• May 3 - 6, 2015

    Hilton Baltimore

    AOHC 2015

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    SUNDAY SESSIONS – MAY 3
    Conference Session / Activity   Time Credit Hours
    099: New Member Orientation 7:00 am - 8:00 am 0 CME / MOC
    101: Introduction to Occupational Medicine -- for newcomers to Occ Med Only 9:00 am - 12:15 pm 3.0 CME / MOC
    102: Low Back Pain: Thinking Outside the Disc 9:00 am - 12:15 pm 3.0 CME / MOC
    103: Business Leadership for Physicians: Necessary Knowledge Not Taught in Medical School 9:00 am - 12:15 pm 3.0 CME / MOC
    100: AOHC Opening Session: C. O. Sappington Memorial Lecture 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    104: Update on ACOEM Initiatives from HOD Officers 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    105: Medical Evaluation and Clearance for Two Unique Types of Offshore Operations: Diving Medicine and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training and Water Survival 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    106: The Past is the Present 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    107: Career Transitions to Working in the Federal Government as an Occupational Medicine Physician 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    108: Occupational Dermatology Pearls 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm 2.0 CME / MOC
    109: What Constitutes Excellence: The Best Corporate Health and Safety Programs in America 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm 2.0 CME / MOC
    110: Ethical Issues of "Nudges" 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    111: Evidence at Your Fingertips: Resources to Help You Manage Chronic Medical Conditions of an Aging Work Force
    (This session has been cancelled)
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    112: ACOEM Current Position Papers and How to Expertly Highlight or Share Them as a Part of Professional Outreach to Sharholders or Clients 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    113: OEM Specialty Teleconsultation for Veterans and Providers: DOD-VHA Perspectives 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    114: So, You Want to Be an ACOEM Leader? 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    115: International Panel Discussion 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC
    116: Individual Scientific Abstract Presentations 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC  
    117: Individual Scientific Abstract Presentations 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 1.0 CME / MOC  

     

    099: New Member Orientation
    TRACK: Other

    Faculty:


    Are you a potential or new member of ACOEM? Are you a current member who would like to become more involved? Then come to this informal event and network with component, section, and national leaders of the College. Discover ways to get involved and reach the maximum potential of your membership. Continental breakfast will be served. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.


     

    101: Introduction to OEM -- for newcomers to Occ Med Only
    TRACK: Other

    Faculty:

    Robert M. Bourgeois*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Bourgeois Medical Clinic, Morgan City, LA
    Natalie Hartenbaum*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, OccuMedix, Dresher, PA
    Douglas W. Martin*, MD, FACOEM, FAADEP, FAAFP, UnityPoint Clinic, Sioux City, IA
    Mark A. Roberts*, MD, PhD, FACOEM, Exponent, Inc., Chicago, IL
    Chris Stewart-Patterson*, MD, CCBOM, FACOEM, Khatsahlano Corporate Medical Services, Vancouver, BC

    Are you aware of family, urgent care, or internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are not trained in OEM but are interested in adding some OEM competencies to their “tool kits”? If so, let them know about this great opportunity to learn more about OEM! Are you seeing patients with occupational illnesses or injuries such as musculoskeletal injuries with impairment for joints and the spine or opioid-related issues in the workplace? Are you asked to develop return-to-work plans for your patients? This session will provide a brief introduction on the ways that primary care physicians and other practitioners can benefit from the many resources of OEM. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.


     

    102: Low Back Pain: Thinking Outside the Disc
    TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice 

    Faculty:  

    John G. Sandness*, MD, MS, FACOEM, Physical and Occupational Medicine Associates, PA, Bloomington, MN 

    Low back pain is one of the most common, challenging, costly, and controversial conditions treated by occupational medicine specialists. This session will review recent research on low back pain; demonstrate how applying our knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics can give us a deeper understanding of normal function; explain what can go wrong with these mechanisms to produce symptoms of low back pain; and show how a careful, expanded physical examination can help us formulate a more specific diagnosis and guide rational treatment.


