Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association
Leading Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Post-Grad Sessions & Worksite Tour

Thursday, September 15

7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hoover Dam Tour (WST-1)
This is an opportunity to explore one of the engineering marvels of the world. Take a guided tour of the inner workings of the power plant. Travel through the construction tunnels, and get a perspective on the incredible amounts of water that travel through the massive spillways and 30-foot pipes.


8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Evidence-based Injury Causation Determination and Writing an Accurate and Rateable Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) Report: Understanding Impairment, Permanent Restrictions, Apportionment to Causation and Future Medical Care (PG-1)
Chris Brigham, MD
Joel Weddington, MD
Steve Wiesner, MD
This critical session teaches you how to navigate the maze of MMI report writing, using practical tools to put those documents to work for you. You’ll find these evidence-based discussions are highly applicable to your practice in many areas such as causation analysis, impairment rating and work status prescriptions.


1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Power-Ortho: How to Manage Spine Injuries (PG-2)
Edward J. Park, MD
Emilio Puentedura, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
James Rappaport, MD
A comprehensive session that will give you the tools to properly diagnose, manage, and help to prevent these problems. Leaders in the fields of spine surgery, physical medicine, and physical therapy will work together to take participants through a review of relevant anatomy, discuss injury mechanisms and examination techniques, clinic based treatments, and referral guidelines.


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Practical Dermoscopy for the Occupational Health Physician (PG-3)
David Swanson, MD
This session will provide an overview of preventive dermatology concepts and teach you to apply pattern analysis and simple algorithms for the identification of skin neoplasms. You will learn to differentiate melanocytic from non-melanocytic lesions and assess the need for referral and/or biopsy based on dermoscopic findings.