• Continuing Education

  • Medical Review Officer Course

    Friday, April 27, 2018
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside

    Registration/Hotel Information

    Course Summary

    Length: Course is 2 days, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and concluding at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The 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 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.

    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.

    Designation: 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.

    ABPM MOC Credit: This activity satisfies 15 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, breakfasts, lunches, breaks and CME/MOC credits

    ACOEM Member:  $860
    Non-member: $1,060
    Resident/Retired/Student Member: $510


    Questions: Contact us with questions at educationinfo@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 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.