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WOEMA Webinar: Latent TB Diagnosis with the Quantiferon Assay — April 23, 2014
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On April 23, 2014, Dr. Slater will be speaking on Latent TB Diagnosis with the Quantiferon assay- providing answers and raising questions.

Dr. Madeline L. Slater is a Postdoctoral Medical Fellow specializing in Infectious Diseases at Stanford University. Dr. Slater received her medical degree and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.

CME webinars take place every other month: 12-1 p.m. Pacific Time
Upcoming Webinars for 2014:
June 25, 2014
August 27, 2014
October 29, 2014
December 17, 2014

Click here to visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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WOEMA Leadership Spotlight: Erik Won, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
WOEMA Director, 2013 - 2016
One of the most common questions I get asked is “why should I volunteer my free time to WOEMA?”. This is a fair question given the extraordinary demands that our professional and personal lives place on our daily schedules…job, marriage, children, family, exercise, etc. all pull us in different directions. The most direct answer I can give is that my service with WOEMA has only helped to enrich those life experiences ... I don’t believe it detracts. My interaction with WOEMA leadership has inspired me in numerous ways — there are abundant examples of exceptional professionals who are able to achieve a healthy work-life balance, researchers who are advancing the science of medicine, clinicians who are making a difference in their communities every day; and with this collaborative team effort comes a network of truly outstanding individuals, many whom have grown into very close friends. At the most basic level, WOEMA provides quality CME that enhances our professional lives, but well beyond that, it provides professional camaraderie and cultivates relationships with people whom we (usually) have a lot in common with.

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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
WOEMA
An organized approach to Mobile Medical Apps for Physicians

Lao Tsu said “if you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” However, you’d need a virtual trawler with gill nets to keep up with the thousands of Mobile Medical Apps available for smartphones and tablets (~20,000 on Apple iOS and ~9,000 on Google Android). The editors of iMedical Apps.com have authored an article* that provides an overview of medical apps for clinicians to deal with the wide variation in quality, price and overall clinical utility of Medical Apps. The article provides a practical framework for clinicians to identify, evaluate and implement useful medical applications into their practice.
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Save the Date for WOHC 2014!
WOEMA
On behalf of the WOHC planning committee and WOEMA Board of Directors, we’re excited to invite you to the Western Occupational Health Conference September 17 - 20, 2014 at the beautiful Coronado Island Marriott in San Diego, California!


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), “Procedures” (Wound Closure and Slit Lamp), “Occ Med Screening Tools” (Spirometry, EKG, Audiogram, Vision Screening), 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 include worksite tours of the Solar Turbines and the Naval Air Station North Island Aircraft Maintenance Facility; 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! Click here for WOEMA website.
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Which Healthcare Jobs Have the Best Outlooks?
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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
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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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Access to Care May Come at a Premium
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In the event of a provider shortage, payers may be compelled to shell out extra fees to get injured workers the treatment they need.
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Thousands of Young California Immigrants Eligible for Coverage — Though Often They Don’t Know It
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Carlos Velazquez’s skateboard slipped out from beneath his feet and he spiraled onto the ground, landing hard on his left arm. He decided not to go to the doctor after the 2012 accident, resorting to over-the-counter pain medication and home remedies. The reason: He and his mother had overstayed their visas when he was a child, so he wasn’t eligible for government-funded health insurance. And he couldn’t afford a private plan.
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Physicians in Congress: A Prescription for Better Health Policy?
Health Affairs
Physicians in Congress are on the rise. From 1960 to 2004, only 25 of the 2,196 members of Congress were physicians. During an era that brought such fundamental changes to health policy as the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, physicians were disproportionately less likely to hold congressional office than their counterparts in law (979) and in business (298). In recent years, the ranks of physician-representatives have swelled — 20 physicians currently hold seats in the 113th Congress.
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Why Using Painkillers to Treat Chronic Pain Could Totally Backfire
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A controversial new pain pill is slated to hit the market in March, and it's stirring discussion about whether it's wise to take prescription drugs for long-term pain at all.
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Can Engaging Primary Care Doctors Reduce Healthcare Costs?
MedCity News
A couple of the pain points driving up healthcare costs are poor adherence to care plans and self-referrals to specialists.
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3 Insights on Social Media and Healthcare
Becker's Hospital Review
A couple of weeks ago, Dave deBronkart says a friend of his was having "such a bad time" in a hospital. "She had to go walking down the hall to find her nurse because a half hour earlier, her IV had fallen out, and she got no responses to her call button," he says. Although she got help that time, she found herself in the same situation yet again. This time, though, her approach was different. "She tweeted [at] the hospital's Twitter account, and she got a response," Mr. deBronkart says, illustrating how social media has changed the dynamic between providers and patients.
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