Welcome to WOHC 2013

As we began planning for WOHC 2013, we felt strongly that our members were in need of an opportunity for rejuvenation and reunion, professionally and personally. Hence the choice of Waikiki for this conference - the perfect destination to both relax and reenergize.

Our Western Occupational Health Conferences are noteworthy for their practical yet cutting edge medical education, with information that can be utilized by the practicing physician immediately upon return to the office. We are committed to offering the right mix of courses one needs to keep current.

We are thrilled to be able to provide a core curriculum, which includes the DOT course, along with a range of sessions from Power Ortho to Causation, Outcomes & Evidence-Based Medicine, Pain Management, Ophthalmology and Respiratory Irritants.

In addition to mastering our clinical skills, we also want to be mindful of our inner selves. That's why we've offered a course on factoring happiness into the productivity equation. We hope you'll join us for WOHC 2013 to gain essential occupational medicine knowledge, while rejuvenating your mind and spirit.


Bernyce Peplowski, DO, MS
Conference Chair
VP and Chief Medical Officer California
US HealthWorks Medical Group

Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM
President, WOEMA
Clinical Professor, UC Irvine, Department of Medicine
Residency Director, UC Irvine, Occupational Medicine Residency Program
Medical Director, UC Irvine, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Vernon Ansdell, MD
Robert Barth, PhD
Nazly Behnia, DPT
Bob Blink, MD
Michael Berneking, MD
Christopher Brigham, MD, FACOEM
Frederick "Skip" Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, PhD    (Hon.), FAAP, FACEP
Toby Clairmont, RN, CEM
Scott Fishman, MD
Fred Fung, MD
Joanna Gaitens, PhD, RN
Kimberly George
Lee Glass, MD, JD
Robert Goldberg, MD, FACOEM
Kurt Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Stella Hines, MD, MSPH
Marcos Iglesias, MD, MMM, FAAFP, FACOEM
Charles Kennedy, MD
CAPT. Thomas Kersch, MD
Les Kertay, PhD
Scott Kortvelesy, MD
Stephen Levit, MD
Zhong Ling, MD
Ronald Loeppke, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Melissa McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT
Burt Moritz, IV, MD
David Nguyen, MD
Ingrid Pederson
Anne-Marie Puricelli, MD
David Rempel, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Lester L. Sacks, MD, PhD
James Seward, MD, MPP, MMM, FACOEM
Katherine Squibb, PhD
Jon Streltzer, MD, MSW
Elizabeth Tam, MD
Romy Timm, MPT
Jerry Van Meter, MD
David Vasconcellos, MD
Peter Vasquez, MD

  • Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Course (NRCME Certification)
  • Causation/Medical Decision Making/Outcomes
  • Pain & Opioid Management (from national experts)
  • Innovation - from Telemedicine to ACOs
  • Disaster Management
  • Power Ortho: Shoulder and Knee Injuries
  • Catching the "Yellow Flag" (Case Discussions)
  • Plus, updates and new skills to put to practice immediately

Maximum 32 Hours of Category 1 CME
Plus, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credit

Douglas Benner, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Susan Borrego, RN, MSN, COHN-S/CM
Bryce Breitenstein, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOEM
Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Constantine Gean, MD, MBA, MS, FACOEM
Robert Goldberg, MD, FACOEM
John Hannon, MD, MPH
Britt Hatfield, MD, MBA, MPH, FACOEM
T. Warner Hudson III, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM
Pamela Hymel, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM
Geoffrey Jacoby, MD, MS
Paula Lenny, MD, MPH, FACOEM
James Lessenger, MD, FACOEM
Ellyn McIntosh, MD, MPH, FACOEM
David McKinney, MD, MPH
Walter Newman, Jr., MD
Gale Northcross, MD, MPH
Robert Orford, MD, MS, MPH, FACOEM
Robert Pandya, MD, MPH, FACP, ABDA, FACOEM
Paul Papanek, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOEM
Bernyce Peplowski, DO, MS
Anne Searcy, MD
Hong Zhang, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM

WOEMA seeks to promote and protect the health of people at work and in their environment through preventative service, clinical care, research, and evaluation. WOHC provides educational activities designed to enhance the professional capabilities of occupational and environmental medicine health care providers, and promote their life-long learning.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is the premier association of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) physicians and other OEM health professionals in the world. Physicians in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii join the WOEMA component through application to ACOEM. For more information or to join WOEMA visit www.acoem.org or www.woema.org.

