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Conference Schedule & Plenary Session Presentations WOHC 2013 | September 25-28, 2013 Honolulu, HI

Friday, 
September 27


PLENARY SESSIONS and EVENTS

6:30 am

Registration Opens

6:30 am – 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:15 am – 7:30 am

WOHC Chair’s Welcome 
Bernyce M. Peplowski, DO, MS

7:30 am – 7:45 am

Living Aloha & Pono
Christopher R. Brigham, MD, FACOEM

7:50 am – 9:15 am

Evidence-Based Medicine: Improving Patient Outcomes
Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACOEM;
Charles W. Kennedy, Jr. MD;
Ingrid Pederson

8:00 am – 11:30 am

Guest Tour: Dole Pineapple Plantation

9:20 am – 10:00 am

Understanding Cultural Differences in Pain Management
Jon Streltzer, MD

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Break/Exhibits

10:30am – 12:00 pm

Opioids: Achieving Effectiveness, Assuring Safety, Minimizing Disability
Lee S. Glass, MD, JD

AMDG:Interagency Guideline on Opioid Dosing (2010 Update) [PDF]FDA Info – Methadone [PDF]SAMHSA – Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs [PDF]

Opioids for Subacute and Chronic Pain
Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Moderator: Robert Goldberg, MD, FACOEM

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
(Box lunches available for purchase)

Lunchtime Lectures – Choose from the following topics of interest:

Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Renewed Perspective 
Toby L. Clairmont, RN, CHEP

or

Diving Medicine – USN Diver/SEAL Submarine Overview
Thomas Kersch, CAPT, MD

1:20 pm – 2:20 pm

 

Effects of Early Physical Therapy (PT) and Integrating PT/Occupational Physician Visit
Nazly Behnia, DPT, OSC;
David Nguyen, MD;
Romy Timm, MPT, CEAS

2:20 pm – 2:55 pm

Radiation and Human Health: Key Issues in Low Dose Radiation Exposure
James P. Seward, MD, MPP, MMM, FACOEM

2:55 pm – 3:25 pm

Break / Exhibits

3:25 pm – 4:00 pm

Ophthalmic Injuries
J. Scott Kortvelesy, MD

4:05 pm – 4:45 pm

Hawaiian Air – Lung Ailments and Volcanic Activity (LAVA)
Elizabeth Tam, MD

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Rum Fire Reception (Hula Performance, Music, Hawaiian Food/Drink)

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Catamaran Cruise (advance registration required)

   

Saturday, 
September 28


PLENARY SESSIONS and EVENTS

6:30 am

Registration Opens

6:30 am – 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:15 am – 8:15 am

WOEMA President’s Address – Leslie Israel, DO

WOEMA Annual Business
Meeting/ Rutherford T. Johnstone Award lecture

T. Warner Hudson, III, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM

Jean Spencer Felton Award
Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM

8:15 am – 8:45 am

ACOEM President’s Address 
Ron Loeppke MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM 

8:45 am – 9:45 am

The Changing Face of Humanitarian Crises & Public Health Emergencies
Frederick Burkle, MD, MPH, DTM, PhD (Hon.) FAAP, FACEP

9:50 am – 10:30 am

Care-at-a-Distance: Telemedicine Solutions and Potential Applications in Occupational Health
Peter J. Vasquez, MD

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Break / Exhibits

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Spine Case Discussion
Zhong Ling, MD, PhD, MPH

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(Box lunches available for purchase)

Lunchtime Lectures – Choose from the following topics of interest:

State Legislative Updates & Roundtable Discussions 
Robert C. Blink, MD

or

The History of Leprosy in Hawaii
Vernon E. Ansdell, MD

1:15 pm – 1:55 pm

Evidence on Work-Related Causation of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
David M. Rempel, MD, MPH, FACOEM

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Optimizing Health Care Delivery by Integrating Workplaces, Homes and Communities
Ron Loeppke MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM 

ACOEM Position Paper: Optimizing Health Care Delivery by Integrating Workplaces, Homes, and Communities [PDF]

Integrating Occupational Medicine Practice into the Accountable Care Organization
Fred Fung, MD, MS, JD, Esq.

Integrating occupational medicine practice into an Accountable Care Organization (Draft Manuscript)
[PDF]

2:50 pm – 3:10 pm

Break

3:10 pm – 3:45 pm

Assessing Current Health Threats from Past Exposure to Novel Agents: Lessons Learned from Military Occupations
Joanna M. Gaitens, PhD, MSN. MPH, RN;
Stella E. Hines, MD, MSPH;
Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT, FACOEM;
Katherine Squibb, PhD

3:50 pm – 4:25 pm

Factoring Happiness into the Productivity Equation: Your Patients and You!
Les Kertay, PhD, ABPP

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Late Breaking News
Walter Newman, Jr., MD 

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Closing Remarks 
Bernyce Peplowski, DO, MS (WOHC 2013 Chair)
Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM (WOEMA President 2013)
Erik Won, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM (WOHC 2014 – San Diego Chair)
Ellyn McIntosh, MD, MPH, FACOEM (WOEMA President 2014)