     

    103: Business Leadership for Physicians: Necessary Knowledge Not Taught in Medical School
    TRACK: Management and Administration in OEM

    Faculty:

    Edward J. Bernacki*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
    Roger L. Chaufournier, MHSA, CSI Solutions, LLC, Bethesda, MD
    Pamela Hymel*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Health Services, Anaheim, CA
    Robert K. McLellan*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
    Craig D. Thorne*, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, FACOEM, Erickson Living, Baltimore, MD

    Health care is complex and fast-moving and occupational health physicians recognize that providing excellent care is not enough. They know that it is also critical to develop exceptional leadership skills and business acumen. This interactive workshop is designed to include succinct presentations on advanced leadership and management tools and case examples about how occupational health physicians have already positively impacted clinical care and program development within several companies. The lead speaker is a renowned health care business professor and the other faculty members are innovative occupational health physician leaders who have mastered leadership and management skills to present business cases for new or improved services with measureable return on investment, and process improvement techniques and tools to improve the delivery of occupational health services and demonstrate value. Attendees will have the opportunity to present their own management challenges to the faculty in advance and during the interactive workshop to maximize on this learning opportunity. Management challenges may be sent in advance to Dr. Craig Thorne at craig.thorne@erickson.com.

    100: AOHC Opening Session: C. O. Sappington Memorial Lecture

    TRACK: Other

    The opening session of the 100th annual meeting of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine will feature presentation of the ACOEM annual awards followed by the C.O. Sappington Memorial Lecture. Named for Clarence Olds Sappington, MD, DrPH (1889-1949), a noted consultant in occupational diseases and industrial hygiene, this lecture is presented annually at AOHC to serves as a forum to address major issues in occupational and environmental medicine. Professor Ewan B. MacDonald with the University of Glasgow will present this year’s lecture.

    The AOHC Opening Session will also feature remarks by RADM Boris D. Lushniak, Acting United States Surgeon General (Invited).

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    104: Update on ACOEM Initiatives from HOD Officers
    TRACK: Other
     

    Faculty:

    Paul J. Papanek*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Cal/OSHA, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In order to promote better communication about key initiatives from the ACOEM Board and House of Delegates (HOD), the HOD officers will present an update on the following topics, as well as additional late-breakers that may become available. This session will cover: revised ACOEM Action Advocacy Agenda (2014); recent policy statements from the ACOEM Council of Scientific Advisors; public policy initiatives, including recent activities related to opioid prescribing, GME residency funding, proposed OSHA standards, proposed pesticide safety regulations; educational initiatives, including new tools to help our members become better educators themselves; and OEM practices initiatives, including guidance on OEM competencies and workers' comp quality.


     

    105: Medical Evaluation and Clearance for Two Unique Types of Offshore Operations: Diving Medicine and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training and Water Survival
    TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice

    Faculty:

    Stephen Frangos*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Chevron, Houston, TX

    Individuals who participate in physically strenuous training need to be medically evaluated and cleared prior to participating. The offshore work environment includes unique job positions that require a disciplined approach to fitness-for-duty. Scuba divers are subject medical exams and standards that have been developed by military or country-specific organizations. We will examine one of these standards in detail, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In addition, industry leading best practices will be discussed that incorporate a medical examination and functional capacity evaluation (FCE) into a medical evaluation protocol, which allows the occupational health provider to make a medical clearance determination for workers to participate in Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) or other water survival training.


     

    106: The Past is the Present
    TRACK: OEM Education and Scientific Research
     

    Faculty:

    Richard J. Heron*, MBChB, FRCP, FFOM, FACOEM, BP London, Sunbury-on-Thames, England
    John D. Meyer*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
    Charles Yarborough*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, CYHealthAssociates, Bethesda, MD

    With three short presentations of OEM historical vignettes, the audience will develop a deeper understanding of what came before us and how our past accomplishments can formulate the answers to our current challenges. This year, a particular focus will be on the contributions of the City of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins University to the field of OEM. This session was organized by the History and Archives Special Interest Section.