3 ways to register:

FAX: 415-764-4915
MAIL: Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA)
575 Market Street, Suite 2125, San Francisco, CA 94105

Rum Fire Dinner

Catch the aloha spirit at Rum Fire! Sip a tropical rum drink on the patio, rediscover the art of conversation by the fire pit and enjoy delicious Hawaiian food, while gazing at Diamond Head and beautiful Waikiki Beach at sunset. You won't want to miss an exclusive hula performance for WOHC attendees. Commercial support provided by CID Management, Concentra, and One Call Medical.

Catamaran Cruise

What better way to end the day than aboard the Mai Tai Sunset Sail Catamaran! Barefoot board right on Waikiki Beach, then sail out through the surf line and leave the hustle and bustle of Waikiki behind. Commercial support provided by NextImage Medical.

(register in advance)

WEDNESDAY, September 25

All Day (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Course (NRCME Certification)
To become a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), health care professionals must complete the necessary training and testing to meet the certification requirements for the evaluation of CMV drivers. CMV drivers in interstate commerce must use medical examiners listed on the NRCME to obtain a medical certificate to show that they are fit to drive, beginning May 21, 2014. This full-day course offers the necessary preparation for the exam.

THURSDAY, September 26

7:00 am - 11:00 am

Power Ortho: Musculoskeletal (PG-1)
This course offers a presentation on the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries, a "hands-on" physical exam and common injection techniques, and presentation of surgical treatments commonly performed on the shoulder and knee, as well as their expected outcomes.

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Worksite Tour: Military Naval Yard (WST)
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is the largest ship repair facility between the West Coast and Far East. The shipyard provides repair service 24/7. This tour provides an inside look at occupational stressors and exposures typically encountered in any major shipyard. We will explore how the Shipyard's safety program protects its workforce while keeping the Pacific Fleet "Fit to Fight."
(Limited space - register early.)

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Causation for Occupational Injuries - Myths vs. Science & Medical Decision Making (PG-2)
Causation analysis must be based on facts and supported by scientific findings, rather than opinions. Attendees to this fast-paced session will gain critical insight into the health science standards governing all such inquiries. Chronic pain claims will be used as a specific example of how the scientific knowledge base can be applied to claims. Robert Barth, PhD, internationally recognized neuropsychologist, will provide a framework and our esteemed panel will facilitate a lively discussion of the practical implications of the information presented.

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Military Exposure and Civilian Implications (PG-3)
Gain essential skills in assessing patients, workers and consults presenting with histories of unique environmental, workplace toxic agent and military duty exposures. As millions of veterans return home and to workplaces or seek employment, occupational medicine physicians will be called upon to determine their health status. This session will offer valuable tools for those with administrative and clinical oversight of pre-placement, return to work, fitness for duty and other related occupational health evaluations.

WOEMA is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

WOEMA takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

WOEMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 32 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. This credit may also be applied to the CME Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

AAPA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME for completion of NCCPA certification maintenance and state regulatory requirements.

AAFP: Approval is pending for prescribed credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

ABPM: Most WOHC sessions are eligible for ABPM MOC credits toward recertification with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Those sessions are identified by "MOC." The course code is 710.

Nurses: The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes Category 1 CME for license renewal purposes.

QME Credit: WOHC is a provider of continuing education credit for the Industrial Medical Council (IMC); this program counts for up to 12 hours of QME credit. Provider Number: 340

ABOHN: The American Board of Occupational Health Nurses recognizes Category 1 CME as applicable for the education requirement for certification by the ABOHN.

AOA: This conference may be eligible for Category 2-A credit from the American Osteopathic Association.


After attending WOHC 2013, participants will be able to:

Determine the appropriate utilization of Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines to improve care outcomes.

Formulate & develop sequential diagnostic, treatment and management plans for patients with common occupational conditions (shoulder & knee injuries, respiratory irritants, eye injuries).

Modulate pain therapy by addressing pharmacologicical, psychological and cultural issues in patients with acute & chronic pain.

Design innovative programs for occupational medicine practices (telemedicine, utilization of physician extenders, hyperbaric medicine).

Apply and integrate new concepts for DOT evaluations (requirement by Department of Transportation).

Solve disability & lower productivity issues with awareness of need for patients to experience happiness as a precursor.

Formulate plans to integrate occupational medicine practices into Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Sheraton Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Please call the hotel at 808-921-4611 and identify yourself with "WOHC" or "Western Occupational Health Conference" to receive the group rate of $250 per night + tax and resort fee. You may also reserve a hotel room online on the accommodations link available at: www.woema.org.

The cut-off date for room reservations is August 25, 2013, or until the room block is full. After the cut-off date, it is at the hotel's discretion whether to honor the discounted group rate. When making reservations, a deposit equal to one night's stay will be required. It is refundable if the reservation is cancelled with at least 72 hours prior notice.

