Pre & Post Courses

AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 6th Edition: A Case Based Approach to Understanding and Implementing the Guides

Friday April 29, 2022
8:00 am - 4:30 pm MDT 
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment® are the trusted source that physicians and others in almost all states rely on for impartial and dependable impairment ratings. This single‐day course, led by Douglas W. Martin, MD FACOEM FIAIME FAAFP, who is the current co-chair of the AMA Guides Editorial Panel, uses case presentations to help attendees learn how to assess and convey patient impairments using the AMA Guides 6th Edition, which are considered the benchmark for detailing permanent impairment to support insurance, legal, and administrative system needs. 
 
Content will be focused on the three musculoskeletal chapters of the AMA Guides® (Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity and Spine) and will also include discussion of commonly encountered diagnoses that appear in other chapters. The complex cases will use scenarios where multiple organ systems will need to be evaluated, thereby utilizing multiple chapters of the AMA Guides®. Initially, the course faculty will work through cases using the AMA Guides® and pointing out details and pitfalls. Once a few cases are completed, the participant will work through a case scenario independently. Faculty will then review the case pointing out important details and commonly misapplied areas.
 
IMPORTANT: Course attendees must have access to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition. Attendees may bring the book version of the 6th ed (2008) or have access via their own personal device to the AMA Guides 6th Digital. These are available from the AMA as part of the new AMA Guides Digital Platform or as a text from AMA Press. Click here for more information and to purchase the Guide.
 
AGENDA
 
8:00-9:00am                       Introduction - AMA Guides 6th Fundamentals
9:00-10:15am                     Upper Extremity
10:15-10:30am                   BREAK
10:30-12:00 noon              Upper Extremity Continued
12:00-12:30 pm                 LUNCH 
12:30 – 2:00 pm                 Lower Extremity
2:00p.m.-2:15 p.m.            BREAK
2:15p.m.-3:30 p.m.            Spine                                                                   
3:30 p.m-4:30pm               Other Chapters

 FACULTY
Douglas Martin MD is Medical Director at UnityPoint Health -- St Luke’s Occupational Medicine in Sioux City, Iowa. He received his MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr Martin is certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and is a certified MRO and FAA aviation medical examiner. He is also listed on the FMCSA’s NRCME. Dr Martin is a member of the Central States OEMA component.
 
ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to
  • Evaluate multiple organ systems.
  • Apply the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides® to worker impairment evaluations.
  • Derive an accurate impairment rating.
 
TARGET AUDIENCE
This course would appeal to both the new learner of the Guides (those physicians who have never received training and those who desire to add impairment evaluations to their menu of services) and the physician who would like a refresher course or a new approach to applying the Guides information to impairment evaluations.
 
ABMS CORE COMPETENCIES
This course will address the following ACGME/ABMS Competencies:
  • Systems-based Practice
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Professionalism
 
TUITION
Includes course materials, breakfast, lunch, breaks and CME credits
  • ACOEM Member:  $565
  • Non-member:        $665
  • Resident/Retired/Student Member:    $395
 *Please note that fees increase by $100 after March 31, 2022. 

REGISTRATION
Register online!  This is the AOHC registration site, but you can indicate that you are only attending a pre/post course at the very bottom of the second page.  Please contact us at educationinfo@acoem.org with any questions.  
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Medical Review Officer Comprehensive Course

Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The need for trained medical review officers (MROs) to evaluate drug and alcohol test results is enormous, and it is estimated that more than 20 million Americans are covered by programs requiring testing. Physicians in many specialties conduct drug and alcohol tests for business, industry, government agencies, and schools. The Drug-Free Workplace Act affects all federal agencies, and mandatory alcohol and drug testing is now required of all intrastate truckers, commercial driver’s license holders, pilots, and other transportation workers.

 
ACOEM has been the educational provider of choice for MROs since 1990. More than 17,000 physicians have completed ACOEM’s highly acclaimed training.
 
