All sessions will be pre-recorded and available prior to the live virtual conference dates of September 23 - 26, 2020.



Post Graduate Session Registration Fees PG Session (each)
Active Member $80
Non-Member $80
Associate $75
Retired $75
Residents / Students comped


PG-2: Internal Medicine Updates - Updates in Internal Medicine: We've got you Covered - DETAILS TBD

PG-3: The Future of Spirometry and Occupational Pulmonary Testing - Where do we go from here? - TIME & DATE TBD

Description: Lung function testing is central to occupational health surveillance and clinical practice. Spirometry has been the most widely used test in the occupational setting for the past 40 years since reduced spirometry results are indicative of pulmonary problems. But to have such a high predictive value of a positive test, spirometry must be performed and interpreted accurately. Spirometry is central to meeting OSHA mandates, impairment evaluation, clinical diagnosis, and public health surveillance. Covid-19 has modified how and when spirometry should be done. Other measures of lung function are increasingly relevant as well. As well as noting the aspects of spirometry testing that have remained constant over time, Dr Townsend will discuss recommended changes in testing based on both the 2019 ATS/ERS Spirometry Statement and the 2020 ACOEM Occupational Spirometry Statement. In addition, considerations and concerns about performing testing in the time of COVID-19 will be presented. Dr Harber will provide an update on interpreting PFT's over time and use of evolving additional test modalities. The latter include extended traditional tests (eg, lung volumes and diffusing capacity), impulse oscillometry/IOS, and imaging techniques.

Session Format

This activity is pre-recorded to allow you access to the content on your own time, followed by a live one-hour Q&A session. Dates to be announced.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Recommended testing procedures based on 2019 ATS/ERS and 2020 ACOEM Official Statements.
  • Considerations when performing spirometry testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Approaches for evaluating lung function results over time in workers.
  • Be familiar with lung function trajectories as a guide to evaluating spirometry in workers. 


Mary Townsend
As principal of M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC, Mary Townsend is an Independent Spirometry Consultant and Adjunct Faculty in Environmental and Occupational Health at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. She consults for OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance as well as numerous industrial and health care clients and other government agencies. She is author of ACOEM's recent Position Statement on Spirometry in the Occupational Health Setting - 2020 and has been a member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) for over 40 years. In addition to presenting annual courses on Spirometry in the Occupational Setting at AOHC conferences, she is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher of NIOSH-Approved Spirometry courses. She is course director for M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC and for the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health.

Philip Harber
Philip Harber is Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona and principal of Dr Philip Harber PLLC (consulting). He is the former chief of Occupational-Environmental Medicine division and residency director at UCLA. He is also former president of WOEMA and Board member of ACOEM. He has served as chair of the NIOSH Study Section and vice chair of the ACGME Preventive Medicine review comm. He does clinical and comnsulting work in occupational lung disease, occupational toxicology, and occupational health data sciences, Dr Harber has most recently become interested in occupational hazards in the large research and educational institution (REI) industry.


PG-1: Power Ortho: Lower Extremity - A Foot Above the Rest

Q&A - July 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

This activity presents foot pathology from three different perspectives, that of a podiatrist, physical therapist, and academic biomechanist.

One of the segments explores the foot's vital role in how humans move, as the main point of contact with the ground. Clinical and research data support the hypothesis that injury may result from foot muscle weakness and/or a lack of control of the foot core just as lumbopelvic core instability is a risk factor for lower extremity injury During this session, we will discuss the role of intrinsic foot muscles in foot mechanics, the importance of the midfoot during loading activities, methods of strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles, and potential benefits of minimalist footwear for relief from various lower extremity pathologies. We will also discuss challenges associated with the assessment of foot function.

Additionally, joint mobility, particularly in the foot and ankle, is necessary for proper loading and unloading of impact forces during ambulation. Any restriction in joint mobility can lead to compensation patterns, transfer stress, and increased risk of injury. Explore some of the most common, but not so obvious, reasons for limited ankle dorsiflexion. Learn how to differentiate between soft tissue and osseous restrictions, as well as how to address the various restrictions in an in-office setting.

The final segment covers new concepts in fascia as a chain linking foot to the core, as well as fascia tensegrity, plasticity strain, and adaptation to function.


Emily Splichal, DPM
Dr. Splichal, a Functional Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of EBFA Global, Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist® Certification, Author of Barefoot Strong and Inventor of Naboso Barefoot Technology. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, foot to core integration and sensory integration. Dr. Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of neuromuscular control, biopsychosocial influences, corrective exercise and stem cell therapy.

Sabrina Summers, PT DPT IMTC
Dr. Summers is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a certified integrative manual therapist who has been in practice for 39 years and an occupational medicine specialist for 23 years. She uses a combination of osteopathy based manual medicine, dry needling and functional exercise prescription to get results. 

 Sarah Ridge, Ph.D., MS, BS

Sarah Ridge is an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She received her Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science at the University of Delaware prior to moving west in 2010. She has published papers focusing on a variety of topics related to lower extremity biomechanics, including foot structure and function, minimalist footwear, and measurement of figure skating jump landing forces. She has presented research about the effects of minimalist footwear in symposia at the annual meetings of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Society of Biomechanics.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Understand the biomechanics of the foot in relation to hip/knee/ankle (and low back) function.
  • Diagnose common presenting complaints of the hip/knee/ankle/foot (and low back) in occupational settings.
  • Demonstrate competence in evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle specific findings, including examination findings, treatment modalities, and prevention strategies.
  • Apply knowledge about work conditions, safety policies, health comorbidities that can negatively impact optimal function of the lower extremity chain to treatment, including mitigation strategies.