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Section Editor(s): Dreger, Marianne Department Editor

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 2 - p 261–262
doi: 10.1097/01.jom.0000412428.76931.56
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The 2012 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) will be held from April 29 to May 2, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Calif. Five preconference and four postconference courses will also be offered. The complete AOHC schedule is included in this issue of JOEM along with a registration form. Or, visit for additional information and online registration.

Royce Moser, Jr, MD, MPH, FACOEM, a faculty member in the Utah School of Medicine's Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, completed a 2-year term last September as President of Harvard's School of Public Health Alumni Association and Chair of the Alumni Council after serving a 2-year term as their President-elect. During his term, the Council members and alumni volunteers developed a new set of Association Bylaws designed to expedite Council efforts. The Association initiated planning retreats that resulted in four new committees with specific goals and objectives that are being tracked to help ensure progress. A major outcome of the committees' work is a new online communication system that will markedly improve communications among alumni.

Dr Moser recently retired from the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, where his career spanned 26 years. He was recognized as the Center's first Professor Emeritus and continues to teach a management course and participate in their activities.

Dr Moser received his MD and MPH degrees from Harvard Medical School and is certified in both occupational and aerospace medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. An American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) member since 1982, he was elevated to Fellowship in 1988. He served the College as Vice President for Medical Affairs from 1995 to 1997. In 1996, Dr Moser was the recipient of ACOEM's Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit for his efforts to strengthen academic excellence in occupational and environmental medicine (OEM), and in 1998, he received the Harriet Hardy Award from the New England College of OEM, one of ACOEM's component societies. He was also bestowed the Rutherford T. Johnstone Award for Outstanding Service in Occupational Medicine in 2002 from ACOEM's Western component for his lifetime of research on OEM, aerospace medicine, disease prevention, and health promotion, and the management and evaluation of occupational and environmental health programs. Dr Moser is a member of the Rocky Mountain Academy of OEM, an ACOEM component society.

The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), an ACOEM component society, presented two of its prestigious awards last September at the 2011 Western Occupational Health Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The Rutherford T. Johnstone Award was bestowed upon Gideon A. Letz, MD, MPH, and the Jean Spencer Felton Award was presented to Steven D. Feinberg, MD, MPH.

Dr Letz is currently the Medical Director for US Pain and is also a consultant for the Department of Labor. From 1987 to 2010, Dr Letz served as Medical Director at the State Compensation Insurance Fund of California, where he developed and supervised a statewide utilization review program and focused his efforts on improving the value of health care services and outcomes for injured employees.

Dr Letz was the 42nd recipient of the Johnstone Award that recognizes outstanding contributions to furthering the medical specialty of OEM. An ACOEM member since 1987, he received his MD from the University of California (UC) San Francisco School of Medicine, his MPH from UC Berkeley, and is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine. He serves ACOEM on the Work Fitness and Disability Task Force and is a past member of the Health Care Quality and Cost Management and the Stay at Work/Return to Work Committees. Dr Letz has also served a term as WOEMA Treasurer.

Dr Feinberg is in private practice at the Feinberg Medical Group in Palo Alto, Calif. He is also a Stanford University School of Medicine Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Pain Management.

Dr Feinberg, whose writing has been focused on improving the medical care provided to injured workers, was the 31st recipient of the Felton Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing that is bestowed in memory of the late Dr Felton, Professor Emeritus of the University of California Irvine, School of Medicine, and presented to a WOEMA member who has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge in the field of OEM.

Dr Feinberg received his MD from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine and his MPH from the University of California School of Public Health in Los Angeles. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Board of Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and is also a Qualified Medical Evaluator. Dr Feinberg joined ACOEM in 2007 and served as the Associate Editor and a Panel Member for the Chronic Pain 2008 Chapter Revision of ACOEM's Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines.

Washington Occupational Health Associates (WOHA) is sponsoring its biannual Occupational Hearing Conservation Course on March 21–23, 2012, at the WOHA headquarters in Washington, DC. This Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation course encompasses all 3 days for certification, or a single day (March 22) 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:; Web site:

The 13th World Congress on Public Health will be held April 23–27, 2012, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The venue for “Towards Global Health Equity: Opportunities and Threats” is the United Nations Conference Center. This triennial Congress is jointly organized and hosted by the Ethiop-ian Public Health Association and the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

The Congress will serve as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues; contribute toward protecting and promoting public health at global, continental, and national levels; create a better understanding of Africa's major public health challenges within the global public health community; and facilitate and support the formation of the African Federation of Public Health Association.

For additional information, e-mail or you may visit the Congress Web site at

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