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  1. 2. ACOEM Vision ACOEM is the pre-eminent organization of physicians who champion the health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.
  2. 3. 1916 – AAIP&S American Association of Industrial Physicians & Surgeons formed. 1951 – IMA AAIP&S changes its name to the Industrial Medical Association .
  3. 4. 1974 – AOMA IMA becomes the American Occupational Medical Association . 1988 – ACOM AOMA and the American Academy of Occupational Medicine merge to form the American College of Occupational Medicine .
  4. 5. 1992 – ACOEM ACOM becomes the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine .
  5. 6. ACOEM Mission <ul><li>ACOEM provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>educating health professionals and the public; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stimulating research; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enhancing quality of practice; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>guiding public policy; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advancing the field of occupational and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>environmental medicine. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. OEM Mission Occupational and environmental medicine is the medical specialty devoted to prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability; and promotion of health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities.
  7. 8. Role of the OEM Physician <ul><li>prevents; </li></ul><ul><li>diagnoses; and </li></ul><ul><li>treats workplace illness and injury. </li></ul>The occupational and environmental medicine physician:
  8. 9. Role of the OEM Physician <ul><li>identifying hazards; </li></ul><ul><li>detecting exposures; </li></ul><ul><li>protecting the workforce; and </li></ul><ul><li>educating people regarding workplace hazards. </li></ul>The occupational and environmental medicine physician assists employers in:
  9. 10. The OEM Team The OEM physician is part of a team that includes: <ul><li>Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial Hygienist </li></ul><ul><li>Worker Representative </li></ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><li>Health Physicist </li></ul><ul><li>Ergonomist </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Nurse </li></ul><ul><li>Physician Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Private Physician </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Therapist </li></ul><ul><li>Epidemiologist </li></ul><ul><li>Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital </li></ul>
  10. 11. The Team Approach <ul><li>enhanced health and safety in the workplace; </li></ul><ul><li>a match between the worker and the task; </li></ul><ul><li>rapid and appropriate medical management of illness/injury; </li></ul><ul><li>appropriate return to work; </li></ul><ul><li>effective communication for all; and </li></ul><ul><li>cost effectiveness/efficiency. </li></ul>Working with management and other occupational and environmental health professionals, the OEM physician achieves:
  11. 12. Specific Responsibilities of the OEM Physician <ul><li>diagnoses and treats occupational illness/injury; </li></ul><ul><li>conducts medical evaluations; </li></ul><ul><li>returns workers at an appropriate level; </li></ul><ul><li>coordinates with work-site personnel; </li></ul><ul><li>serves as a medical review officer (MRO). </li></ul>The OEM Physician:
  12. 13. Specific Responsibilities of the OEM Physician <ul><li>develop and implement policy and procedures; </li></ul><ul><li>identify workplace hazards; </li></ul><ul><li>advise on state and federal regulations; </li></ul><ul><li>provide leadership to health benefits programs; </li></ul><ul><li>supervise wellness programs; and </li></ul><ul><li>provide case management for workers’ comp. </li></ul>The OEM physician works with others to:
  13. 14. The Business Side of OEM <ul><li>selecting and maintaining a healthy work force; </li></ul><ul><li>facilitating early return to work; </li></ul><ul><li>reducing absences and lost time; </li></ul><ul><li>improving productivity; and </li></ul><ul><li>reducing corporate liability. </li></ul>The value of occupational and environmental medicine:
  14. 15. OEM and Care Management <ul><li>workers’ comp costs increasing; </li></ul><ul><li>medical benefits increasing; </li></ul><ul><li>indemnity costs increasing; </li></ul><ul><li>lost time per injury increasing; </li></ul><ul><li>replacement costs increasing; </li></ul><ul><li>injuries decreasing. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Challenges Faced By OEM <ul><li>Changing demographics; </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of the field; </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition; and </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteerism. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Demographics – 1992
  17. 18. Demographics -- 2001
  18. 19. Diversity of the Field <ul><li>Settings: </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate </li></ul><ul><li>Private Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Academia </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital/Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Specialties: </li></ul><ul><li>OEM </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Epidemiology </li></ul><ul><li>Family Practice </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Government/Public/Media Awareness: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>develop science-based position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>papers/position statements. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>communicate ACOEM/OEM positions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>on legislative issues to appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Washington agencies. </li></ul>Recognition Issues
  20. 21. Volunteerism <ul><li>limited financial resources; </li></ul><ul><li>time constraints; </li></ul><ul><li>life/career stage. </li></ul>
  21. 22. ACOEM Business Goals <ul><li>provide an emphasis on physician </li></ul><ul><li>education; </li></ul><ul><li>enhance the specialty of OEM; and </li></ul><ul><li>strengthen ACOEM. </li></ul>

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