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Section Editor(s): Dreger, Marianne Department Editor

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 9 - p 1179–1180
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31826ce237
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The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) will be offering its new Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training on September 28 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Philadelphia, Pa, and November 9 at the Marriott Atlanta Downtown Hotel, Atlanta, Ga. This course has been updated to meet the core curriculum requirements for medical examiner training in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Upon satisfactory completion, those eligible to serve as examiners would be prepared and able to sit for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) certification examination.

Additional ACOEM courses will be held in Atlanta in November. Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track, scheduled for 1.5 days on November 10 and 11, offers current and aspiring MROs an excellent opportunity to increase and update their knowledge and familiarity with changes in substance abuse testing and federal regulations affecting the role of MROs. The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will host an MRO Certification Examination the afternoon of November 11 (to register for the examination, contact MROCC directly at 847/631-0599 or visit

Occupational Medicine Board Review, also scheduled for 1.5 days on November 10 and 11, refreshes knowledge of the examination's content, identifies strengths and weaknesses in preparation, and discusses concentrating on areas needing more review. It covers topics relevant to the rigorous American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) occupational medicine examination and provides sample questions and guidance for preparation and test-taking strategies. ABPM will hold a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination the afternoon of November 11 (to register for the examination, contact ABPM directly at 312/939-2276 or visit

Foundations of Occupational Medicine: Segment 1, a 2-day course offered on November 10 and 11, is for physicians interested in—but not particularly familiar with—occupational medicine. It provides a comprehensive introduction and practical information 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; occupational dermatology; hearing conservation; occupational psychiatry; and MRO-related information.

For additional information or registration, contact ACOEM, 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; telephone: 847/818-1800; or visit

ACOEM has scheduled Worksite Wellness: The Healthy Worker Advantage on October 6, 2012, in Chicago at the Drake Hotel, preceding Ryan Associates 26th Annual Conference for the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals (NAOHP), Providing Healthcare Services to Employers: 226 Pragmatic Tips to Revitalize Any Program, on October 8 to 10.

Worksite Wellness 1-day training program is designed for employers, HR professionals, benefits managers, insurance brokers, and occupational and environmental health professionals, and has been developed by leading medical directors and HR professionals at major US corporations, based on their own experience. It builds bridges among all stakeholders, provides business-case information to understand the impact of poor health on your business, and presents a step-by-step approach to implement worksite wellness programs. The day is divided into the following modules: Introduction to Health and Productivity Management; Cost of Lost Productivity; Measuring the Total Cost of Poor Health; HR/Health Benefits, Insurance Brokers, Employers and OEM Professionals: Bridging Common Areas of Interest; Making the Business Case; and Roadmap for Implementing Workplace Health and Wellness Programs.

To register for ACOEM's Worksite Wellness training, contact ACOEM at 847/818-1800, or visit the College Web site at To learn more about or register for Ryan Associates National Conference, visit

The 31st Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) will be held October 3 to 7, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minn. Topics include aerosol mechanics, molecular biology-based analysis, mass spectrometry, aerosol technology for inhalation toxicology and chamber studies, environmental chambers—approaches and challenges, spectroscopy of aerosols, and thermodynamics of aerosols, among others.

For additional details, contact AAAR, 15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054; telephone: 877/777-6753; e-mail:; or their Web site at

The Northwest Occupational Health Conference (NOHC), a regional meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, will be held on October 10 to 12, 2012, at the Best Western Lakeway Hotel in Bellingham, Wash.

Concurrent sessions will include occupational medicine, nursing, and industrial hygiene and safety topics that provide an opportunity for cross-discipline education and the promotion of health and safety in the workplace. Additional information can be found at or e-mail

The New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (NYOEMA), one of ACOEM's component societies, will hold its Annual Scientific Meeting on October 19, 2012, at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY.

Morning topics will include information about the dramatic and evolving changes in the workplace due to the rapidly aging workforce—demographic shifts, workplace accommodations that will assist in the transition, and the impact on such issues as work injuries and their handling in the world of workers' compensation. The afternoon will cover occupational medicine and the community, the toxicology aspects of hydrofracking, updates by the New York Workers' Compensation Board, and an ACOEM update by Karl Auerbach, MD, ACOEM President.

