• April 23 - April 26, 2017

    Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

    AOHC 2017

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  • AOHC 2017 - April 23-26
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  • General Conference Information

    Established in 1916, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is the pre-eminent organization of occupational health professionals who champion the health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. Its mission is to provide leadership by educating health professionals and the public; stimulating research; enhancing the quality of practice; guiding public policy; and advancing the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). In its leadership role, ACOEM sponsors educational activities for physicians and other health professionals, including courses and the annual spring AOHC.

    AOHC 2017
    The 2017 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) is ACOEM’s 102nd Annual Meeting.

    AOHC serves two fundamental purposes: it is the premier professional meeting for physicians and other health professionals who have an interest in the fields of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM); and it is the annual membership meeting for ACOEM’s members.

    Educational Needs and Objectives 
    OEM is the medical specialty devoted to the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability, and the promotion of health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities.

    ACOEM has identified core competencies in areas where the OEM-trained physician should strive to remain current and serve as a knowledgeable representative of the specialty. The ten core competencies are available at www.acoem.org

    The ACOEM CME mission is to provide educational activities that enhance the professional capabilities related directly to the professional work of physicians practicing occupational and environmental medicine and (1) to promote physician lifelong and self-directed learning, (2) to improve worker/patient clinical outcomes, (3) to facilitate physician effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out professional responsibilities, and (4) communicate the value of occupational and environmental medicine.

    To address the educational needs of OEM physicians, AOHC is planned within the context of desirable physician attributes and aligned with the OEM core competencies.

    AOHC content is designed to enhance physician competence and performance and to improve patient outcomes by providing learner-centered education in the most current issues relevant to the practice of OEM.

    Upon completion of AOHC 2017, the learner should be able to:

    • evaluate current research;
    • analyze emerging issues in OEM; and
    • Exemplify effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out professional responsibilities.

    Target Audience
    AOHC is designed for physicians who specialize in or have an interest in OEM as well as for non-physicians, such as industrial hygienists, nurses, safety professionals, and environmental health specialists who are involved in the field. AOHC offers a variety of educational activities for participants new to OEM as well as for the experienced professional.

    ACCME Accreditation Statement
    “The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

    AMA Credit Designation Statement
    “The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

    AAFP – This live activity, American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), with a beginning date of April 23, 2017, has been reviewed and is accepted for up to 32.25 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim on the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Please note that AAFP prescribed credit was not awarded to the following sessions: 107, 202, 210, 213, 221, 232, 301, 305, 403, 801.

    ABOHN – The American Board of Occupational Health Nurses may recognize AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM as applicable for the education requirements for certification by the ABOHN.

    ABPM – The majority of AOHC sessions are eligible for ABPM MOC credit toward recertification with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Those sessions are identified by “MOC.”  The maximum number of ABPM MOC credits available for this educational activity is 25.0 and the course code is 1391. The program was reviewed to identify sessions that met the ABPM patient safety requirement. The following sessions have been approved: 108, 215, 222, 303, 308, 310, 312.

    Doctors of Osteopathy – This conference may be eligible for Category 2-A credit from the American Osteopathic Association.

    Physician Assistants – AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 25.0 hours of credit for completing this program.

    Attendees, particularly RNs, are encouraged to consult their respective certifying associations/agencies for the conversion to other educational credit.

    2017 AOHC Distance Learning Activity — More CME!
    Earn credit for sessions that you were unable to attend in person at this year’s conference by completing the 2017 AOHC Distance Learning Activity.  This activity will be available in summer 2017 and will require purchase and use of the AOHC 2017 conference recordings. Additional fees apply for credit requested.

    The ideas represented in presentations at AOHC 2017 do not necessarily reflect ACOEM positions. ACOEM disclaims responsibility or liability for all products, services, or information presented at AOHC 2017. ACOEM does not endorse any product or service exhibited, nor necessarily support the content contained in the educational offerings.

    Disclosure Policy
    As a provider accredited by the ACCME, ACOEM must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. In the case of an individual for whom a conflict cannot be resolved, that individual shall not participate in the development or presentation of the CME activity.

