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Editor(s): Dreger, Marianne Department Editor

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue 9 - p 1091-1092
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318231563d
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Robert R. Orford, MD, CM, MS, MPH, FACOEM, Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz., a practicing physician in their Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine since 1996, and ACOEM Past President (2008–2009), was inducted to the office of President, Arizona Medical Association, on June 3, 2011. Dr Orford became their 120th President and is serving a 1-year term.

Dr Orford received his MD and CM from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, his MS from the University of Minnesota, and an MPH in environmental health from the University of Washington. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine, aerospace medicine, and general preventive medicine and public health. Dr Orford is a member of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), an ACOEM component society, and has served as WOEMA Chairman of the Board, President, President-Elect, and Vice President. As a former member of the North Central OEMA, he served that component as President, Vice President, and Secretary.

Dr Orford is a member of the Maricopa County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Association. He is also National Secretary for the United States of the International Commission on Occupational Health.


Bernyce M. Pep-lowski, DO, MS, has recently been appointed Medical Director of California's State Compensation Insurance Fund after serving 6 months as Interim Medical Director. She will also manage the State Fund's utilization review program, collaborate with the Corporate Claims Operation Department to develop policies, procedures, and enhance programs for State Fund's claims operations, and provide leadership for the medical and regulatory communities on a variety of issues.

Dr Peplowski became an ACOEM member in 1987. She earned her DO from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and her MS from California State University in Northridge. She is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine. Dr Peplowski has been active on ACOEM's Practice Guidelines Committee and is a member of the ACOEM component, Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association.

Dr Peplowski is a long-standing member of the California Division of Workers' Compensation Committee responsible for developing the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule. She is also a member of the American Medical Association. As Regional Chief of Occupational Medicine at Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group from 1994 to 2006, Dr Peplowski was the recipient of their Physician of the Year designation in 2003.

Washington Occupational Health Associates (WOHA) is sponsoring its biannual Occupational Hearing Conservation Course on November 7–9, at the WOHA headquarters in Washington, DC. This Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) course encompasses all 3 days for certification, or a single day (November 8) for recertification. These courses are designed to certify health and safety personnel to test hearing and to establish hearing conservation programs in compliance with OSHA requirements.

For additional information, contact WOHA, 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; telephone: 800/777-9642 or 202/463-6698; e-mail: ataylo[email protected]; Web site:

ACOEM's fall courses will be held November 11–13, 2011, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, Colo. “MRO Comprehensive” is scheduled November 11–12; “Occupational Medicine Board Review,” “Medical Center Occupational Health and Safety,” and “Foundations of Occupational Medicine, Segment 1,” are offered November 12–13.

“MRO Comprehensive Course” is intended for physicians or health care professionals interested in developing or improving skills in conducting alcohol and urine drug screening; evaluating results; addressing job safety and return-to-work issues; and interpreting federal regulations governing truckers, pilots, and other Department of Transportation workers, federal contractors, and workers in the energy industry. The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will hold a certifying exam the morning of November 13 (visit for separate exam registration).

“Occupational Medicine Board Review” provides expert assistance and instruction in advance of the board certification exam. The course also covers sample questions and offers test-taking strategies. The American Board of Preventive Medicine will hold an MOC exam the afternoon of November 13 (visit for separate exam registration).

“Foundations of Occupational Medicine, Segment 1” is designed for physicians interested in, but not particularly familiar with, occupational medicine. It provides practical information that will be useful in managing the clinical, regulatory, and administrative functions of an occupational medicine practice at a primary care level. Topics will include: toxicology principles; legal issues; health surveillance; respirator clearance; fitness-to-work; case management; dermatology; hearing conservation; and the medical review officer.

“AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment: Mastering the 6th Edition” provides insightful presentations and active involvement for participants in assessing example cases. Participants will demonstrate the skills required to assess musculoskeletal, neurological, pain, and other impairments as these problems are seen by physicians evaluating and managing patients with work-related injuries. All attendees will be provided with complimentary 1 month access to online training to reinforce the knowledge and skills learned during the course. Participants must bring the 6th edition to the course.

