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Resident Scholarships to WOHC 2014
WOEMA, Robert J. Pandya, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Resident Scholarship Program Committee Chair

Each year, WOEMA offers scholarships for residents in accredited OEM training programs to attend WOHC. These scholarships provide support to OEM residents to develop leadership and offer networking and mentorship opportunities. WOEMA is pleased to announce this year's 2014 Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) Resident Scholarship recipients:
  • Azadeh Farokhi, MD, MPH, MOH, University of Utah
  • Lynn Flowers, DO, University of California, Irvine
  • Seung P. Lee, MD, MOH, University of Utah
  • Yi (Krystal) Lin, MD, MSPH, University of California, San Francisco
  • Sanjiwani Meharda, MD, MBA, University of California, Irvine
  • Gillian Nelson, MD, University of California, Irvine
  • Rajan Puri, MD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Kenji Saito, MD, JD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Joshua Silva, MD, MOH, University of Utah
WOEMA would also like to thank the following residency program directors for supporting their residents:
  • Dean Baker, MD, MPH, University of California, Irvine
  • Paul Blanc, MD, MSPH, University of California, San Francisco
  • Judith G. McKenzie, MD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Eric Wood, MD, MPH, University of Utah
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Have you registered yet? Less than one month until WOHC 2014!

September 17 - 20

Set sail towards OEM success at WOHC 2014
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
— William Arthur Ward

We find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented time of change and innovation. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has led to sweeping changes in the business of medicine, a dazzling array of innovative technologies, pharmaceuticals, and data analytics allow us to practice more effectively, and an ever-evolving body of scientific research leads us towards more efficient evidence-based practice. The WOHC 2014 planning committee has worked tirelessly to assemble a staff of visionary speaking faculty that will keep you on the cutting edge of Occupational and Environmental Medicine with valuable insights that will enable our community to adjust its sails with the changing times.

We’re thrilled to announce the introduction of an innovative new hands-on educational offering called the “Interactive Clinical Refresher”, which has been constructed with the front-line occupational medicine provider in mind. This is a two-day forum preceding the main/plenary conference, and will be divided into four half day sessions: “Power Ortho – Walk the WOHC” (Foot, Ankle, and Gait), “Procedures” (Wound Closure and Slit Lamp), “Occ Med Screening Tools” (Spirometry, EKG, Audiogram, Vision/Titmus), and “Opioids – When ‘Just Say No’ Is Not Enough: Health-Focused Discussions with Patients Seeking Opioids”. We feel these post-graduate sessions will serve as a tremendous complement to the core curriculum that has been assembled this year.

Additional highlights from the conference include worksite tours of Solar Turbines Incorporated, and the Naval Air Station North Island (Aircraft Maintenance Facility); our signature social event with dinner and dancing at the famous beachfront Hotel del Coronado, and a world-class faculty of speakers that will inspire and educate us on Occupational Medicine issues.

Please join us for what is sure to be an informative, fun, and rejuvenating experience in sunny San Diego!


WOHC 2014 Conference Chair

Chief Physician, Southern California Region
The Boeing Company

Ellyn G. McIntosh, MD, MPH, FACOEM
WOEMA President

Site Occ Health Manager

ExxonMobil Corporation
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WOEMA Webinar

To air: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 12:00pm PST

Occupational Neurology: Fitness for Duty in Safety Sensitive Workers

Jonathan Rutchik, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Occupational Medicine practitioners are often faced with challenging decisions when a patient with nonindustrial neurological conditions requests a return to work. Many of these are commercial drivers, police officers, fire fighters, hazardous waste workers, or aviation pilots where there is a potential safety risk to self or others. In fact the newest FMCSA, NFPA and FAA regulations require clearance from a “neurologist who understands the functions and demands of commercial driving.” In this presentation, Dr. Jonathan Rutchik, an ACOEM fellow, Associate Professor in Occupational Medicine at UCSF and physician board certified in both Neurology and Occupational Medicine will discuss neurological conditions such as head trauma, stroke and seizure, multiple sclerosis, tremor and medication use in patients with safety sensitive positions. The participant will become familiar with the algorithms necessary when evaluating these patients and when a neurologist consultation is necessary.

Click here to register online or visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.

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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean

3D4 Medical does it again with Essential Anatomy 4

In an unusually garrulous moment, Calvin Coolidge noted “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence”; this clearly applies to 3D4 Medical. To prior positive reviews (Shoulder Pro III and Rehab Lower Extremity), their new app, “Essential Anatomy 4”, is now added. In my experience, patient involvement and compliance with treatment is improved when they see the anatomy related to their injuries. This App allows this with intuitive display, rotation, enlargement, removal and identification of anatomic structures with astounding graphics. Side by side relationships can be clearly displayed by easy removal of obstructing structures. Multiple systems (muscle, neurvous, digestive, urogenital, connective tissue, respiratory) can be added or subtracted in whole or in part over a complete skeleton.
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WOEMA Job Bank Helps Connect OEM Job Seekers with
Employers & Recruiters


Did you know WOEMA’s Job Bank was specifically designed to help connect WOEMA members with new employment opportunities?

Job Seekers can post resumes online, and access new and fresh jobs available to OEM professionals seeking employment. The Personal Job Alert allows individuals to match customized search criteria.

Employers & Recruiters can reach the most qualified candidates with online job postings, and can easily manage online recruiting efforts. Then scan resumes and select the ones of particular interest to individual search criteria.

Click here to email for more information

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Opioid Abuse Crackdown Puts Heroin Back in Style
American Medical News
In recent years, federal and state officials have taken steps to prevent misuse of prescription opioids, including shuttering pill mills and launching prescription drug monitoring programs.

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States Rebel Against Powerful New Painkiller
The Associated Press via ABC News
State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

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California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms
Insurance Journal
A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented.

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Compliance Needs Drive Employer Interest in Integration of Benefits Programs
Business Insurance
To ensure compliance with federal and state laws and company policies, employers of all sizes are becoming more interested in integrating their leave, disability and workers compensation programs.
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New Tool Could Drastically Reduce the Number of Potential Future Hip Fractures
Medical Xpress
A new tool is being developed by experts in Manchester, which automatically searches medical images for early signs of osteoporosis in the spine by identifying fractures there and could help reduce the number of future potentially fatal hip fractures.
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Spinal Manipulation Sessions Help Lessen Lower Back Pain
Several sessions of spinal manipulation from a chiropractor may lessen lower back pain more effectively than minor massage, but not significantly so, according to a study.
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Pain Treatments Less Effective for Those With Irritable Bowel
Medical Xpress
University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that the immune system is defective in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a major reason why sufferers have ongoing issues with pain.
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