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The Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OCOEM), one of the ACOEM's component societies, will hold a dinner meeting September 28, 2010, at Bravo Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma's prescription monitoring program will be discussed.

Contact Karen S. Ryan, MD, OCOEM Executive Administrator, for additional details at 918/691-9592 or

The New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (NYOEMA), an ACOEM component society, has scheduled its annual meeting on October 30, 2010, at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. The featured presentation will be “Are You Prepared for the New Workers Compensation in New York?”

For additional information, contact Natalie Ruoff, NYOEMA Executive Secretary, at 212/684-4670 or via e-mail at

ACOEM will hold a series of fall courses November 5–7, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, Wash. The 2-day “MRO I: Comprehensive” course will be held November 5–6. The 1.5-day “Occupational Medicine Board Review” and the 2-day “Medical Center Occupational Health and Safety” and “Foundations of Occupational Medicine: Segment 1” courses will be offered November 6–7.

ACOEM designates each of the 2-day educational activities for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s)™. These activities also satisfy 15 ABPM MOC credits. ACOEM designates the “Occupational Medicine Board Review,” for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s)™. This activity also satisfies 12 ABPM MOC credits.

For more information, visit the ACOEM web site at or call the ACOEM Education Department at 847/818-1800, ext. 391. Registration is available on-line or by calling 847/818-1800, ext. 374.

The Helena Conference for Occupational and Environmental Health will be held November 4–5, 2010, at the Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel, Helena, Mont. The conference is presented by Montana State Fund and the Northwest Research and Education Institute in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, along with the University of Utah's Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health.

Presentations provide information that will aid the maximization of patient outcomes from work-related illnesses or injuries due to indoor environmental quality, mold exposure, ergonomic factors, upper extremity, and neck and back injuries, which result in lost productivity and often chronic pain, through the utilization of evidence-based medical practice. Differences between the 5th and 6th editions of the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment will also be discussed.

For additional information, contact Bridget McGregor, Montana State Fund: telephone: 406/495-5277; e-mail:

The 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) will be held November 6–10, 2010, at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, Colo.

“Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative” will address current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. The program will consist of 1000 scientific sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, institutes and panel discussions where more than 4000 scientific articles will be presented.

The APHA exposition will feature 700 exhibitors from November 7–10. The Closing General Session on November 10 will focus on the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and discuss their implications for the current health system at the local, state, and federal levels.

Additional information and on-line registration is available at

The annual joint conference of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM) and the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MaAOHN) will be held December 2–3, 2010. The location of “State of the Science in Occupational and Environmental Medicine” is the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel, Newton, Mass.

Presentations on December 2 will explore such topics as managing knee injuries, back pain rehabilitation, shift work and sleep disorders, workplace violence, work-related hernia causation, interplay of ADA and GINA in occupational medicine, and occupational risks encountered by disaster relief workers.

Topics to be discussed on December 3 will include commercial drivers' medical certification; building, implementing, and sustaining your own best practice employee health management program; taking care of health care workers; vitamin D as a solution for health; injured workers at greater risk of disability; surviving a deposition; upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders; influenza and monovalent H1N1 vaccinations among VA health care workers; and in-clinic tests for sleep disorders in safety sensitive jobs.

Special features include the December 2 evening presentation “Health care in Haiti: The Haitian Health Foundation” by Robert Gaetjens, MD, MPH, and the William Patterson Memorial Lecture on December 3, “The Burden of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in the U.S.: Getting the Numbers Right” by Robert McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

For more information, contact Dianne Plantamura, NECOEM Executive Director, 22 Mill Street, Groveland, MA 01834; telephone: 978/373-5597; e-mail:; web site:

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