    107: Career Transitions to Working in the Federal Government as an Occupational Medicine Physician
    TRACK: Regulatory, Legal, Military, and Governmental OEM

    Faculty:

    Patricia Bray*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Naval Health Clinic, Patuxent River, MD
    Michael A. Montopoli*, MD, MPH, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs, Washington, DC
    Richard J. Thomas*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, OSHA, Office of Occupational Medicine, Washington, DC

    With more than 50 years of combined experience, the faculty will discuss the following topics: the changing demographics of the federal workforce as the “baby boom” generation reaches retirement; how a career transition from a uniformed military health care provider to a federal civil service has professional and economic advantages; the scope of positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS); how positions in the federal civil service can lead to the ability to influence health care policy at senior levels; and provide examples of occupational physicians moving to and from the federal government to academia and private practice. This session was organized by the Federal and Military Occupational and Environmental Medicine Special Interest Section.

     

     

    108: Occupational Dermatology Pearls
    TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice 

    Faculty:

    Heather P. Lampel*, MD, MPH, FAAD, Duke University, Durham, NC
    Timothy S. Wang, MD, Department of Dermatology, John Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD

    Occupational medicine providers may be the first in line to provide treatment of occupational dermatoses. Contact dermatitis accounts for over 80% of all occupational dermatologic conditions. Irritant and allergic contact dermatitis are diagnostic challenges and subtle clues may be helpful in differentiating between the two. High-yield topics will be discussed including top allergens and new irritants in the workplace, overview of patch testing, work relatedness dermatologic criteria, and real-life case scenario. While dermatological disorders are some of the most common complaints presenting to occupational healthcare providers, access to dermatological services is often limited in the occupational health setting. Through the advent of teledermatology, occupational health care providers can gain unprecedented access to world class experts in dermatology for consultation and triage. The Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology web-based application that allows health care providers to submit patient information and images for medical consultation will be discussed. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.


     

    109: What Constitutes Excellence: The Best Corporate Health and Safety Programs in America
    TRACK: OEM Education and Scientific Research
     

    Faculty:

    Fikry W. Isaac*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

    The Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA) was first presented in 1997 to recognize organizations for their outstanding, comprehensive array of programs dedicated to protecting and improving the safety, health, and productivity of their workforces. During this session, 2015 CHAA recipients will discuss those aspects of their health programs that may serve as model practices for occupational and environmental medicine and highlight qualities of excellence identified by reviewers. These company’s continue to demonstrate that building a culture of health and safety by focusing on the well-being and safety aspects of the workplace yield greater value than companies that do not adhere to CHAA standards.


     

    110: Ethical Issues of "Nudges"
    TRACK: Management and Administration in OEM

    Faculty:

    Nir Eyal, DPhil, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
    Halley S. Faust, MD, MPH, MA, FACPM, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
    Yashar Saghai, MA, PhD, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore, MD

    Authors Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler describe a nudge as “any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives. To count as a nudge, the intervention must be easy and cheap to avoid. Nudges are not mandates.” Nudges have gained particular momentum in worksite health programs, attempting to promote healthy behavior and discourage health-defeating behaviors. The promotion of a nudge has brought about the concern of potential abuse, including worries about paternalism, choice, persuasion, manipulation, dehumanization, stigma, and humiliation. The use of a nudge requires a careful analysis of the ethical base of application to employees. This session will explore the relevant ethical concerns and resolutions that may be relevant to worksite health promotion managers in developing healthier workplaces.


     

    111: Evidence at Your Fingertips: Resources to Help You Manage Chronic Medical Conditions of an Aging Work Force
    TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice

    This session has been cancelled.