    All handouts submitted by speakers as of March 27, 2017, will be available to conference attendees via a secured area of ACOEM’s web site two weeks before and two weeks after the meeting. Registrants will be able to access the site, allowing them to view and print all or any of the submitted handouts.

    Coming Soon! The AOHC App!
    The AOHC App will be available soon. The App will contain up-to-date conference information.  


    AOHC Poster Presentations and Display
    Individual Scientific Abstracts and Resident posters will be on display for viewing beginning Sunday, April 23 inside the ACOEM Exhibit Hall. Poster authors will be available to discuss their research with attendees on April 23 from 4:00pm–5:45pm.  

    AOHC sessions offer focused presentations that cover critically chosen, cutting-edge subjects related to OEM competencies. Sessions are designed for OEM physicians and related professionals who practice in a variety of work settings.

    Sessions are identified by tracks.  The tracks are:

    • OEM Clinical Practice
    • Management and Administration in OEM
    • OEM Education and Scientific Research
    • Environmental Health and Risk Management
    • Regulatory, Legal, Military, and Governmental OEM Practice 

    To help in assigning room capacities, please indicate your session preference by time slot on the registration form.  This preference does not guarantee a seat in the session. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    AOHC Opening Session
    The C. O. Sappington Memorial Lecture serves as a forum from which to address major issues in the field of OEM and will take place during the opening session. Highlights will also include the ACOEM Fellow elevation ceremony.

    Worksite Visits
    Worksite visits are open to registered attendees only and are considered to be educational activities and not social events or tours. An additional non-refundable fee and advance registration is required.

    Please note that worksite visits are non-refundable, non-transferable activities.

    Please see the session descriptions and registration form for worksite visit details.

    Resident-Friendly Sessions
    The following sessions may be of particular interest to residents:

    Sunday: 101, 102, 103, 106, 110
    Monday: 203, 210, 211, 219, 225, 228
    Tuesday: 311, 317
    Wednesday: 403

    ABPM Patient Safety Requirement Sessions
    The program was reviewed to identify sessions that met the ABPM patient safety requirement. The following sessions have been approved: 108, 215, 222, 303, 308, 310, 312.

    Learning Resources
    We know you can’t be in two places at once, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on content. Most sessions will be recorded for sale and orders can be placed on-site and after AOHC. Purchase the online library of conference recordings NOW with your registration and save! For only $129 you will have online access to all recorded sessions! Special advance price is for online library access; other versions such as MP3, CD, or DVD will be available for purchase onsite and following the conference. In addition, after AOHC, a distance learning package will be available for sale that includes CME and MOC credit. The distance learning package will require purchase of the conference recordings, and by buying them now at the special advance price, you’ll be on your way to those hours of additional credit.

    Speaker Designation
    Speakers who are members of ACOEM are indicated with an asterisk (*) throughout this program. The College would like to take this opportunity to recognize their contributions to ACOEM.

    Pre- and Post-Conference Courses
    Pre- and post-conference courses are designed to enrich participants’ understanding of concepts and issues related to OEM, giving physicians the knowledge necessary to sustain a competitive edge. Content is driven by research, the latest in regulatory issues, and the expertise of the faculty. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; a separate registration fee is required. 


    ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam
    The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) will hold an MOC examination in Denver, CO on Sunday morning, April 23.  For more information or to register for the examination, visit the ABPM web site (www.theabpm.org) or call their office at 312-939-2276.

    MRO Certification Exam

    The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will hold an examination in Denver, CO on Sunday morning, April 23. For information or to register for the examination, call MROCC at 847-631-0599 or visit www.mrocc.org.

    TwitterTWEET TWEET! AOHC and Twitter                            
    ACOEM will be using Twitter to communicate late-breaking news and announcements regarding AOHC activities. It’s easy to follow what’s happening at AOHC by simply following this link – http://twitter.com/aohc. You can also receive these updates via RSS feeds, SMS text messages using your cell phone, or e-mail.