COVID-19 Resource Center

Virtual Symposia


Eligible for up to 10.5 AMA PRA Catergory 1 CreditsTM
September 11, 12, & 13, 2020
​12:00 - 4:00 PM ET

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As states continue to reopen following the lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACOEM’s Working Safely in the COVID-19 Era: Case Studies and Lessons Learned Virtual Symposium will provide critical information and tools for occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) professionals, their multidisciplinary teams, as well as, employers to continue the safe return to work (RTW) of employees. This Symposium is unique as emerging challenges of working during the pandemic and potential pitfalls to avoid will be discussed along with specific scenarios and examples provided. COVID-19 related topics will include updates on testing, contact tracing, and where we are in terms of vaccine development. There will also be discussion on ergonomic issues, workers’ compensation and telemedicine. Updates on airborne transmission/masking/ventilation will be provided and an interdisciplinary panel including industrial hygiene and safety professionals will review the built environment. The Symposium will continue to explore the effects of the pandemic on mental health and health care worker wellness, public health disparities, and patients with prolonged and delayed recovery from infection. Lastly, updates will be provided on industry-specific guidance that can be applied to workplace environments.
More time will be dedicated to Q&A as well as more emphasis on audience engagement. All registrants will receive the recordings, slides and Q&A transcripts from each day for subsequent review.

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Target Audience

The Virtual Symposium is designed for physicians and other health care professionals who specialize in or have an interest in occupational and environmental medicine (OEM), including nurses, physician assistants, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, environmental health specialists, and human resource professionals. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Cite new developments in PCR and antibody testing as well as vaccine development.
  • Assess the psychological impacts that the pandemic has on workers, especially health care providers, and the strategies and resources needed to assist them.
  • Explain ergonomic issues including safety and proper equipment for employees working from home and how claims are being processed under workers’ compensation.
  • Describe what prolonged and delayed recovery looks like for some patients infected with COVID-19.
  • Cite ways to alter flow, space, and occupancy in the built environment during the pandemic.
  • Identify updated guidance on health and safety measures with a focus on several industries (e.g., health care, transportation, maritime, food/grocery). 
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Program Agenda

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(Subject to Change)

Program Overview:

DAY 1: SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 
  • Learning from Prior Public Health Responses   
  • Public Health Disparities
  • Pediatric Perspectives on School Re-opening
  • Vaccine Development
  • Mental Health/Health Care Worker Wellness
  • Contact Tracing 
DAY 2: SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 
  • Built Environment 
  • Airborne Transmission/Masking/Respirators/Ventilation – Updates
  • Telemedicine
  • Testing (PCR, Antibody)
  • Recovery/Rehabilitation
  • Ergonomic Issues among Teleworkers
  • Workers’ Compensation 
DAY 3: SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 
Updates on Industry Specific Guidance
  • Meatpacking
  • Food/Grocery
  • Health Care
  • Transportation and Travel
  • Maritime/Oil Fields/Remote Workers
  • Public Safety

Accreditation Statement
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation Statement
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Registration Fees




Resident / Student / Retired Member 

Full Event








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Virtual Symposium Planning Committee

  • Tanisha Taylor, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
  • Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Beth Baker, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Blink, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM
  • X.J. Ethan Moses, MD, MPH
  • Chang Rim Na, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Orford, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM
  • Glenn Pransky, MD, FACOEM

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