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President's Message
Leslie Israel DO, MPH, FACOEM
As the 2013 WOEMA President, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Committee members, Executive Director and staff. You all are the reason that WOEMA is a leader in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the Western Region (Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah). Your kindness, respect for others, support and phenomenal sense of humor allowed us all to "play in the same sandbox" (i.e., reach consensus, complete projects and engage in strategic planning), despite occasional differences in perspectives.

I’d like to share special highlights of the year with our members:
  • Kudos to our Education Committee chaired by Dr. Erik Won and the WOHC 2013 Planning Committee chaired by Dr. Bernyce Peplowski for the outstanding CME activities that were offered this year. One may access these activities on the WOEMA website.
  • Cheers to our Legislative Co-Chairs Drs. Anne Searcy and Robert Blink for leading weekly Friday morning calls along with our legislative expert, Don Schinske. This committee is extremely active maintaining WOEMA’s voice in the legislative arena.
  • Bravo to our Website Chair, Dr. Sachin Kapoor, and his committee for the many hours of work in transforming our website into a soon to be “favorite” or "bookmark" in everyone’s browser. It will be unveiled in January 2014.
  • Hurrah to our Executive Director, Ms. Shannon Jamieson, and WOEMA staff, Maggie Owyang, who keep us on task, support our business and development needs while making it all enjoyable.
Finally special thanks to those who have completed their terms of office: Mahalo nui loa to Dr. Paula Lenny for her role in WOEMA leadership as the 2011 WOHC Chair, a member of the Board of Directors, and an active contributing member of the Legislative Committee (representing Hawaii). We look forward to her continued involvement in education and legislative issues.

A heartfelt note of appreciation to Dr. Walt Newman for his years of service in WOEMA leadership, he is near and dear to all of us. His creativity and appreciation for words is ever present. He won’t be far from the WOEMA action. On behalf of the WOEMA leadership and our 2014 WOEMA President, Dr. Ellyn McIntosh, I extend best wishes to all of our members and their families for a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
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Spotlight: Education Committee
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The WOEMA Education Committee serves its members by providing high quality, clinically relevant, Continuing Medical Education (CME). WOEMA maintains full accreditation by the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) and is constantly striving to improve and expand its program offerings. Our flagship CME event is the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC). WOHC 2013 “The Spirit of Aloha” was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a smashing success thanks to the tireless efforts of the Conference Chair, Dr. Bernyce Peplowski! Hoping to build on this success, WOHC 2014 will be held at the Coronado Island Marriott, San Diego, CA from September 18-20, 2014. We also provide six one-hour webinar CME sessions annually, which are available free as a benefit of your WOEMA membership. You can view past webinars as part of our enduring CME offerings here: WOEMA CME Webinar Library.

We would also like to take a moment to introduce our new Education Committee Chair, Dr. Francis Hall.

Dr. Hall is Occupational Medicine Director for the Navy Region Southwest. He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and completed his residency and MPH at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Occupational in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Hall attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and graduated in 1999.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations for the WOEMA Education Committee, please don't hesitate to contact WOEMA. We would also like to extend an open invitation to any WOEMA members who are interested in becoming involved with the Education Committee to join our team.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
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Easy creation of rehab routines to educate patients

"Rehab for Lower Limbs" is an intuitive free App for the iPad allowing easy creation of exercise "routines" to rehabilitate lower extremity (LE) musculoskeletal injuries. Routines can be edited and e-mailed to patients. To create an exercise routine you select an injury (by touching an anatomic drawing or typing in a diagnosis), and the injured part is illustrated and a brief text explanation appears. A "Choose Exercises" button takes you to an illustrated pick list of exercise videos (each 20 to 40 seconds) related to the injury — you touch the "+" button to add the exercise to the "routine."
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Save The Date For WOHC 2014!
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Sponsored by the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, the Western Occupational Health Conference is our signature annual meeting and appreciated as an exceptional educational event by attendees from across the country.

WOHC 2014, the 58th Annual Conference of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, will be held in San Diego, CA, September 18-20, 2014 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa.
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