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  • Dr. Denece Kesler Receives ACOEM’s Health Achievement Award

    Recognized for establishing ACOEM’s Maintenance of Certification Part IV Module

    The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), an international medical society, honored Denece O. Kesler, MD, MPH, FACOEM, with the ACOEM Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award. The award – presented April 27 during its 2014 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in San Antonio — recognizes an ACOEM member for a specific, unique achievement in occupational and environmental medicine.

    Dr. Kesler, Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, was bestowed the 2014 Health Achievement Award for her key role in establishing ACOEM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV Module. Since its implementation, she has served as chair of the MOC Part IV Committee, reviewing countless modules and directly assisting diplomates with the Part IV process. Annually at AOHC, Dr. Kesler presents a minimum of two sessions on this topic — MOC Part IV and Becoming Board Certified in OEM. Additionally, she has served on numerous past AOHC program committees. Dr. Kesler is recognized for her outstanding body of work and contributions to ACOEM.

    Dr. Kesler received her MD from Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and her MPH from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine.

    Dr. Kesler joined ACOEM in 1997 and was elevated to Fellowship in 2005. She is a member of ACOEM’s Increasing Quality and Awareness of OEM Task Force, a member and past chair of the Education and Academic Affairs Council, and is a Section Alternate Delegate to the ACOEM House of Delegates (HOD). She has also chaired the Academic Occupational Medicine Section and served on the OEM Competencies Task Force and the HOD Internal Affairs Workgroup. Dr. Kesler is a member of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society.

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    About ACOEM — The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents nearly 4,500 physicians specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education. For more information, visit www.acoem.org.

    About the Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award — The Health Achievement Award was created in 1949 to annually recognize a company/corporation for an occupational medicine achievement. The criteria changed in 1971, to recognize an individual ACOEM member for a specific, unique achievement in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.