Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association
Leading Occupational & Environmental Medicine

WOHC 2014 Post-Graduate Sessions and Worksite Tours

Wednesday, September 17

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Opioid Workshop – When “Just Say No” Is Not Enough: Health-Focused Discussions with Patients Seeking Opioids (PG-1)
Paul Farnan, MD
Lee Glass, MD, JD
Patients seeking opioid medications when such medications are not in their best medical interest present unique challenges to those providing their medical care. The challenges include identifying the patients for whom such drugs are truly not in their best medical interests, and, through communication, making an effective use of the encounter. This course will combine didactic and participatory teaching methods, including role-playing, to develop the skills health care providers need in their encounters with patients seeking opioids, and those for whom prescribers might be considering opioids. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have improved their ability to more effectively communicate with patients under challenging circumstances.
*This session has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email woema@woema.org.

8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Solar Turbines Facility Tour (WST-1)
Solar Turbines’ products play an important role in the development of oil, natural gas and power generation projects around the world. This tour will begin with a group briefing from the Solar Turbines’ safety team, then break into small groups to tour the facility, meet management and workers, and examine best practices in American design and manufacturing. The group will meet with Solar’s medical and nursing teams to discuss unique programs they have created globally.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Occ Med Screening Tools: Bread & Butter — Spirometry, Audio, EKG and Vision/Titmus (PG-2) 
LCDR Rodel H. Divina, OD, FAAO
Philip Harber, MD, MPH, FCCP, FACOEM
Paula Johnston, MA, Au.D, CCC-A

Ellyn McIntosh, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Lt. Sheree’ Scott, RN, MSN, ACNS, CMSRN
The Screening Tools session will provide a practical refresher and update in the use and interpretation of audiometry, spirometry, vision and resting EKG screening tests. The pearls offered by experts within small group activity stations will enhance the hands-on practice opportunities. This session will be limited to 30 people so sign up early.
*This session has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email woema@woema.org

Thursday, September 18

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Power Ortho: Walk the WOHC — Foot, Ankle & Gait (PG-3)
Marc Chodos, MD, Course Coordinator
Lucille B. Andersen, MD
Kahl Goldfarb, PT, DPT, OCS, OMT, CSCS
Franz Kopp, MD
Our ever-popular post-graduate session begins with a comprehensive review of the functional and radiologic anatomy of the foot and ankle. We’ll observe and perform physical exams of the foot, discuss common occupational foot, ankle and gait conditions and treatment options. This session will be led by course coordinator Dr. Marc Chodos, Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedics, UCSD, and other foot and ankle specialists including a physical therapist. We will examine workplace foot and ankle safety, injury prevention and present a special module on women’s foot conditions. There will be two “break-out” sessions: one for physical exam and one for taping and bracing practice.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aircraft Maintenance Facility Tour (WST-2)

WOEMA offers a tour of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), one of the oldest continuously running maintenance, repair and overhaul depots. Located on Coronado, the FRCSW repairs and Navy fighter, bombers, and helicopters. Maintenance techniques originated here have become the industry standard. Occupational medicine physicians work in conjunction with their colleagues in Safety and Industrial Hygiene to maintain a safe working environment.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Occupational Medicine Procedures—
Wound Closure & Slit Lamp (PG-4) 

Kirk T. Harmon, MD, FACOEM
Martin Jay Porcelli, DO, MHPE, PhD (C), FAOASM
PROCEDURES — Wound Closure & Slit Lamp: WHAT to do, HOW to do it, and what NOT to do. Competency in the optimal treatment of minor injuries, and the knowledge of when to refer to protect life, limb and vision, is a critical skill for the occupational health provider. The wound closure session will include handson instruction of various suturing techniques (simple suture, mattress suture, z-plasty, etc.) with materials provided on-site for live practice. Slit lamp instruction will also occur with hands-on instruction and a real-time slit lamp video monitor to maximize the learning experience of attendees. Whether you are new to practice, or in need of a refresher, please join us for this focused, hands on, small group session on wound closure and use of the slit lamp. Special note: Dr. Porcelli is a certified instructor for teaching of z-plasty, a versatile plastic surgery technique used to improve the functional and cosmetic results on complex lacerations.
*This session has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email woema@woema.org.


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