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

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) will be held October 20–23, 2011, at the Boston Convention Center, Boston, Mass.

Workshops on October 20 include “STD Management in the HIV Care Setting: Clinical Challenges in an Era of New Guidelines and Resource Limitations” and “Update on Tuberculosis.” Sessions include “Challenging Cases in Tropical Medicine”; “Pathogenesis of Central Nervous System Infection”; “Research Highlights from the NIH AIDS Networks and Observational Cohorts”; “Vaccines for a Global Community: Meningococcus A and B, Cholera and Malaria”; “Women's Health and Infectious Diseases: Important Bacterial Infections of the Female Reproductive Tract”; and “What's Hot in ID and HIV,” among others.

Interactive sessions October 21–23 include “The Venn Diagram of Diagnosis: The Contribution of Histopathology, Microbiology, and Molecular Technology in the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases”; “Clinical Controversies in Infectious Diseases”; “Challenging HIV Cases”; “Hepatitis C in Practice”; “Approach to Clinical Syndromes in the Transplant Patient”; “Thorny Cases in Infection Control”; and “Case-based Hot Topics for the Mycology Consultant.”

Visit the conference Web site at for additional program offerings, details, and online registration, or e-mail: [email protected] with questions.

The 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA) will be held October 29 to November 2, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and the Grand Hyatt and Renaissance Hotels in Washington, DC. This meeting gathers physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists to address current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

For more information on “Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies,” visit the conference Web site at, or e-mail: [email protected].

The 30th Congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) will be held March 18–23, 2012, in Cancun, Mexico. The venue for “Occupational Health for All: From Research to Practice” will be the Cancun Center for Conventions and Exhibitions. ACOEM's International Section will sponsor a mini symposium (SS106) during the meeting on “Global Occupational Health for the Common Good” presented by Drs Tee Guidotti, Wayne Burton, Mark Cunningham-Hill, Craig Karpilow, and Kevin Trangle.

Opening ceremonies and a keynote address will be presented the afternoon of March 18. Plenary sessions on March 19 will include “Delivery of Occupational Health to All Workers,” and semiplenary topics “Contribution of Global Standards and Policies to Decent Work,” “Occupational Cancer Research,” and “Occupational Health in the Americas,” among others, followed by afternoon mini symposiums which are offered daily.

March 20–21 plenary sessions will be “Occupational Health in Mexico,” “From Research to Practice: The Role of the Prevention Organization,” “How to Summarize and Synthesize Evidence from the Research on Occupational Health, ” and “Fundamental Moral Values, Cultural Diversity and Ethics Regulation within the Health Profession.” A sampling of semiplenary topics include “Construction Safety and Health: Origin in Europe, North America and India,” “Where the Hazardous Jobs Are: Migrant Workers in the 21st Century,” “Genes, Environment and Lung Cancer,” “Solar Radiation: An Underestimated Occupational Risk,” “Role of Ergonomics in Development,” and “Shiftwork and Health: Working Graveyard Shifts—the Next Step to the Graveyard?”

March 22–23 will include plenary sessions “History of Occupational and Environmental Medicine,” “Improving Psychosocial Factors at Work,” “Risk Management of Nanoparticles in the Workplace,” and “Occupational Health Aspects of Climate Change.” Scheduled semiplenary sessions include “Socioeconomic Factors, Work and Chronic Diseases,” “Changing Role of the Occupational Physician in Developing Countries,” “Skin Absorption of Metal Nanoparticles: A New Possible Risk in the Nanotechnology Industry,” and “Indoor Air Pollution: An Old Problem with New Challenges,” among others.

For additional 2012 Congress information and online registration, go to Ques-tions can be directed to [email protected].

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