Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association
Leading Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Welcome to the WOEMA WINDOW, our e-newsletter sent to members by email on a monthly basis. The newsletter links to this page. Below are the items that appeared in the April 2017 issue.


WOEMA Welcomes its 2017 New Members

The WOEMA Membership Committee, chaired by Dr. Amanpreet Dhillon, welcomes the following new 2017 WOEMA members into our family:

•Hashem MA Al Ismail, MD     •Sara Jimenez
•Abdulrahman Al Naeem, MBBS     •Maya Katz
•Waleed Alomari, MBBS     •Jeffrey Kirkpatrick, MD, MBA
•Ammar Alrudayan, MD     •Kathy Kladar, FNP-BC
•Malak Adnan Alsadah, MD     •Eleanor Loomis, MD, MPH
•Ali Ahmed Alshomrani, MBBS     •Amarjit Mangat, MD, MBBS
•Elie Aoun, MD     •Sarah Mansell, MD
•Sarabjeet Arneja, MD     •Erin McLaughlin, MD
•Khalid Badr, MBBS     •James McNicholas, DO
•Joy Bhat, MD     •Daniel Mollicone, PhD
•Joanne Campbell, PA-C     •My Nguyen
•Greyson Canterbury     •Teodoro Nissen, MD
•Craig Castillo, MD     •Lynette Parker, MSN, COHN-S, RN
•Enrique Cazares     •Jacob Perry
•Haley Chapman     •Linda Stover, FNP-BC, ACLS
•Mary Daggett, PA-C     •Bindu Sundar, DO, AAPMR
•Holly Demetrescu, PA-C     •Tyler Sura, MD
•Guillermo Duran, Jr     •Jonathon Swan, BS
•Kasey Fitzsimmons     •Robert Tucker Thole, MD
•Donald Green, MD     •Marlon Tingzon, DO, BS
•Vincent Gumbs, MD     •Thuong Vo, MD
•Jiwan Gupta, MD     •Steven Watts, MD
•Sabrina Hamilton, FNP-C, RN     •Gloria Ye
•Bradley Hughes, MD


WOEMA is a collegial group that brings together the diversity of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) clinicians and allied professionals from our five component states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Utah. We’re confident that our new members will have a professionally enriching experience. WOEMA membership provides incredible opportunities to network with colleagues who have expertise in the whole breadth and width of OEM. Members will also enjoy a variety of resources: educational activities, such as: free online CME webinars, discounted registrations at conferences like AOHC (American Occupational Health Conference, Denver 2017) and WOHC (Western Occupational Health Conference, September 2017 in Maui, Hawaii), and OEM resources. WOEMA leadership also encourages and mentors its members to become more involved in WOEMA, the ACOEM Board, and other related activities that are of interest to you. Again, we welcome you to our professional family and look forward to meeting each of you as you become engaged in WOEMA activities.


ACTION ALERT: NIOSH Funding in Jeopardy

The Administration has proposed a $100 million reduction in the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) budget for the remainder of the fiscal year. The proposal eliminates funding for both the NIOSH Education and Research Centers and new research grants.

NIOSH is the primary source of funding for occupational medicine residency programs. This proposal puts these programs and their current young physician residents in jeopardy.

NIOSH is also the primary federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illness and injury. Eliminating new research grants limits the ability of the agency to carry out its mission and puts the nation’s workers at risk. NIOSH’s research and evidence-based guidance on occupational health and safety benefits employers, workers, their families, and surrounding communities.

Congress needs to hear from you about why it should continue to fund their critical programs. Don’t delay, contact your members of Congress now!



New & Interactive Tool for Help with Poisonings

Submitted by T. Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP, WOEMA Member

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is pleased to be launching a new online tool – Poisonhelp.org – to the public.

As you are likely aware, poisoning is the leading cause of injury or death in the U.S. More people die of poisoning every year than gun or even car-related injuries, and many more are seriously injured. These alarming trends are due in large part to the increasing prevalence of opioid and other prescription analgesic use, coupled with emerging pediatric poisoning hazards, such as: marijuana edibles, liquid nicotine, and single-use laundry detergent packets increasingly found in homes nationwide.

More than ever, Americans need immediate access to a credible source of poisoning information and treatment advice. You are among the first to be made aware that there is now more than one way to access “poison control” – by calling the national Poison Help hotline at: 1 (800) 222-1222 or by using Poisonhelp.org. This new (and free) interactive, mobile device-optimized, online poison information tool was created and vetted by the very toxicology experts who oversee the nation’s poison control centers.

