ACOEM Established in 1916, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is the pre-eminent organization of occupational health professionals who champion the health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. Its mission is to provide leadership by educating health professionals and the public; stimulating research; enhancing the quality of practice; guiding public policy; and advancing the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). In its leadership role, ACOEM sponsors educational activities for physicians and other health professionals, including courses and the annual spring AOHC.
AOHC 2019 The 2019 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) is ACOEM’s 104th Annual Meeting. AOHC serves two fundamental purposes: it is the premier professional meeting for physicians and other health professionals who have an interest in the fields of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM); and it is the annual membership meeting for ACOEM’s members.
Educational Needs and Learning Objectives OEM is the medical specialty devoted to the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability, and the promotion of health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities.
ACOEM has identified core competencies in areas where the OEM-trained physician should strive to remain current and serve as a knowledgeable representative of the specialty. The ten core competencies are available at www.acoem.org
The ACOEM CME mission is to provide educational activities that enhance the professional capabilities related directly to the professional work of physicians practicing occupational and environmental medicine and (1) to promote physician lifelong and self-directed learning, (2) to improve worker/patient clinical outcomes, (3) to facilitate physician effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out professional responsibilities, and (4) communicate the value of occupational and environmental medicine.
To address the educational needs of OEM physicians, AOHC is planned within the context of desirable physician attributes and aligned with the OEM core competencies.
AOHC content is designed to enhance physician competence and performance and to improve patient outcomes by providing learner-centered education in the most current issues relevant to the practice of OEM.
Upon completion of AOHC 2019, the learner should be able to:
Evaluate current research;
Analyze emerging issues in OEM; and
Exemplify effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out professional responsibilities.
Target Audience AOHC is designed for physicians who specialize in or have an interest in OEM as well as for non-physicians, such as industrial hygienists, nurses, safety professionals, and environmental health specialists who are involved in the field. AOHC offers a variety of educational activities for participants new to OEM as well as for the experienced professional.
Disclosure Policy As a provider accredited by the ACCME, ACOEM must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationshipsof the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. In the case of an individual for whom a conflict cannot be resolved, that individual shall not participate in the development or presentation of the CME activity.
Content AOHC sessions offer focused presentations that cover critically chosen, cutting-edge subjects related to OEM competencies. Sessions are designed for OEM physicians and related professionals who practice in a variety of work settings and are identified by the following tracks:
OEM Clinical Practice
Management and Administration in OEM
OEM Education and Scientific Research
Environmental Health and Risk Management
Regulatory, Legal, Military, and Governmental OEM Practice
Innovation and Forward-Thinking
The C. O. Sappington Memorial Lecture serves as a forum from which to address major issues in the field of OEM and will take place during the opening session. Highlights will also include the ACOEM Fellow elevation ceremony.
Worksite visits are open to registered attendees only and are considered to be educational activities and not social events or tours. An additional non-refundable fee and advance registration is required. Please note that worksite visits are non-refundable, non-transferable activities.
Pre- and post-conference courses are designed to enrich participants’ understanding of concepts and issues related to OEM, giving physicians the knowledge necessary to sustain a competitive edge. Content is driven by research, the latest in regulatory issues, and the expertise of the faculty. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; a separate registration fee is required.