Format: Lecture/discussion, self-assessment exercises, case studies, panel, 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 later):
  1. MRO course syllabus
  2. MRO resource Manual
 
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 MRO Resource Manual 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 beneficial.
 
FACULTY
Kent W. Peterson, MD, MRO, FACOEM
Course Director and CMO of Examinetics. Dr. Peterson has served as ACOEM president and directed ACOEM’s MRO courses since their inception.
 
Michael A. Peat, PhD
Senior consulting forensic toxicologist and editor Journal of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Peat has managed many drug testing and clinical laboratories.
 
Donna R. Smith, EdD, PhD
Senior substance abuse management consultant. Dr. Smith was formerly Director of Drug Enforcement Programs and Compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
 
ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
ACOEM designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:
  • Describe the magnitude of substance misuse in the U.S. and workplaces
  • Develop effective urine collection and breath alcohol testing programs
  • Review federal custody and control forms to identify correctible and fatal flaws
  • Monitor forensic laboratory testing and quality assurance efforts 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
  • Communicate with employers about workplace safety issues from prescription medication
  • Recognize the physiological effects and clinical signs of commonly misused drugs
  • Implement testing of alternatives to urine, i.e., oral fluids and hair specimens
  • Describe legal and business aspects of MRO practice
TARGET AUDIENCE
You should attend this course if you are:
  • A physician seeking to update or enhance knowledge of drug and alcohol testing and/or perform as an MRO
  • A physician preparing to take the Medical Review Officer Certification Council’s (MROCC) initial certification or recertification examinations and needing to meet the MROCC’s CME eligibility requirement
  • A physician or other health care professional interested in interpreting federal regulations governing truckers, pilots, other Department of Transportation workers, federal contractors, and workers in the energy industry.
  • A physician or other health care professional interested in developing or improving skills in conducting drug screening of urine, oral fluid, hair and breath alcohol testing, evaluating results, addressing job safety and return-to-work issues.
 
Note: The MRO Comprehensive 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.
 
TUITION
Includes course materials, breakfasts, lunches, breaks and CME credits
ACOEM Member:                                             $895*
Non-member:                                                   $1095*
Resident/Retired/Student Member:               $545*
 
*Please note that fees increase by $100 after March 31, 2022.
 
REGISTRATION
Register online!  This is the AOHC registration site, but you can indicate that you are only attending a pre/post course at the very bottom of the second page.  Please contact us at educationinfo@acoem.org with any questions. 
 
MRO CERTIFICATION EXAM 
The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will host an MRO Certification exam session following ACOEM’s MRO Comprehensive course. Registration for the MRO course does not constitute registration for the examination. 
 
For more information on the MRO exam please contact MROCC directly at www.mrocc.org or 847/631-0599.
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Occupational Medicine Board Review (OMBR)

Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day

Course Description 
 If you are striving to reach, or maintain, the definitive credential in your profession – occupational medicine certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) – look no further for expert assistance and instruction. Now you can prepare confidently for the certifying or recertifying examination. By taking the ACOEM Occupational Medicine Board Review course, you can refresh your knowledge of the exam’s content, identify strengths and weaknesses in your preparation, and learn how to concentrate on areas needing more review.
 
ACOEM’s comprehensive Occupational Medicine Board Review course covers topics relevant to the rigorous ABPM occupational medicine examination and provides sample questions as well as guidance for preparation and test-taking strategies. No other review course prepares you better. Please note that this course is designed to efficiently cover high-yield topics and is not intended to be either an introduction to or a comprehensive review of the field, which is offered in ACOEM’s Essentials Program.
 
The ABPM will offer the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam on Sunday, May 1 – a separate registration is required. Please visit https://www.theabpm.org/maintain-certification/moc-exam-dates-and-fees/ for more information.
 
Format: Lecture, discussion, case studies.
 
Syllabus: A digital copy of the course syllabus will be distributed electronically approximately 4-6 weeks before the course (or within 10 days of ACOEM receiving your registration, if you register within 4-6 weeks of the course). Registrants will receive an email with instructions about how to access and download the digital file. In addition, a hard copy of the syllabus will be distributed when registrants check-in for the course.
 
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 beneficial.
 
Faculty 
Alya Khan, MD, MS, FACOEM
Christopher J. Martin, MD, MSC, FACOEM
Andrew C. Yorgason, DO, MPH, FACOEM
 
Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Learning Objectives 
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Develop a strategy for preparing for the ABPM occupational medicine (OM) initial certification or MOC examinations
  • Identify requirements and content of the OM exam and review sources for preparation and exam review
  • Identify health effects of chemical, physical, biological, psychological, and ergonomic hazards
  • Describe the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of occupational and environmental diseases
  • Apply current best practices and clinical guidelines to the treatment of occupational diseases and disorders
  • Discuss control of occupational and environmental factors that affect health
  • Review the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of travel-related medical conditions
  • Describe the managerial and administrative aspects of occupational medicine practice.
  • Outline the regulatory, legal, and ethical framework under which occupational physicians and related professionals operate, and apply this framework to cases and problems that arise in practice
  • Update their knowledge of specific practice areas within occupational medicine to meet the requirements of recertification
  • Apply epidemiologic, statistical, and toxicology principles to occupational medicine decision-making and practice
 Target Audience
You should attend the Occupational Medicine Board Review if you are: 
  • A physician preparing to take the initial certification examination in OM through the Residency, Complementary, or Special Pathways of ABPM
  • A physician preparing to take the MOC examination in OM of ABPM (through 2023)
  • A resident interested in a high-level overview of OM practice or who plans to take the ABPM exam in the future.  
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
 
Tuition
Includes course materials, breakfasts, lunches, breaks and CME/MOC credits
ACOEM Member:  $895*
Non-member:        $1095*
Resident/Retired/Student Member:    $545*
 
*Please note that fees increase by $100 after March 31, 2022.
 
Registration
Register online.  This is the AOHC registration site, but you can indicate that you are only attending a pre/post course at the very bottom of the second page.  Please contact us at educationinfo@acoem.org with any questions. 
 
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Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health - 2022 Physician Update

Saturday, April 30, 2022
8:00 AM - 5:15 PM MDT
 
Depending on COVID, this course may be presented virtually to a live audience
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Occupational medicine physicians frequently use spirometry in their practices, but their traditional medical training rarely prepares them to appreciate the impact of the technical pitfalls on spirometry results, nor does it introduce them to the importance of using optimal interpretation algorithms. Both elements are important when practitioners use spirometry with other diagnostic tools to evaluate workers for occupational lung disease and/or to medically clear them to use respirators.

This ACOEM course provides down-to-earth guidance and presents recent OSHA regulatory changes related to the updated Cotton Dust Standard, Respirable Crystalline Silica and NIOSH’s Coal Worker Health Surveillance Program. It also presents recent ATS/ERS and ACOEM recommendations for spirometry testing and special considerations for postponing or conducting spirometry testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws on spirometry information from a comprehensive NIOSH-approved course and selecting case examples for a physician audience to illustrate the use of spirometry and other diagnostic tools to evaluate workers for occupational lung disease and/or for medical clearance to use their respirator.
 
