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e-Newsletter – November/December 2011

Welcome to WOEMA’s e-newsletter. After over 50 years, gone is WOEMA’s printed newsletter for this new electronic format. WOEMA is committed to providing on-going communications to members while reducing its carbon footprint by eliminating paper usage. WOEMA members receive the newsletter via email every other month with contents appearing on this website. This e-newsletter includes links to pertinent information.


ACOEM Election Closes December 15

Ballots for the ACOEM Board elections can be accessed through www.acoem.org through December 15. Notice is provided in the ACOEM E-News and this year, members were reminded about the election in a general information mailing. To request a link to cast your vote, contact ACOEM. Two WOEMA members are candidates for election. Read more: Steven Pike, MD and Michael Fischman, MD.


WOEMA Board Election – Mail in your Ballot

WOEMA Members approved the slate of candidates as presented to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting held at the Western Occupational Health Conference in Las Vegas on September 9 and ballots were mailed to all voting members. The deadline to return ballots is Dec. 1st. Candidates for uncontested postions are: Peter Vasquez, MD, Ramon Terrazas, MD, William Lewis, MD, andSachin Kapoor, DO. Runnng for two contested director positions are four candidates: Bryce Breitenstein, MD, Anne Searcy, MD, Robert Blink, MD, and Steven Feinberg, MD. Mail your ballot today if you haven’t already done so.


CME Webinars Offered FREE to WOEMA Members

WOEMA Members enjoy the opportunity to participate in live webinars offered six times a year. By completing the questions at the end of each webinar, free CME credit is provided. To catch up on webinars offered this past year, go to the following direct links: Occupational Medicine Practice in the New Era of Health Care Reform – Paul Papanek, MD, MPH, FACOEM Public and Worker Health Impacts from the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident – Thomas McKone, PhD and James Seward, MD, MPPVisual Ergonomics in the Workplace – Jeffrey Anshel, OD, FAAOObstructive Sleep Apnea and the Commercial Driver: Understanding the Controversy and Applying Screening Criteria – Scott Levy, MD, MPH, FACOEMFibromyalgia – Sheetal Desai, MD, MSEdOpioid Use Guidlines for Chronic Pain Treatment – Steven Feinberg, MD, MPH and Scott Levy, MD, MPH, FACOEM For a list of CME webinars offered prior to 2011, go to the WOEMA website.


Save the Date for WOHC 2012!

Western Occupational Health Conference (watch preview video) September 13-15, 2012 InterContinental Hotel San Francisco, CA If you missed the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC 2011) held in Las Vegas, you can download the speaker presentations in PDF format at the WOEMA website.