Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association
Leading Occupational & Environmental Medicine

WOHC 2014 Education Objectives (Comprehensive)

Post-Graduate Sessions and Worksite Tours

Post-Graduate Session 1:
Opioid Workshop: When “Just Say No” Is Not Enough – Health-Focused Discussions with Patients Seeking Opioids
9/17/14 – 8:00am-12:00pm
Paul Farnan, MD; Lee Glass, MD, JD

  • Participants will better appreciate what is known and what is not known concerning the efficacy of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain
  • Recognize the importance of the provider carefully setting boundaries and limits
  • Identify maladaptive interpersonal dynamics on the part of the patient and the provider, and appreciate how they interfere with care


Worksite Tour 1:
Solar Turbines Facility Tour
9/17/14 – 8:00am-3:00pm

  • Define three key elements of the  safety program unique to this organization
  • Outline  how health care costs (both occupational and non-occupational) affect the organization’s ability to compete globally
  • Delineate the cultural diversity of the organization
  • Describe overlaps and deficiencies in the system available to the employees
  • Determine what kinds of personal protective equipment (PPE)  are mandatory vs recommended
  • Observe any compliance issues and recommend ways to improve usage of PPE


Post-Graduate Session 2:
Occ Med Screening Tools: Bread & Butter
9/17/14 –  1:00pm-4:00pm
Paula Johnston, AU.D, CCC-A

  • Identify and interpret the types of hearing loss, typical symptoms, and audiogram configurations
  • Differentiate between noise-induced hearing loss and other types of hearing loss

Ellyn McIntosh, MD

  • The participant will be able to perform the basic interpretation of an audiogram.
  • The participant will learn the differential diagnosis of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, and how to differentiate occupational from non-occupational hearing loss.


Post-Graduate Session 3
Power Ortho
– “Walk the WOHC” – Foot, Ankle, and Gait
9/18/14 – 8:00am-12:00pm
Marc Chodos, MD; Lucille Andersen, MD; Franz Kopp, MD

  • Participants should have a working knowledge of foot and ankle anatomy, as it relates to the diagnosis of industrial lower extremity injuries
  • Participants will be able to diagnose common causes of lower extremity industrial injuries and disease processes
  • Participants will understand how to effectively and efficiently treat these entities, and know when to refer to a specialist
  • Participants will have a better understanding of the occupational medicine specific nuances to the lower extremity, including workplace safety, injury prevention and the multi-specialty coordination required to manage complex foot and ankle workplace injuries.


Worksite Tour 2:
Aircraft Maintenance Facility Tour
9/18/14 – 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Identify three types of safety control: engineering, substitution, and administrative
  • Understand the potential workplace exposures by participating in workplace tours
  • Determine who the key members and organizations tasked with worker safety are
  • Identify key roles and how each contributes to employee health: Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Medicine
  • Learn of the unique occupational exposures that exist in this facility
  • Understand the medical risk imposed in an aging workforce with comorbid medical conditions


Post-Graduate Session 4:
Wound Closure & Slit lamps
9/18/14 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Kirk Harmon, MD

  • To learn how to correctly use the slit lamp
  • To learn how to safely remove a foreign body from the eye

Martin Jay Porcelli, DO

  • Reviewing various suturing techniques for open wound repair.
  • Being capable of recognizing the best techniques to use in various situations and wound conditions.
  • You will become comfortable with those particular techniques addressing various conditions.
  • The techniques will include straight line repair (simple suturing), mattress sutures, subcuticular stitching and advanced Z-plasty.

Plenary Session

Keynote: The Future of Occupational Medicine
9/19/14 – 8:10am-8:40am
John Howard, MD

  • Update attendees on NIOSH activity
  • Discuss carcinogen policy
  • Update attendees on NIOSH Disaster Science Initiative


Public Health Updates for the OEM Provider
9/19 8:45am-9:30am
Mark Russi, MD


Border Health, Public Health Perspectives
9/19/14 9:30am – 10:15am
Edith Lederman, MD

  • Describe the demographics and common health conditions of frequent border crossers in the Southwestern United States
  • Describe the potential consequences due to gaps in health care access for border crossers in the Southwest
  • List common communicable conditions and preventive measures which protect the border crosser and surrounding Southwestern communities


Iatrogenic Consequences of Early MRI
9/19/14 – 10:50am – 11:35am
Glenn Pransky, MD

  • Understand prevalence of early MRI scanning in occupational LBP
  • Describe consequences of inappropriate early MRI scanning – in terms of increased costs, iatrogenic effects, RTW
  • Describe ways to prevent inappropriate early MRI scanning


Occupational Eye Injuries
9/19/14 11:35am – 12:20pm
Kirk Harmon, MD

  • To recognize when to refer to ophthalmology when dealing with eye injuries
  • To provide instruction on how to safely remove a cornmeal foreign body


Mobile Medical Technology
9/19/14 –  12:30pm – 1:10pm
Dean Gean, MD

  • Review new FDA guidelines for Mobile Medical Apps
  • Review some potentially useful apps for physicians and patients
  • Understand some possible liability and HIPAA implications of Mobile Medical devices


Med-Legal Occupational Medicine – Legal Panel
9/19/14 12:30pm – 1:10pm
Lynell Brown; Wayne Peate, MD

  •  To understand how the different stakeholders (OccMed physicians, workers comp insurance carriers) approach an industrial injury and what issues affect the claim.
  • To improve on the communication between the stakeholders in order to more effectively work in team effort.
  • To identify and avoid barriers that inhibit working in a cooperative fashion.