ACOEM/WOEMA members register for the discounted member registration fee. Fee includes: Welcome Reception, Rum Fire Dinner and Catamaran Cruise, continental breakfast and CME lunch sessions on Friday and Saturday, and syllabus provided on flash drive.

Separate registration fees apply for: DOT course, post-graduate sessions, golf and tennis tournaments, outrigger canoe ride, guest events, and boxed lunches.

Click here for registration fees.

Members of ACOEM and WOEMA are eligible for registration discounts in addition to the benefits accrued throughout the year. Become a member by calling ACOEM at 847-818-1800 or join online at www.acoem.org.

To reserve an exhibit space, go to www.woema.org to complete the online exhibitor registration form. Exhibit spaces are available for $1,000 each, furnished with a table, two chairs, a one-line sign and full-conference registration for two representatives. There is a $50 electricity fee for exhibits requesting electrical access. Additional representatives can be registered at a fee of $550 each, and all representatives MUST be registered in order to staff your exhibit. There is $50 late fee after July 31.

WOEMA is inviting resident physicians to present posters on occupational and environmental medicine research or projects that have been conducted. A review panel will award a first prize ($250) and a second prize ($125) to the presenters. Resident physicians should indicate their intent to enter a poster by contacting the WOEMA office at 415-764-4918 by August 15.

A number of scholarships are available to residents. Those awarded scholarships will be requested to assist with speaker introductions and other activities to facilitate the conference. For an application, visit www.woema.org, and apply by July 15, 2013. View past scholarship recipients.

Guests may attend when registered with conference registrants on the same registration form. A fee of $75 per guest applies. Guests may attend continental breakfasts, breaks, and evening receptions. Luncheons and special events are not included and require separate payment/registration.

Email: woema@woema.org
Phone: 415-764-4918
Fax: 415-764-4915
Registration can be mailed to:
575 Market Street, Suite 2125
San Francisco, CA 94105

WEDNESDAY, September 25

Golf Tournament at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course

With the lush tropical surroundings and few signs of civilization, locals refer to the Royal Hawaiian as Jurassic Park, and it's a hit with most everyone who plays it. (transportation included)

Tennis Tournament at Waikiki Tennis Club

Spend the afternoon outdoors playing tennis at the Waikiki Tennis Club, a short walk from the hotel. All levels are welcome at this round-robin format tournament.

Outrigger Canoe Ride

The outrigger canoe is one of the safest ocean vessels today, and is the only vessel that does not require life jackets by the U.S. Coast Guard, making it the perfect activity for the whole family. Anyone can participate in this "royal" activity and experience the thrill of surfing from the safety of an outrigger canoe. Don't miss this private WOEMA outrigger canoe ride!

THURSDAY, September 26

WOHC 2013 Spirit of Aloha Welcome Reception

Join us in kicking off WOHC 2013 with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres — meet the exhibitors, and catch up with WOEMA colleagues after a day of stimulating sessions. Commercial Support provided by Corporate Health Resources, Med-Tek and Take Care Health Systems.

Guest Tour 1 - Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve: Snorkeling Excursion

Tucked inside an ancient volcanic crater that opens to the vast Pacific Ocean, this sparkling crescent-shaped bay encompasses a magnificent marine environment you won't want to miss during your trip to Hawaii. Grab a fish identification card and see if you can spot a kihikihi, a rainbow-hued parrotfish, or an elusive turtle. (Includes round-trip transportation and snorkeling equipment. Requires an additional $7.50 park entrance fee onsite.)

Residents Meeting

A gathering of residents will be held on Thursday evening following the Welcome Reception where there is an opportunity to meet the WOEMA leadership.

FRIDAY, September 27

Guest Tour 2 - Dole Pineapple Plantation

Travel to Oahu's central plain for a half-day tour and observe one of Hawaii's last major pineapple crops. At your visit to Dole Plantation, hop on the Pineapple Express Train Tour and learn about the history of agriculture in Hawaii and the founder, James Dole, or challenge yourself in the "World's Largest Maze" and discover a whole new way to get lost in paradise.

WOEMA Signature Special Events

Rum Fire Dinner

Catch the aloha spirit at Rum Fire! Sip a tropical rum drink on the patio, rediscover the art of conversation by the fire pit and enjoy delicious Hawaiian food, while gazing at Diamond Head and beautiful Waikiki Beach at sunset. You won't want to miss an exclusive hula performance for WOHC attendees. Commercial support provided by CID Management, Concentra, and One Call Medical.

Catamaran Cruise

What better way to end the day than aboard the Mai Tai Sunset Sail Catamaran! Barefoot board right on Waikiki Beach, then sail out through the surf line and leave the hustle and bustle of Waikiki behind. Commercial support provided by NextImage Medical.
(register in advance)