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  • May 3 - 6, 2015

    Hilton Baltimore

    AOHC 2015

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    General Conference Information


    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 2015
    The 2015 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) is ACOEM’s 100th Annual Meeting.  

    Be sure to join your colleagues in recognizing the beginning of ACOEM’s centennial year (which will culminate at the 2016 AOHC in Chicago) by attending the optional social event at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Monday evening, May 4. This one-of-a-kind museum simply cannot be missed as it speaks to the core of OEM –the worker’s environment. ACOEM is partially subsidizing the cost to make it a must-attend event.

    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 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 availalbe at


    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, and (3) to facilitate physician effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out professional responsibilities.

    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 2015, 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.

    ACCME Accreditation Statement

    “The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

    AMA Credit Designation Statement

    “The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

    AAFP – Application for credit has been submitted to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

    ABOHN – The American Board of Occupational Health Nurses may recognizes AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM as applicable for the education requirements for certification by the ABOHN.

    ABPM – Most AOHC sessions are eligible for ABPM MOC credits toward recertification with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Those sessions are identified by “MOC.”  The maximum number of ABPM MOC credits available for this educational activity is 29.0 and the course code is 1140.

    Doctors of Osteopathy – This conference may be eligible for Category 2-A credit from the American Osteopathic Association.

    Physician Assistants – AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 29.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

    Attendees, particularly RNs, are also encouraged to consult their respective certifying associations/agencies for the conversion of AMA PRA approved credit to other educational credit.

    2015 AOHC Distance Learning Activity – More CME!

    Earn credit for sessions that you were unable to attend in person at this year’s conference by completing the 2015 AOHC Distance Learning Activity.  This activity will be available in summer 2015 and will require purchase and use of the AOHC 2015 conference recordings. Additional fees may apply for credit requested.


    The ideas represented in presentations at AOHC 2015 do not necessarily reflect ACOEM positions. ACOEM disclaims responsibility or liability for all products, services, or information presented at AOHC 2015. ACOEM does not endorse any product or service exhibited, nor necessarily support the content contained in the educational offerings.

    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 relationships of 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.

    In an effort to be environmentally conscious and better manage our resources, ACOEM is reducing the use of paper. All handouts submitted by speakers as of March 27, 2015, will be available to conference attendees via a secured area of ACOEM’s web site two weeks before and two weeks after the meeting. Registrants will be able to access the site, allowing them to view and print all or any of the submitted handouts.

    We will provide each attendee with a complimentary electronic copy of the handouts (those that were submitted by March 27, 2015) with registration materials on-site.


    AOHC Poster Presentations and Display

    Posters will be on display for viewing beginning Sunday, May 3 in the foyer outside the ACOEM Exhibit Hall. Poster authors will be available to discuss their research with attendees on May 3 from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm.

    ACOEM Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast

    ACOEM’s Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, May 6 from 8:15am-10:15am. Highlights will include the ACOEM Fellow elevation ceremony, introduction of new ACOEM officers and directors, installation of ACOEM’s new president. 

    This meeting and breakfast is open to any attendee who is registered for the full conference or who has a one-day conference registration for Wednesday.  All ACOEM members may attend the membership meeting regardless of their AOHC registration status (meal ticket available for purchase for those members not registered for the conference).

    We understand that not everyone will be able to attend due to other obligations. Therefore, if you would like to attend this event, please indicate so on the registration form. This will assist us in ordering the proper amount of food and eliminating unnecessary waste. 

    AOHC sessions offer focused presentations that cover critically chosen, cutting-edge subjects related to OEM competencies. These sessions typically include single or multiple presenters and can be one hour, 90 minutes, or 3 hours in length. Sessions are designed for OEM physicians and related professionals who practice in a variety of work settings. 

    Sessions are identified by tracks.  The tracks are:
    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

    To help in assigning room capacities, please indicate your session preference by time slot on the registration form.  This preference does not guarantee a seat in the session. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    C. O. Sappington Memorial Lecture

    The Sappington Lecture serves as a forum from which to address major issues in the field of OEM.  Professor Ewan B. MacDonald with the University of Glasgow will present this year’s lecture. It will be held during the AOHC Opening Session on Sunday, May 3, from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm.  The AOHC Opening Session will also feature remarks by RADM Boris D. Lushniak, Acting United States Surgeon General (invited).

    William B. Patterson Memorial Lecture

    The William B. Patterson Memorial Lecture will take place during the ACOEM Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held Wednesday, May 6 from 8:15am-10:15am.  This year’s lecture will be presented by David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  

    Worksite Visits

    Worksite visits are open to registered attendees only and are considered to be educational activities and not social events or tours. Additional fees and advance registration is required. The following worksite visits will be offered:


    801: Occupational Health at the Baltimore Zoo


    802: GM Powertrain

    Please see the session descriptions and registration form for worksite visit details and fees.

