The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) presented its annual awards on April 30 during the Opening Session of the 2012 American Occupational Health Conference in Los Angeles, Calif. Recognized for their contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) were four physicians and the authors of the paper judged an outstanding Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) article. Award recipients are as follows:
William S. Knudsen Award. The highest award in OEM, the Knudsen Award was created in 1938 by William Knudsen, then president of General Motors and an advocate for worker health and safety, to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of OEM.
Stuart M. Brooks, MD, Adjunct Professor, University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, Fla., received the Knudsen Award for his OEM contributions through his exemplary efforts in starting the first occupational medicine residency in Florida in 1992. Since that time he has tirelessly trained future occupational medicine physicians in the residency providing them with a 3-dimensional perspective of the field with a hands-on clinical component, academic course work, and a heavy emphasis on research. Through his dedicated efforts, the field of occupational medicine has been enhanced by the addition of several new board-certified occupational medicine physicians.
In addition, his own research focusing on occupational and environmental respiratory disorders, especially occupational asthma, irritant induced asthma, and reactive airways dysfunction syndrome, has significantly advanced the field of occupational medicine.
A member of ACOEM since 1974, Dr Brooks received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is certified in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. Dr Brooks served as a member of the JOEM Editorial Board and was a recipient of the 1983 Kammer Award for the JOEM article he coauthored, Diverse Profiles of Immunoreactivity in Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) Asthma, published in September 1981.
Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Service Award was established in 1945 to recognize an ACOEM member who has provided laudable service to the College.
Dean A. Grove, MD, MPH, FACOEM, a Corporate Medical Consultant in Bellevue, Wash., was honored with the Meritorious Service Award for his long-term laudatory service to the College as a member of the board of directors for nearly a decade and president from 2001 to 2002. During his tenure, Dr. Grove worked tirelessly to expand the visibility of ACOEM and OEM and showed his commitment to the specialty by the countless hours he devoted to furthering the goals of the College and the field of OEM.
Dr Grove received his MD from Ohio State University College of Medicine and his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He joined ACOEM in 1979 and was elevated to Fellow status in 1992. He is a member of the Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society, and has served on their Board. As a former member of the Central States Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, he served this component as President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, a member of their Board of Governors, and as Delegate to the ACOEM House of Delegates.
Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award. Created in 1948, this annual award is presented to recognize an ACOEM member for a specific or unique achievement in the field of OEM.
Harold E. Hoffman, MD, FACOEM, an OEM specialist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, received the Health Achievement Award for his many accomplishments and contributions related to the field of OEM. In particular, the College recognized him for his service as director of the Basic Curriculum in Occupational Medicine and as a major contributor to ACOEM's Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines.
As director of ACOEM's Basic Curriculum courses from 1999 to 2010, Dr Hoffman mentored countless physicians as they transitioned to becoming true occupational health professionals. In addition, he played a major role in developing the second and third editions of the Practice Guidelines, specifically as panel leader for the chapter on Shoulder Disorders in the second edition and as panel chair for the chapter on Elbow Disorders in the third edition.
Dr Hoffman received his MD from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. An ACOEM member since 1996, he was elevated to Fellowship in 2003. He is certified in occupational medicine as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and is a certified medical review officer and an independent medical examiner.
Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit. Created in 1957 and named after a past president of ACOEM and a pioneer in the field of OEM, this award is bestowed annually to an individual who has shown distinction in and made significant contributions to OEM.
William N. Rom, MD, MPH, MACOEM, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, New York, N.Y., received the Kehoe Award for his leadership in and contribution to the field of OEM, where his career as an academic physician in the lead of promoting environmental and health policy has spanned five decades.
Dr Rom was cited for his contributions, which include epidemiologic studies of asbestos-exposed submarine workers, asbestos miners and millers, asbestos factory workers and family members, and workers exposed to PCBs, styrene, lead, or chlorine. He led one of the National Institute of Health's largest clinical studies by developing a cohort of 500 asbestos workers, silica-exposed workers, and coal miners from the mid-Atlantic states who underwent bronchoalveolar lavage and prospective follow-up. Dr Rom has edited two editions of Tuberculosis and his work has also taken him to the University of South Africa where he started a research unit that performed a successful tuberculosis-related clinical trial using aerosol interferon. His proven leadership as founder of the New York University Lung Cancer Biomarker Center and his involvement in studies of the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse and ensuing dust exposure have contributed greatly to the OEM field.
Dr Rom received his MD from the University of Minnesota and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine and by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary disease and internal medicine. A member of ACOEM since 1982 and member of its New York OEMA component, he was also the recipient of ACOEM's Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award in 1996 as editor-in-chief of the internationally recognized book, Environmental and Occupational Medicine.
Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award. Named in honor of Adolph Kammer, MD, first editor of the College's Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), this award recognizes outstanding articles published in JOEM.
This year's Kammer Award was presented to C. Stuart Baxter, PhD, of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati Academic Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, and coauthors Clara Sue Ross, MD, JD, Thomas Fabian, PhD, Jacob L. Borgerson, PhD, Jamila Shawon, MS, Pravinray D. Gandhi, PhD, James M. Dalton, MArch, and James E. Lockey, MD, MS, for their outstanding contributions to the medical literature as exemplified by the paper, “Ultrafine Particle Exposure During Fire Suppression—Is It an Important Contributory Factor for Coronary Heart Disease in Firefighters?”
This paper, published in the August 2010 issue of JOEM, was the first comprehensive controlled study of ultrafine particle exposure during fire fighting, an important subject because ultrafine particles are increasingly associated with cardiovascular disease for which firefighters are at increased risk. In particular, the findings demonstrate that ultrafine particles are predominant during the overhaul phase of fire fighting when firefighters frequently remove their respiratory protection.
The Annual Symposium of the Southeastern Atlantic College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (SEACOEM), an ACOEM component society, will be held on August 3 to 5, 2012, at the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Discussion topics will include occupational demands of firefighting, crisis management and emergency preparedness, MRO updates, sleep disorders, and mandatory vaccination policies, among others.
For more information, contact Kath-leen Buckheit, SEACOEM Executive Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://osherc.sph.unc.edu/continuing-education/courses/seacoem.html for details and online registration.
ACOEM's acclaimed courses will again be held this summer in Chicago, Ill, on July 20, 21, and 22. Course offerings are Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME), Medical Review Officer (MRO) Drug and Alcohol Testing Fast Track, and Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Techniques.
The single-day CDME Course will be held July 20. This course is currently being updated to meet the training requirements to sit for the examination for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
MRO Fast Track Course on July 21 and 22 is a necessity for physicians interested in developing or improving their skills in conducting alcohol and urine drug screening, evaluating results, addressing job safety and return-to-work issues, and interpreting federal regulations.
Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Techniques will also be conducted on July 21 and 22. The didactic portion will include lectures on general management of work injuries, causality analysis, orthopedic urgencies and emergencies, and the timing and choice of radiographs in addition to discussing examination and treatment techniques for individual body parts. The workshops will review selected aspects of the physical examination and give an overview of injection techniques. Emphasis is placed on topics that will be the most relevant to everyday practice.
For additional information or registration, contact ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Blvd, Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; fax: 847/818-9266; Web site: www.acoem.org.