2021 AOHC Pre-courses

AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 6th Edition: A Case Based Approach to Understanding and Implementing the Guides 
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Presented Virtually
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, 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. The book is 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.
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.
AGENDA
8:00-9:00am Introduction to AMA Guides 6th Fundamentals
9:00-10:15 am Upper Extremity
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30 am-12:00 pm Upper Extremity Continued
12:00-12:30 pm Lunch
12:30-2:00pm Lower Extremity
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-3:30 pm Spine
3:30-4:30 pm Other Chapters
Faculty
Douglas W. Martin, MD FACOEM FIAIME FAAFP
Doug 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 College of Medicine 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.

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
registration fees

Includes course materials and CME/MOC credits. 

ACOEM Member $565                                      
Non-member $665
Resident/Retired/Student Member $395
 

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Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health - Physician Update 2021 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Presented Virtually
THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT
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 of spirometry testing, 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.
Learning objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:
  • Explain the requirements for a valid test
  • Apply valid spirometry testing technique
  • Avoid errors in spirometer calibration checks
  • Interpret test results following official American Thoracic Society (ATS) Guidelines
  • List factors to consider when purchasing new equipment
  • Describe recommendations of AIHA/ANSI Z88.6-2006 on medical clearance for respirator use
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.

TARGET AUDIENCE

You should attend this course if you are:

  • 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.
  • A resident or fellow in occupational medicine seeking training in pitfalls of spirometry testing and ATS guidelines on interpreting test results. 
  • A nurse practitioner involved in providing care for patients with lung or respiratory issues.
  • 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:

  • Clinical-Pulmonary
  • OEM Related Law and Regulations
  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health – Surveillance – Disease Prevention
  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
registration fees

Includes course materials and CME/MOC credits. 

ACOEM Member $565                                      
Non-member $665
Resident/Retired/Student Member $395