    Learning Resources

    We know you can’t be in two places at once, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on content. Most sessions will be recorded for sale and orders can be placed on-site and after AOHC. Purchase the online library of conference recordings NOW with your registration and save! For only $129 you will have online access to all recorded sessions! Special advance price is for online library access; other versions such as MP3, CD, or DVD will be available for purchase onsite and following the conference. In addition, after AOHC, a distance learning package will be available for sale that includes CME and MOC credit. The distance learning package will require purchase of the conference recordings, and by buying them now at the special advance price, you’ll be on your way to those hours of additional credit.

    Speaker Designation
    Speakers who are members of ACOEM are indicated with an asterisk (*) throughout this program. The College would like to take this opportunity to recognize their contributions to ACOEM.

    Pre- and Post-Conference Courses

    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.



    ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam

    The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) will hold an MOC examination in Baltimore, MD on Sunday morning, May 3.  For more information or to register for the examination, visit the ABPM web site ( or call their office at 312-939-2276.

    MRO Certification Exam

    The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will hold an examination in Baltimore, MD on Sunday, morning, May 3. For information or to register for the examination, call MROCC at 847-631-0599 or visit

    ABIME Certification Exam
    The American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) will hold an examination in Baltimore, MD on Sunday morning, May 3. For information or to register for the examination, call ABIME at 304-733-0095 or visit


    ACOEM wishes to thank the AOHC 2015 exhibitors and acknowledge their part in contributing to the success of the conference. Attendees are invited to visit the exhibit hall during the following hours:

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    5:30 pm–7:30 pm

    Exhibit Hall Opening and Reception and Abstract Poster Presentations

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    8:00 am-5:15 pm

    Breakfast sponsored by Medlock Consulting (8:00 am)

    Complimentary Lunch in the Exhibit Hall (12 Noon)

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    8:00 am-10:45 am

    AOHC’s exhibits offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in scientific research, pharmaceuticals, equipment, supplies, and medical technology. Time spent in the exhibit hall is as rewarding as attendance at a lecture. Only paid AOHC registrants or paid guest registrants with AOHC badges will be permitted in the exhibit hall.




    In fairness to those who have rented exhibit space, it is not permitted to have recruiting devices such as posters, business cards, private hospitality suites, or any other recruiting medium in use during AOHC except by those who are officially listed as exhibitors. Employment agencies and their employees or representatives who wish to enter into recruitment efforts at AOHC may contact Lisa Mikita, AOHC Exhibits Manager, at 847-818-1800, ext. 390.


    The Baltimore area is served by most domestic carriers and international carriers at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) Information including ground transportation, maps and flight schedules is available at

    401 West Pratt Street 
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201
    TEL: 1-443-573-8700

    Or, if you prefer, you may call 1-800-HILTONS and mention group code 'AOH'. 
    AOHC has secured the discounted rate of $215 plus tax for single/double occupancy. The room block will be available through April 3, 2015 or when the block is full, whichever comes first

    About the Hotel

    Welcome to Hilton Baltimore. Built as a tribute to Baltimore's heritage, the hotel features bricks from Camden Yards and artwork from more than 40 local artists. Enjoy large LCD HDTVs, wired and wireless high-speed internet access and large desks in every guest room. The Hilton Baltimore hotel is a short walk from many of Baltimore’s leading tourist attractions, including Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, Orioles Park at Camden Yards, M&T Football Stadium-home of the Baltimore Ravens, the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Have fun with the kids at the National Aquarium and the Maryland Zoo. The hotel is ideally placed to explore Baltimore's famous neighborhoods such as Mt. Vernon, Federal Hill and Fells Point for local shopping, great dining and theater.


    For more information on Baltimore, Maryland, visit

    Viist the special AOHC microsite here.


    Recommended conference attire is business or business casual. Hotel and meeting room temperatures will vary, so layers are recommended for personal comfort.

    Airline Discounts

    The following discounts have been arranged for travel to AOHC 2015 in Baltimore. 

    Southwest Airlines – a preferred carrier for AOHC 2015

    • Discount: 8% Anytime and Business Select; 2% off select Wanna Get Away fares to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Reagan National Airport (DCA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
    • Travel dates: April 29 – May 9, 2015
    • Book between December 15, 2014 and April 15, 2015 (discounts not applicable for bookings made within two weeks of travel date or via phone). Go to and enter Corporate ID 99299491. Additional benefits with Rapid Rewards # added to reservation! To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit

    American Airlines – a preferred carrier for AOHC 2015 

    • Discount: 5% off of lowest applicable published fare for travel to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Reagan National Airport (DCA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
    • Travel Dates: April 28 – May 10, 2015
    • Book any time online at or at 800-433-1790 (additional ticketing fees apply for reservations made by phone). Promotional Code: 4445BQ  


    Optional Event: Baltimore Museum of Industry – Centennial Kick-off!

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    6:30pm – 9:30PM    

    100 years!