Based in large part on the concerns about the inconsistent accuracy of poison-related information available on the web, the AAPCC Board initiated the development of Poisonhelp.org, wherein users are prompted to answer a few simple questions about human exposure to approximately 325,000 available unique products and substances. The site uses AAPCC-approved algorithms to quickly return a recommendation for the user based on his or her input. Input fields include: substance, route of exposure, and some basic information about the exposed person. For any complex or potentially dangerous exposure, the user is prompted to call Poison Help at 1 (800) 222-1222, and the number that is provided in all search results as a resource for more information. For smartphone users, the Poison Help number can be dialed by touching the number on the screen.

In short, Poisonhelp.org is a novel extension of the life-saving public extension that has been offered by poison control centers for decades via telephone. Poisonhelp.org is the only AAPCC-sanctioned and endorsed online poisoning triage tool.


FREE CME: WOEMA Webinar Series
Thursday, April 27 • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

The California Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule: The New Guidelines and Formulary

Presented by Raymond Meister, MD

Doctors in California’s workers’ compensation system are required to provide evidence–based medical treatment.  The Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) provides this evidence-based framework for the evaluation and treatment of injured workers. It includes a set of guidelines covering which treatments are effective for most work–related injuries and illnesses as well as a method for providing care outside of the MTUS treatment guidelines.  Additionally, this presentation will cover the MTUS Formulary that was recently submitted for public comment.  Use of the MTUS is not only required by law, but will facilitate the approval of your treatment plans and improve outcomes of your patients.

Learning Objectives – After attending this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Define what the MTUS is and why it is critically important to the care of your patients
  • Identify the guidelines in the MTUS and use recommendations found in the MTUS guidelines for your patients’ treatment
  • Explain how to apply the MTUS Medical Evidence Search Sequence when considering recommendations found outside of the MTUS
  • Identify highlights of the proposed MTUS Formulary

Dr. Raymond Meister has served as Executive Medical Director for the Department of Worker Compensation (DWC) since June, 2016 and has been Associate Medical Director since 2014. Prior to joining the DWC, Dr. Meister served as Public Health Medical Officer at the California Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Branch, from 2000 to 2014.

Dr. Meister is boarded in Occupational Medicine having done his residency at the University of California, San Francisco.  He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He has been a faculty member at UCSF since 1998 and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor.



Download the 2017 WOHC Brochure, Register for the CST Tour, Scholarships for Residents Now Available

Register for WOHC Today!

See what WOHC 2017 has in store for you this year. Browse the course titles and descriptions for the plenary and post-graduate sessions. Plus, take a look at all of the networking and special events we have planned at this year’s conference.



Hawaii CST Worksite Tour on Oahu

There is still time to register! Offered exclusively for WOEMA / ACOEM members, Get an inside view into the operations of a responding civil unit!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (HI) on the Island of Oahu

The Hawaii National Guard Civil Support Team (CST) supports civil authorities at domestic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and/or Explosive (CBRNE) incident sites.

Learn About: Biological, Radiological, and Chemical Detection • Personal Protection • Unified Command Suite (UCS) • Analytical Lab System (ALS) • Hazard Prediction Assessment

This tour is offered FREE OF CHARGE to WOEMA / ACOEM members who are also attending WOHC on Maui, September 13-17, 2017.

Space is limited. Tour is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those planning to attend should book flights to arrive on Oahu on Tuesday, September 12 to be ready for the tour at 8:00 am the next day.  Tour will end at 1:00 pm, so book your flight to Maui not leaving Oahu any earlier than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 13. 
Reserve your own hotel accommodations near the CST worksite tour.

Attention Residents – Scholarships to WOHC 2017 Now Available

Scholarships to attend the Western Occupational Health Conference are available. WOEMA is inviting resident physicians to apply and also to present posters on occupational and environmental medicine research or projects that have been conducted, at the conference. A review panel will award a first prize ($250) and a second prize ($150) to the top posters. The deadline to submit scholarship application is June 30th! 


Rooms are filling up fast! Make sure you book your accommodations at the host hotel – the Wailea Marriott – before they are sold out! Call the Wailea directly at: 1-808-879-1922 and mention that you are with WOEMA to receive the discounted rate starting at $269/night+tax and resort fee.



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