• Continuing Education

  • Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track

    Dates: Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, 2018
    Time: 10/20: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; 10/21: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Hyatt Regency Phoenix
    122 N Second St
    Phoenix, AZ 

    Registration/Hotel Information

    Course Summary

    Length: Course is 1.5 days, beginning at 8:00 am on Saturday and concluding at
    12:30 pm on Sunday. 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 to be beneficial.

    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% 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


    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
    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 distributed; 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.