     

     

    112: ACOEM Current Position Papers and How to Expertly Highlight or Share Them as a Part of Professional Outreach to Sharholders or Clients
    TRACK: Management and Administration in OEM

    Faculty:

    Mark J. Bouquet*, MD, MPH, MS, The Dow Chemical Company, Plaquemine, LA
    Allison L. Jones*, MD, MS, FACOEM, Urbana, IL

    ACOEM has many position papers on a variety of current and timely OEM practice topics. Understanding how to communication these topics to shareholders such as patients, fellow physicians, and individuals outside of your own department as a part of continuing education or outreach will be highlighted. Two pre-made presentations will be shared with the attendees that they may convey for their personal use. This session was organized by the Residents and Recent Graduates Special Interest Section.


     

    113: OEM Specialty Teleconsultation for Veterans and Providers: DOD-VHA Perspectives
    TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice

    Faculty:

    Coleen P. Baird*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, US Army Public Health Command (USAPHC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    Sheila L. Butler*, MD, MPH, War-related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), NJ Health Care System Department of Veterans Affairs, East Orange, NJ
    Deanna K. Harkins, MD, MPH, US Army Public Health Command (USAPHC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    Jennifer Lipkowitz-Easton*, MD, MPH, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Public Health, Occupational Health Group, Washington, DC
    Onowunmi Osinubi*, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCA, ABIHM, War-related Illness and Injury Study Center, NJ VA Medical Center, East Orange, NJ

    This session will discuss the evolution of OEM specialty teleconsultation in the Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration, including history and current applications to improve care of veterans. OEM specialists perform a variety of consultative services across the federal sector including military occupational exposure assessment, evaluation of complex cases in post-deployment care, medical center employee health service management, and individual health risk communication. Panelists will review types of clinical and administrative issues that can be effectively addressed through OEM teleconsultation. Audience participation is a key part of the program and session participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and to identify challenges and opportunities in this OEM practice growth area.


     

    114: So, You Want to Be an ACOEM Leader?
    TRACK: Management and Administration in OEM
     

    Faculty:

    Jennifer H. Christian*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Webility Corporation, Wayland, MA
    Marianne Cloeren*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Managed Care Advisors, Bethesda, MD
    Barry Eisenberg*, CAE, ACOEM, Elk Grove Village, IL
    Stephen Frangos*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Chevron, Houston, TX
    Constantine J. Gean*, MD, MS, MBA, FACOEM, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Glendale, CA
    Paul J. Papanek*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Cal/OSHA, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    Tanisha K. Taylor*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Barnabas Health Corporate Care, Lakewood, NJ

    Have you ever wondered how ACOEM makes decisions? Thought about what you may be able to achieve if you were in a leadership role? Thinking about serving on a committee or running for office, but wondering about the time commitment? This session will explain how ACOEM leaders are developed, nominated, and selected or elected. Topics will include committees and councils, and Board of Directors and House of Delegates leadership roles, and Officers. Following an overview, there will be the opportunity to ask questions of ACOEM leaders. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.


     

    115: International Panel Discussion
    TRACK: Other
     

    Faculty:

    Karl Auerbach*, MD, MS, MBA, FACOEM, Pulse Occupational Medicine, Greece, NY
    Kathryn L. Mueller*, MD, MPH, FACOEM, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO

    Representatives of various international occupational groups will discuss issues of common concerns, challenges, and opportunities facing occupational medicine across the world. Audience participation is a key part of the program and session participants will be encouraged to raise questions and offer additional insights.


     

    116: Individual Scientific Abstract Presentations
    TRACK: OEM Education and Scientific Research 
     

    Faculty:


    The objective of this session is to present important research findings on current occupational and environmental medicine topics. All presentations were selected through a peer-review process of submitted abstracts to ensure the highest quality of science and relevance. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.

     
     
     

    117: Individual Scientific Abstract Presentations
    TRACK: OEM Education and Scientific Research 
     

    Faculty:


    The objective of this session is to present important research findings on current occupational and environmental medicine topics. All presentations were selected through a peer-review process of submitted abstracts to ensure the highest quality of science and relevance. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.