DOT update
9/19/14 – 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Elaine Papp, RN

  • Define the scope, responsibilities and programs of the FMCSA Medical Program
  • Discuss the elements of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
  • List the 4 major exemption programs offered by FMCSA to interstate drivers and discuss the criteria used by FMCSA to determine whether an exemption will be granted


Using Evidence-Based Medicine to Treat Workers
9/19/14 –  2:00pm – 3:15pm
Rupali Das, MD and Kurt Hegmann, MD

  • Learn about the evolution and value of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and its role in appropriately managing patients with work-related illness and injury
  • Understand how EBM guidelines for application in occupational health settings are created by a national professional organization and a state jurisdiction and the different purposes of each
  • Learn how to apply the principles of EBM when making patient management decisions, particularly when an issue may not be specifically addressed in a guideline
  • Gain knowledge of high quality evidence-based medical management guidelines for the following conditions: rotator cuff tendinosis and lateral epidondylitis


Lifestyle Medicine: Tackling the Chronic Disease Epidemic
9/19/14 – 3:45pm – 4:25pm
Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH

  • Define Lifestyle Medicine (LM) and discuss what is driving its’ growth
  • List LM resources and review their use in corporate settings
  • Discuss the unique interaction between lifestyle, chronic disease and Occupational and Environmental Medicine and review opportunities for the future


ACOEM Presidential Address / TBI Guidelines
9/20/14 – 8:05am -8:30am
Kathryn Mueller, MD

  • The attendees will be able to list at least three initiatives undertaken by ACOEM to promote occupational medicine naturally
  • Explain the appropriate prescribing of opioids in the occupational medicine setting
  • Describe the steps necessary to develop evidence based guidelines according to the international standards


Dermatology: An Occupational Focus
9/20/14 – 8:30am – 9:15am
Heather Lampel, MD

  • Review the epidemiology of contact dermatitis in the occupational setting
  • Explore the most common allergens in the workplace
  • Help delineate the difference between allergic and irritant contact dermatitis


Insurance: ACA and ACO – Sharing Pilot Programs
9/20/14 – 9:15am – 10:00am
Fred Fung, MD

  • Identify basic elements of ACO
  • Recognize primary drivers in Pioneer ACO practice
  • Apply lessons learned to anticipate changes


Wellness: RAND Study Best Practices
9/20/14 – 10:30am  – 11:30am
Pamela Hymel, MD

  • Improve knowledge on best practices for employer wellness programs
  • Understand areas of opportunity when implementing employer programs
  • Define ROI from wellness and disease management programs

Soeren Mattke, MD

  • Understand the relative impact of lifestyles and disease management programs under workplace wellness interventions
  • Get realistic assumptions for the impact of lifestyle management interventions on health care cost
  • Understand that employers need to do their part to make workplace wellness a success


Opioids for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain: Science, Policy and Best Practice in a Rapidly Changing Landscape
9/20/14 – 11:30am – 12:15pm
Gary Franklin, MD

  • Understand the best scientific evidence on efficacy, effectiveness, and adverse effects of opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain
  • Understand how more permissive opioid regulations and policies in the 1990s led to changes in opioid dosing, morbidity and mortality
  • Understand how new state and federal policy changes will likely allow more prudent and safer use of opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain


Legislative Round Table Updates
9/20/14 – 12:30pm – 1:15pm


WOEMA Annual Business Meeting, Election & Awards Presentation
9/20/14 – 1:30pm – 2:15pm
Rutherford T. Johnstone Award Lecture /Jean Spencer Felton Award


Physician Metrics: ACA & Whether Data
Analytics/Metrics are helpful. Causation vs. Association – “Scorecard” Debate
9/20/14 – 2:15pm – 3:00pm
David Deitz, MD

  • Provide attendees with an understanding of types of physician metrics applicable to workers compensation and quality occupational medicine care.
  • Discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using performance metrics to drive improvements in occupational care


Environmental Toxicology: Pesticides and Bee Colony Collapse
9/20/14 – 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Lt. Marcus McDonough

  • Identify the pesticide exposure risks associated with applicators and the negative effects on the environment, including non-target arthropods
  • Identify the hazards of bioaccumulation of pesticides to people, other organisms and the environment
  • Identify various causal agents of Colony Collapse Disorder

Paul J. Papanek, Jr, MD, MPH, FACOEM

  • Identify at least three preventive measures required by the EPA Worker Protection Standards, to assure safe handling of pesticides
  • Identify at least two areas where the Worker Protection Standards offer protection that is inferior to that provided by OSHA for comparable workplace exposures.


Workplace Violence and Threat Management
9/20/14 – 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Eugene Rugala, (Retired) FBI Special Agent

  • Define workplace violence and what behaviors are components of this activity
  • Identify warning signs and potential behaviors suggestive of potential for violence
  • Differentiate between assessing a threat and managing a threatening situation


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