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ACOEM Virtual Symposium

June 9 - 11, 2020 / 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Full Event and 1-Day Symposium Registration Rates Available   
Symposium Registrants will also have access to the Event Recordings.
Up to 9.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 

 Audience    ► Overview    ► Learning Objectives   
► Program Agenda    ► Registration Rates    ► Planning Committeee


The Virtual Symposium is designed for physicians and other health care professionals who specialize in or have an interest in occupational and environmental medicine (OEM), including nurses, physician assistants, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, environmental health specialists, and human resource professionals. 

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As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses struggle to reopen. In order to reopen safely, employers will need support in facilitating employees returning to work, including dealing with testing protocols, business-specific guidance, and workplace modifications to reduce the potential for workplace transmission. These modifications will need to include defining and adjusting to workplace physical distancing, and the use of personal protective equipment (e.g., masks), engineering controls (e.g., ventilation), and administrative controls (e.g., staggered shifts) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This Symposium will cover a comprehensive approach to returning to work during the pandemic, the biological science of viral transmission, as well as industry-specific guidance that can be applied to workplace environments. It will also discuss the role that medical, safety, and industrial hygiene plays in safely returning employees to the workplace.

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role that OEM physicians and other professionals (e.g., safety, industrial hygiene, human resources) play in returning employees back to work safely during the pandemic.
  • Assess the psychological impacts that the pandemic has on workers, especially health care providers, and the strategies and resources needed to assist them.
  • Cite the biological science of SARS CoV-2 transmission and the role that masking can play in reducing the transmission of the virus.
  • Identify how to prepare workplaces using health and safety measures with a focus on several industries including meatpacking/food, maritime, health care, transportation, public safety, and utilities.

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Program Overview

June 9, 2020: 12:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
Day 1: A Comprehensive Approach to Wholesale Return to Work (RTW) During COVID-19 Pandemic (3.0 Hours)

  • Reopening and the Role of OEM Professionals
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Return to Work/Fitness for Duty
  • Recovery/Mental Health
  • Human Resources/Employee Assistance Programs/Policies/Legal Challenges – Specific Scenarios

June 10, 2020: 12:00 - 3:00 PM EDT 
Day 2: Biological Science: Role of Medical, Safety, and Industrial Hygiene Professionals (3.0 Hours)

  • SARS CoV-2 Transmission/ Masking
  • Tracking and Responding to Sick or Exposed Employees
  • Role of Testing/Contact Tracings
  • Role of Safety and Industrial Hygiene

June 11, 2020: 12:00 - 3:00 PM EDT 
Day 3: Industry-Specific Return-to-Work Guidance (3.0 Hours)

  • Meatpacking/Assembly Line/Manufacturing 
  • Food/Grocery/Restaurant/Agriculture
  • Maritime/Oilfields/Remote Workers/Utilities
  • Health Care 
  • Transportation 
  • Public Safety

Up to 9.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 

Accreditation Statement
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
Designation Statement
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Symposium Registration Rates

Symposium Registrants will also have access to the Event Recordings.

Registration Rate (3 Day):

  • ACOEM Member: $299
  • ACOEM Medical Student/Resident/Retired Member: $150
  • Non-Member: $399


Registration Rate (1 Day):

  • ACOEM Member: $135
  • ACOEM Medical Student/Resident/Retired Member: $75
  • Non-Member: $180


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Virtual Symposium Planning Committee

  • Tanisha Taylor, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
  • Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Blink, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Glenn Pransky, MD, FACOEM
  • Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Orford, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM
  • Beth Baker, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM

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