FACULTY
Mary C. Townsend, DrPH
Clayton Cowl, MD, MS
 
ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

  1. Explain the requirements for a valid test
  2. Apply valid spirometry testing technique
  3. Avoid errors in spirometer calibration checks
  4. Interpret test results following official American Thoracic Society (ATS) and ACOEM Guidelines
  5. List factors to consider when purchasing new equipment
  6. Describe recommendations of AIHA/ANSI Z88.6-2006 on medical clearance for respirator use 
TARGET AUDIENCE
You should attend this course if you are:
  1. A physician in occupational medicine, family practice, internal medicine, or other primary practice areas who wishes to learn or review spirometry testing techniques and interpretation of test results.
  2. A resident or fellow in occupational medicine seeking training in pitfalls of spirometry testing and ATS and ACOEM guidelines on interpreting test results. 
  3. A nurse practitioner involved in providing care for patients with lung or respiratory issues.
  4. A physician assistant who has not received extensive training in spirometry testing pitfalls and interpretation of results.
Note that NIOSH reviews and approves Spirometry Courses for technicians conducting testing in the occupational health setting. While this ACOEM course includes material from a NIOSH-approved course, as well as including additional material specifically chosen for a physician audience, this course confers no NIOSH spirometry certification. 
 
OEM COMPETENCIES 
This course will address the following OEM Competencies:
  1. Clinical-Pulmonary
  2. OEM Related Law and Regulations
  3. Environmental Health
  4. Public Health – Surveillance – Disease Prevention
  5. Patient Care and Procedural Skills
TUITION
Includes course materials, breakfast, lunch, breaks and CME credits
  • ACOEM Member:  $565*
  • Non-member:        $665*
  • Resident/Retired/Student Member:    $395*

 
*Please note that fees increase by $100 after March 31, 2022.
 
REGISTRATION
Register online! This is the AOHC registration site, but you can indicate that you are only attending a pre/post course at the very bottom of the second page.  Please contact us at educationinfo@acoem.org with any questions. 
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Medical Center Occupational Health Basics

Thursday, May 5, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The complexity of the health care setting demands that occupational medicine physicians and other providers in medical center occupational health programs acquire a sophisticated and specialized skill set. This includes a comprehensive knowledge of healthcare-specific requirements and standards, as well as practical knowledge of program implementation and organization of services. The course will address principles of immunization and medical surveillance programs, infectious exposure evaluation and emerging infectious threats, management of infected healthcare workers, chemical and radiation hazards, violence in the workplace, wellness and disease management interventions, and OSHA’s approach to hazards in the healthcare industry.
 

COURSE SUMMARY

The course is 1 day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:00p.m.  It will consist of lecture/discussion, case studies, panel discussion, and questions and answers.
 
FACULTY
Amy Behrman, MD
Rebecca Guest, MD, MPH
Michael Hodgson, MD, MPH
Rachel Leibu, MD, MPH
Lori Rolando, MD, MPH
Mark Russi, MD, MPH
Melanie Swift, MD, MPH
Wendy Thanassi, MD, MA
 
ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
ACOEM designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA category 1 credits ™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:
  • Recognize and treat illnesses and injuries most likely to affect healthcare workers
  • Implement state-of-the-art strategies to manage infectious hazards in the workplace
  • Protect healthcare workers from chemical and physical hazards
  • Implement multidisciplinary programs to reduce workplace assaults and other hazards requiring special emphasis.
  
TARGET AUDIENCE
This course is designed for occupational medicine providers in occupational health programs for healthcare personnel, with specific focus on providers seeking an update on the current state of the art, and those wishing to establish or improve upon workplace programs to mitigate high priority hazards. You should attend this course if you are:
  • A health care provider working in a hospital, clinic, or other medical center or health care environment where broad familiarity and up-to-date knowledge of the specific hazards of such occupational settings is essential.
  • An occupational medicine physician or other provider of occupational medical services wishing to develop a more sophisticated understanding of hospital-specific hazards, program implementation, and organization of services.
 
ABMS CORE COMPETENCIES
This course will address the following ACGME/ABMS Competencies:
  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
 
TUITION
Includes course materials, breakfast, lunch, breaks and CME credits
  • ACOEM Member:  $565*
  • Non-member:        $665*
  • Resident/Retired/Student Member:    $395*
 
*Please note that fees increase by $100 after March 31, 2022.
 
REGISTRATION
Register online!  This is the AOHC registration site, but you can indicate that you are only attending a pre/post course at the very bottom of the second page.  Please contact us at educationinfo@acoem.org with any questions. 
 
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