• Continuing Education

  • Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track

    Saturday, March 2, 2019: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Sunday, March 3, 2019: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
    OEM Learning Center
    25 NW Point Blvd, 7th Floor
    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 

    Registration/Hotel Information

    Course Summary

    Length: Course is 1.5 days, beginning at 8:00 am on Saturday and concluding at 
    12:30 pm on Sunday. The MROCC will offer the certification exam on Sunday — 
    separate registration required (see below).

    Format: Lecture/discussion, case studies, panel, self-assessment exercise, 
    questions and answers.

    Syllabus: Several sets of materials will be distributed electronically 
    approximately 6 weeks before the course (or within 10 days of ACOEM receiving 
    your registration, 
    if you register within 6 weeks of the course): 
    1) a course Syllabus, 
    2) a Supplement to the Syllabus, 
    3) a Resource Guide. 
    Registrants will receive an email with instructions about how to access and 
    download the digital files. In addition, a hard copy of the syllabus will be distributed 
    when registrants check-in for the course — hard copies of the Syllabus Supplement 
    and Resource Guide will not be available.

    Registrants are strongly encouraged to review the materials in advance, 
    beginning at least two weeks before the course. The pace of the course is
    fast and familiarity with the information will prove to be beneficial.

    Today, physicians in many specialties conduct drug and alcohol tests 
    for business, industry, government agencies, and schools. The need for trained 
    medical review officers (MROs) to evaluate test results extends to 
    more than 20 million Americans. The Drug-Free Workplace Act affects all federal
    agencies. Mandatory alcohol and drug testing is now required of all intrastate 
    truckers, commercial driver’s license holders, and other transportation 
    workers. In joint government agreements, the United States, Canada, and 
    Mexico also monitor truckers crossing international borders. More than 60% of 
    large private employers require drug and alcohol testing. ACOEM has been the 
    educational provider of choice for MROs since 1990. More than 13,000 physicians 
    have completed ACOEM’s highly acclaimed training.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

    • Discuss the prevalence and impact (epidemiology) of alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace today
    • Recognize the physiological effects and clinical signs of commonly abused drugs
    • Develop effective urine collection and breath alcohol testing programs
    • Implement DOT regulations for motor carrier, railroad, mass transit and other transportation modes
    • Perform MRO duties, including verification interviews with individuals whose laboratory drug tests are positive, adulterated, substituted or invalid
    • Recognize a potential false positive drug test and when to order a reanalysis or split-specimen analysis
    • Address medical confidentiality, disclosure of medical information, and job safety issues
    • Review federal custody and control forms to identify correctible and fatal flaws
    • Monitor forensic laboratory testing and quality assurance efforts
    • Refer employees to substance abuse professionals and treatment/rehabilitation programs 

    Target Audience

    You should attend this course if you are:

    • A physician seeking to update or enhance knowledge of drug testing and/or perform as an MRO
    • A physician or health care professional 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, other Department of Transportation
      workers, federal contractors, and workers in the energy industry
    • A physician preparing to take the Medical Review Officer Certification Council’s (MROCC) initial certification or re-certification examinations
      and needing to meet the MROCC’s CME eligibility requirement.

    Note: The MRO course fully meets the DOT MRO Qualification Training requirements and is designed for physicians and health care professionals who are familiar with basic substance abuse testing procedures.


    Kent W. Peterson, MD, MRO, FACOEM
    Michael A. Peat, PhD
    Donna R. Smith, EdD, PhD

    Accreditation: The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited bythe Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

     ACOEM designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    ABPM MOC Credit: This activity satisfies 13.0 ABPM MOC credits.

    ABMS Core Competencies: This course will address the following ACGME/ABMS Competencies:

    • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Professionalism
    ACOEM Member:  $895
    Non-member: $1095
    Resident/Retired/Student Member: $545

     Contact Berenice Lagrimas at 847/818-1800 x1374; blagrimas@acoem.org

    MRO Certification Exam

    The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will host an MRO Certification exam session at the conclusion of ACOEM’s MRO course. Registration for the MRO course does not constitute registration for the examination. 

    For more information on the MRO exam and to register for the exam please contact MROCC directly at www.mrocc.org or 847/631-0599.

    Cancellation Policy 
    Cancellation requests must be received in writing on or before February 1, 2019. For cancellations received by February 1, a refund will be issued minus an administrative fee of $50, plus $95 for the course syllabus (if already distributed; the syllabus is not returnable/refundable). No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received after February 1, 2019. Substitution requests must be submitted in writing. Notification by phone will not be accepted for cancellations or changes.