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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2019 - Volume 61 - Issue 2 - p e80–e81
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001540

People & Events

Department Editor: Marianne Dreger

February 2019 JOEM People & Events

The 2019 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) will be held April 28-May 1, at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Conference sessions will run Sunday through mid-day on Wednesday.

Sessions topics will range from “Digital Privacy of Clinical, Work, and Personal Health Data”; “Quality Assurance and Governance in Occupational Health”; “Workplace Violence Prevention in the Hospital Setting”; “Collaborative Role and Positive Impact of Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners in OEM. The Occupational Health Team”; “Occupational Spirometry Pitfalls, Interpretation, and New Developments”; “Challenges for Research and Educational Institution (REI): Diverse Hazards, Ambiguous Structures”; “Identifying Patient and Provider Characteristics that Contribute to Opioid Prescribing Variability: From the Source”; “Sleep Disorders and the Workplace Identification, Treatment, and the Economic Impact”; “World Class Workplace Violence Prevention Program: Managing the Unmanageable, 24/7”; “ACOEM's Mental Health Guidelines: Pearls of Wisdom to Use in Practice”; “Climate Change and Wildfires: Occupational and Community Health Implications with a Focus on Vulnerable Working Groups”; “Non-traditional Careers in Occupational Medicine”; “Issues for Underserved Occupational Populations with Respects to Climate Change”; and more.

A highlight of the conference will be the Sunday evening Opening General Session which will include the Sappington Lecture. Exhibits, poster sessions, and pre and post-conference course offerings will augment the meeting. Visit for more information and on-line registration.Questions can be directed to ACOEM at 847/818-1800.

In conjunction with AOHC 2019, ACOEM will hold several pre-conference courses and one post-conference course. All courses will be held at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

The following 1-day pre-conference courses will be held Friday, April 26:

The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 6th Edition, focuses on the three musculoskeletal chapters of the AMA Guides (Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity and Spine). Each chapter will be presented with a brief lecture, followed by case presentations studied in small-group formats. Faculty will guide participants through the cases, highlighting areas where the 6th edition applications can be particularly challenging.

The Effective Communication Techniques for the OEM Practitioner emphasizes that employee health and safety transpire within complex, dynamic relationships based on communication. In this course, occupational health professionals with extensive success in military and civilian careers will guide the audience in active-learning educational modules. Communication skills are the building blocks for productive relationships between all parties, from the injured employee to the CEO. We will explore joint value across all members of an institution, including patients, to better understand choice communication skills.

The following 2-day courses will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26-27:

The Foundations of Occupational Medicine is intended for physicians and health professionals interested in but not particularly familiar with, occupational medicine. The course provides 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, medical emergency response planning, the health of business travels, and much more.

The Medical Review Officer (MRO) Comprehensive course offers current and aspiring MROs an opportunity to increase and update their knowledge and familiarity with changes in substance abuse testing and federal regulations affecting the role of MROs. The course meets Department of Transportation MRO qualification training requirements.

Occupational Medicine Board Review provides expert assistance and instruction in advance of board certification or recertification. This course is intended as an exam refresher to help participants identify their strengths and weaknesses and provides insight on how to concentrate on areas needing additional review.

Three 1-day pre-conference courses will be held on Saturday, April 27:

The workshop on Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health – Physician Update provides down-to-earth guidance, drawing information on spirometry from a comprehensive NIOSH-approved course, and selecting case examples for a physician audience to illustrate the use of spirometry and other diagnostic tools to evaluate workers for occupational lung disease and/or for medical clearance to use their respirator.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop for the Occupational Provider is designed for health care providers who are exploring musculoskeletal ultrasound to enhance the evaluation and management of the patients with upper limb injury and complaints.

This course will cover the shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints in detail, faculty will present a systematic and focused assessment with ultrasound. The course will include both live scanning and when and how to intervene. Participants will develop ultrasound pattern recognition of the major tendons, ligaments, nerves, and muscles surrounding these joints. The case discussions will focus on pathologies that are commonly encountered. In addition, regenerative medicine topics including percutaneous needle tenotomy, platelet rich plasma, and stem cell therapy will be discussed.

Business Leadership for Physicians: Skills to Become a Better Leader, Build Strong Teams and Manage People in a Complete Environment is an interactive workshop designed to present advanced leadership and management tools. The major themes in this interactive course include self-awareness and self-development techniques, how to build and support teams, and how to manage relationships (both outwards and upwards) throughout an organization.

The one post-conference course will be held on Thursday, May 2: CAOHC Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program Workshop is an intermediate-level course that emphasizes the real-world application of audiology expertise as encountered in occupational settings. Lectures will review the current literature and practice guidelines. Instructors present employee case studies for participant problem solving, critical thinking and small-group discussion. Case presentations discuss professional supervisor responsibilities, guidelines for managing problem audiograms and determination of work-relatedness.

For additional conference and course details and on-line registration, visit the ACOEM web site at For telephone registration, call 847/818-1800, ext. 1374.

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