For more information, contact Natalie Ruoff, NYOEMA Executive Secretary, c/o New York County Medical Society; telephone: 212/684-4670, extension 214; e-mail:

Mayo Clinic and Essentia Health will hold “Impairment Without Disability 2012,” a 2-day conference in Rochester, Minn, the afternoon of October 18 at the Doubletree Hotel and a full day on October 19 at Mayo Clinic's Phillips Hall.

Conference objectives are to explain the impact the physician has on preventing needless work disability; establish how improved communications between the health care provider, employer, and employee contribute to optimal handling of injured or ill employees; assess the negative impact poor handling of the return-to-work process has on patients and the economy at large; demonstrate insight and ideas to help prevent needless work disability in the future; and explain the physician's role in defining appropriate disability management criteria for injured or ill employees.

For more details and registration, visit Questions about registration can be directed to, or phone 218/786-8348.

Washington Occupational Health Associates (WOHA) is sponsoring its biannual Occupational Hearing Conservation Course on October 24 to 26, in Washington, DC. This Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) course encompasses all 3 days for certification, or a single day (October 25) 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 American Public Health Association (APHA) will hold its 140th Annual Meeting and Public Health Exposition on October 27 to 31. The venue for “Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan” is the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif.

This meeting consists of more than 1000 scientific sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, institutes, and panel discussions at which more than 5000 scientific papers will be presented. The Health Expo features more than 700 booths of information, products, and services geared toward public health professionals.

For additional information, contact the APHA, 800 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001; telephone: 202/777-2742; e-mail:; or visit their Web site at

Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health, in collaboration with M. C. Townsend Associates, LLC, will hold three occupational respiratory health-related courses on October 22 to 26, 2012, at the Bloomberg School of Nursing, East Baltimore, Md.

NIOSH-approved Spirometry Refresher is scheduled as a full day course on October 22. This interactive course emphasizes real-world spirometry issues. Lectures and Q&A will be combined with demonstrations and practice of testing errors and calibration checks of various spirometers. Regulatory requirements are also covered.

Respiratory Protection and Fit-testing Workshop, a full day course on October 23, combines lectures with Q&A and hands-on practice of widely used quantitative and qualitative fit-testing techniques for hospital and industrial health care professionals. Highlights include types of respirators and plain-language overview of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard requirements; selecting and correctly using the most appropriate fit-testing method for your needs; and avoiding or correcting common fit-testing problems.

A 2.5-day NIOSH-approved Spirometry Course is scheduled on October 24 to 26. Highlights of this course cover conducting valid spirometry tests, effectively using flow-volume and volume-time curves for coaching and interpreting test results; checking spirometer calibrations correctly, learning advantages and pitfalls of various spirometers; and understanding regulatory requirements and the American Thoracic Society and ACOEM Spirometry in the Occupational Setting 2011 Update recommendations.

For more information, visit or call 412/343-9946.

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is hosting Occupational and Environmental Factors in Neurological Disease on October 31 to November 1, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, Calif, sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, International Commission on Occupational Health, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Society of Toxicology, and endorsed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Topics include “Chemical Triggers of Peripheral Neuropathy”; “Metal Neurotoxicants”; “Occupational and Environmentally-related Central Nervous System Degenerative Disease”; “Hearing Loss: Exposure Cofactors in Noise-induced Loss”; “Occupational Exposures and the Special Senses: Sight, Smell, and Taste”; and more.

This is followed by the 2-day Occupational and Environmental Medicine Update on November 2 and 3. Topics on these days include “Carcinogens: Is My Cancer Work-related?”; “Chlorinated Solvents: Worker and Environmental Issues”; “Histoplasmosis, Coccidiomycosis, and Blastomycosis in Occupational Groups”; and “Emerging Issues in Metal Toxicity”; among others.

For details and registration, visit UCSF School of Medicine, Education and Training, Continuing Medical Education, at or call 415/476-5808.

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