Vice President Candidate (2022-2023)
Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM
I stumbled on the specialty of Occupational Medicine in my first job after college, translating medical abstracts. This was serendipitous because I certainly did not hear of the specialty during medical school. I had to seek champions and experiences in the field. I remember my advisor trying to talk me out of it, pushing me instead toward a “real” medical specialty. Nevertheless, I persisted, pursuing training and certification in this remarkable specialty.
In my decades of ACOEM membership, I have served at the local level as Delegate, President and Secretary of my component; at the national level as a member of the Board of Directors for just shy of two terms; and as member of numerous committees, councils and task forces. A leader in the Work Fitness and Disability section, I helped develop and teach ACOEM courses on this topic. I authored ACOEM’s first interactive online educational offering, Getting Your Patients Back to Work
, and continue to support ACOEM’s educational efforts as member of the Council on Education and Academic Affairs and Co-Chair of the Direct Educational Programs Oversight Committee. As former chair and current member of the OEM Practice Council, I have been leading ACOEM efforts to address appropriate payment for quality workers’ compensation care for several years.
If elected, my focus will be on continuing to raise the visibility of Occupational Medicine, increasing opportunities for our members, and collaborating with colleagues in other countries who face many of the same challenges. To be honest, I will continue to work on these issues whether elected or not, but as your elected representative, I anticipate greater opportunity to achieve these goals, for the members of ACOEM, who will be better positioned through our joint efforts to continue our unique support to workers, employers and society.