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WOEMA Board of Directors and Officers 2014
WOEMA is pleased to announce the WOEMA Board of Directors and Officers for 2014:
Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM — Chairwoman of the Board
Ellyn G. McIntosh, MD, MPH, FACOEM — President
Peter J. Vasquez, MD — President-Elect
Scott C. Levy, MD, MPH, FACOEM — First Vice President
Robert C. Blink, MD, MPH — Second Vice President
Sachin Kapoor DO, MBA, MPH, FACOEM — Secretary
Ramon J. Terrazas MD, MPH, FACOEM — Treasurer

Shannon Jamieson — Executive Director

Bryce D. Breitenstein Jr., MD, MPH, FACOEM — Director
William R. Lewis, MD — Director
Bernyce M. Peplowski, DO, MS — Director
Troy Ross, MD, MPH — Director
Anne Searcy, MD — Director
Erik J. Won, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM — Director

To view the current list of WOEMA Board members and Committee chairs, visit the WOEMA website.
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Website Committee Spotlight
Sachin Kapoor DO, MBA, MPH, FACOEM (Chair, Website Committee)
The Website Committee’s main priority is to ensure that WOEMA’s website continues to provide a professional presentation of the work that goes on behind the scenes at WOEMA by its leadership and committees, and to share emerging information relevant to the field of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The website provides WOEMA with a stable footprint in the digital marketplace, and we regularly monitor activity on the site. Here are some thought-provoking facts regarding our website:
  • We had approximately 12,000 hits to our website in 2013, and over 30,000 page views
  • Our visitors are from all over the world with Canada, India, South Africa, and the U.K. leading the international market
  • The majority of our visitors are using desktop computers, but the greatest growth is in the mobile market, with iDevices leading the charge
  • The most frequently visited pages are education and leadership related
Over the past year, our committee has been hard at work with an exciting project to bring a new and modernized look with added functionality to our website. The priorities for this upgrade are to ease navigation, streamline the processing of our online educational offerings, revitalize our look, and yes, add a mobile site which will make navigating our website on your mobile device exciting and fun! We anticipate the release of our new website in April 2014.

Our committee is passionate about WOEMA’s mission and our critical role of being at the interface between WOEMA and the digital world of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. I want to personally invite you to join our committee and help guide WOEMA’s online presence as we embark on yet another exciting year! Email us, or send us a Tweet, (@WesternOEMA) we want you to be involved!
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WOEMA Webinar — 02/26/14 — Opioid Prescribing: New FDA Labeling and Guidelines
On February 26, 2014, Dr. Fishman will be speaking on Opioid Prescribing: New FDA Labeling and New Guidelines. Click here to register.

Description: This webinar will review current data and recommendations/guidelines from regulators and professional societies on the use of opioids and chronic pain. The risk vs. benefit analysis will be framed as an essential element of treatment decisions and thus emphasis will be placed on current data of risks compared with the benefits associated with chronic opioid prescribing. Recommendations from regulatory organizations including the recent labelling of chronic opioids by the FDA as well as recently revised model policy on opioid prescribing by the Federation of State Medical Boards will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives — Participants will be able to:
  • Understand the legal issue that relate to pain.
  • Understand emerging legislation related to pain.
  • Understand areas where law and practice may conflict.
Click here to visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
MedSnap ID — Identifies Unknown Pills by Snapping an iPhone picture

In residency I heard of a late night ER patient who had a screw top jar holding all the pills from his 12 different prescriptions. Four times a day he’d shake out a few and take them (despite advice not to do this). For patients who put multiple pill types in a single bottle, MedSnap Identify (ID) can help. This iPhone App takes a snapshot (“Snap”) of unknown pills (it can ID several at once) using a standardized small plastic tray and performs visual pill recognition. It can also screen for drug-drug, or drug-disease, interactions using the info from a Snap.
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Save the date for WOHC 2014!
On behalf of the WOHC planning committee and WOEMA Board of Directors, we are excited to invite you to the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) September 17-20, 2014 at the beautiful Coronado Island Marriott in San Diego, California! Our WOHC 2014 planning committee has worked hard to put together a schedule of educational, networking, and social activities designed to keep you on the cutting edge of Occupational Medicine in a relaxed environment among friends and colleagues.

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 two-day forum, preceding the main/plenary conference, will feature four half day sessions: “Power Ortho – "Walk the WOHC” (Foot, Ankle, and Gait), “Occ Med Screening Tools” (Spirometry, EKG, Audiogram, Vision Screening), “Procedures” (Wound Repair, Injections, Splinting, Slit Lamp), and “Opioids – Charm School”. We feel these post-graduate sessions (Wednesday & Thursday) will serve as a tremendous complement to the core curriculum (Friday & Saturday) that has been assembled this year.  

Additional highlights from the conference includes a signature social event at the famous beachfront Hotel Del Coronado, and a world-class faculty of speakers that will inspire and educate us about contemporary Occupational Medicine issues.  

Please join us for what is sure to be an informative, fun, and rejuvenating experience in sunny San Diego!
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The Dueling Obligations of Opioid Stewardship
Annals of Internal Medicine
A position paper from the American College of Physicians in this issue discusses the public health problem created by prescription drug abuse.

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Employee Prescription Drug Use Booms, Marijuana and Cocaine Results Down
International Business Times
U.S. workers abusing prescription drugs is a growing concern for companies despite the fall in testing positive for illegal drugs.

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Which Healthcare Jobs Have the Best Outlooks?
Becker's Hospital Review
Many healthcare occupations are projected to grow in employment faster than the average job growth rate, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Model Can Predict Spine Surgery Complications
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
A new model can predict the risk of medical complications, including major complications, after spine surgery, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The Spine Journal.
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Sodium Key to Opioid Brain Signaling
Laboratory News
A high-resolution 3-D view of an opioid receptor’s atomic structure has resolved the 40-year mystery of how sodium controls opioid brain signalling. The structure was obtained by scientists at the Scripps Research Institute and University of North Carolina and could open up avenues for therapeutic treatments for a range of brain-related medical conditions.
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NIOSH — Basics of Comp Explained for Safety and Health Experts
Risk & Insurance
Occupational safety and health professionals have a new tool to help identify and reduce workplace injury and illness risks. A primer on the workers’ comp system is the latest resource to help target preventive measures. "Workers’ Compensation Insurance: A Primer for Public Health" was developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
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Occupational Heat Exposure Examined
Risk & Insurance
The cleanup of the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill is cited as a reason for the government to consider updating its standard on occupational heat exposure. Two government agencies are seeking input as they determine whether and how to revise the original document.
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