    Join your colleagues in recognizing the beginning of ACOEM’s centennial celebration (which will culminate at the 2016 AOHC in Chicago) by attending the optional social event at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Monday evening, May 4. 

    This one-of-a-kind museum simply cannot be missed as it speaks to the core of occupational medicine –workers and their work environment - and demonstrates the “where we’ve been” aspect of ACOEM’s centennial observance of 1916 to 2016.

    The BMI’s collections are evocative documentation of Baltimore’s industrial underpinnings. Vignettes explain how Baltimore’s residents—no matter their station in life, race, ethnicity or occupation —contributed. Through fascinating artifacts showcasing work environments of the past, this eclectic curation allows you to explore the industrial and technological heritage of the region’s industries and the people who created and worked in them.


    Bus transportation will be provided continuously between the Hilton Baltimore (site of AOHC) and the museum. Advance registration is required. Ticket price includes full museum access including three special-exhibit galleries – the Cannery, the Garment Loft and the Print Shop - plus two drinks and a lovely buffet meal themed to reflect Baltimore’s neighborhoods. In recognition of this evening as the beginning of our centennial celebration, ACOEM is subsidizing part of the cost to ensure that it becomes a must-attend event. 

    NEW! Working At The National Aquarium Immersion Tour 
    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    $85.00 per person

    This unique opportunity will open your eyes to a very different occupational setting. Health and safety challenges of working with the sea creatures will be discussed with representatives from both the human resources and safety departments. This group tour will begin at 4:00 pm sharp.  Please note that latecomers unfortunately cannot be accommodated. Attendees must wear closed toed, non-slip shoes (high heels are not allowed) and sign a waiver before entry. Photography is allowed, so remember your camera! Guests are invited to enjoy this opportunity as well; please note that guests must pay the registration fee, sign the waiver, and follow all of the same requirements as the attendee. 

    Attendees will have the option of accessing the aquarium prior to the tour at no additional fee – details will be provided to those who register. This activity will not offer CME or MOC credit and transportation will be on your own. The National Aquarium is a few blocks’ walk or a short taxi ride from the Hilton Baltimore (site of AOHC 2015). Another option is the free Charm City Circulator bus which departs in front of the hotel periodically throughout the day. 

    TWEET TWEET! AOHC and Twitter
    ACOEM will be using Twitter to communicate late-breaking news and announcements regarding AOHC activities. It’s easy to follow what’s happening at AOHC by simply following this link – You can also receive these updates via RSS feeds, SMS text messages using your cell phone, or e-mail.

    Emergency Contact

    Please be sure to indicate your emergency contact information with your registration. There will also be a bulletin board for posting personal messages in the AOHC Registration area. 

    ACOEM Federal ID#
    The federal employers identification number (FEIN) for ACOEM is 36-3593614. Some attendees may need this information when requesting funds for payment of conference fees from their employer.  

    ACOEM Membership Information

    Membership information is available by calling the Membership Department at 847/818-1800, ext. 300, or by visiting the ACOEM web site at

    Special Needs – ADA

    AOHC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact us if you have a disability and/or to inform us of any dietary restrictions.

    Consent to Use Photographic Images
    Registration and attendance at, or participation in, ACOEM meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to ACOEMs’ use and distribution, both now and in the future, of the registrant, or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audio tapes of such events and activities.

    Registrant Mailing List

    Exhibitors are an important part of the conference experience. Even if you don’t use particular exhibitors’ products, their participation supports necessary conference costs which helps offset your registration fee and allows ACOEM to provide a better conference experience for you.  

    The main benefit for exhibitor participation is access to you – onsite as well as before and after the conference. We provide exhibitors with a list of registrants for their use in contacting you to encourage you to visit their booth. Some offer discounts in their promotional message – another benefit to you. Exhibitors are limited to emailing registrants once before and once after the conference and are not allowed to add your information to their contact database for use beyond AOHC 2015.

    We appreciate your understanding and support of this common conference practice. If you prefer to have your name removed from the list provided to exhibitors, you may opt out during the registration process. In addition, just prior to the conference, we will make available to conference registrants only, a list of those who are attending – name and company, no address or contact information will be shared. This is a popular feature and facilitates the all-important networking that is so valuable at AOHC. 

    Please mark your exhibitor mailing preference on the registration form.

    Contact Information

    ACOEM Headquarters

    25 Northwest Point Blvd., Suite 700

    Elk Grove Village, IL  60007

    Telephone: 847-818-1800

    Fax (Registration): 847-818-9265


    Conference Management

    Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP, Director of Education


    Telephone: 847-818-1800 ext. 367

    Mary Lunn, Conference Coordinator


    Telephone: 847-818-1800 ext. 393

    Exhibit Management

    Lisa J. Mikita, CMP, CAE, Exhibit Manager


    Telephone: 847-818-1800 ext. 390

    Fax (Exhibits): 847-818-9286

    Web site: