• Continuing Education

  • Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track

    Dates: Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, 2018
    Time: 7/28: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm; 7/29: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel
    6501 Mannheim Rd
    Rosemont, IL 60018


    Registration/Hotel Information

    Course Summary

    Length: Course is 1.5 days, concluding at lunch time on Day 2. MROCC will offer the certification exam on Sunday — separate registration required (see below).

    Format: Lecture/discussion, case studies, panel, self-assessment exercise, 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 within 6 weeks of the course): 1) a course Syllabus, 2) a Supplement to the Syllabus, 3) a Resource Guide. 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 Syllabus Supplement and Resource Guide 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.

    Description: Today, physicians in many specialties conduct drug and alcohol tests for business, industry, government agencies, and schools. The need for trained medical review officers (MROs) to evaluate test results extends to more than 20 million Americans. The Drug-Free Workplace Act affects all federal agencies. Mandatory alcohol and drug testing is now required of all intrastate truckers, commercial driver’s license holders, and other transportation workers. In joint government agreements, the United States, Canada, and Mexico also monitor truckers crossing international borders. More than 60 percent of large private employers require drug and alcohol testing. ACOEM has been the educational provider of choice for MROs since 1990. More than 13,000 physicians have completed ACOEM’s highly acclaimed training.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

    • Discuss the prevalence and impact (epidemiology) of alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace today
    • Recognize the physiological effects and clinical signs of commonly abused drugs
    • Develop effective urine collection and breath alcohol testing programs
    • 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
    • Recognize a potential false positive drug test and when to order a reanalysis or split-specimen analysis
    • Address medical confidentiality, disclosure of medical information, and job safety issues
    • Review federal custody and control forms to identify correctible and fatal flaws
    • Monitor forensic laboratory testing and quality assurance efforts
    • Refer employees to substance abuse professionals and treatment/rehabilitation programs 

    Target Audience

    You should attend this course if you are:

    • A physician seeking to update or enhance knowledge of drug testing and/or perform as an MRO
    • A physician or health care professional interested in developing or improving skills in conducting alcohol and urine drug screening, evaluating results, addressing job safety and return-to-work issues, and interpreting federal regulations governing truckers, pilots, other Department of Transportation workers, federal contractors, and workers in the energy industry
    • A physician preparing to take the Medical Review Officer Certification Council’s (MROCC) initial certification or re-certification examinations and needing to meet the MROCC’s CME eligibility requirement.

    Note: The MRO 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.


    Kent W. Peterson, MD, MRO, FACOEM
    Michael A. Peat, PhD
    Donna R. Smith, EdD, PhD

    Accreditation: 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 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    ABPM MOC Credit: This activity satisfies 12.0 ABPM MOC credits.

    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, breakfast, lunch, breaks and CME/MOC credits.

    ACOEM Member:  $895
    Non-member: $1095
    Resident/Retired/Student Member: $545

    Contact Berenice Lagrimas at 847/818-1800 x1374; blagrimas@acoem.org

    MRO Certification Exam

    The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will host an MRO Certification exam session at the conclusion of ACOEM’s MRO course.  Please note: registration for the MRO course does not constitute registration for the examination.

    For more information on the MRO exam and to register for the exam please contact MROCC directly at www.mrocc.org or 847/631-0599.

    Payment of registration fees must accompany the registration form. The registration form and appropriate fees should be mailed or faxed to:

    ACOEM Lockbox
    PO Box 1205
    Bedford Park, Illinois 60499-1205

    CREDIT CARD: Fax to ACOEM at 847-818-9265
    Attendees may use VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover for payment of registration fees. When paying by credit card, all pertinent information (card number, name of cardholder, expiration date) must be included on the registration form. If paying by company check, make sure the form and payment are sent together. Registrations received without payment will not be processed.

    ACOEM Federal ID#
    The federal employers identification number (FEIN) for ACOEM is 36-3593614. Some attendees may need this information when requesting funds for payment of conference fees from their employer.

    Cancellation Policy
    Cancellation requests must be received in writing at least four weeks before the first day of the course. A refund will be issued minus an administrative fee of $50, plus $95 for the course syllabus (if already shipped; the syllabus is not returnable). No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. Requests to change from one course to another must be received in writing at least four weeks before the first day of the course. Accommodations to these requests will be made on a space-available basis. Notification by phone will not be accepted for cancellations or changes.