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Best Practices in Occupational Medicine

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Birmingham, AL

After surveying physicians of their educational needs in occupational medicine, we developed this workshop based on the responses we received.  Our planning committee identified dynamic, knowledgeable faculty for this workshop.  The program will be moderated by Timothy J. Key, MD, MPH.  Dr. Key is the Medical Director of Employee Health at UAB and also serves industry and workers through his consulting in occupational health.  A recognized national leader in occupational and environmental medicine, Dr. Key comes with a strong history and career experiences in occupational medicine.

Program Topics
Medical Surveillance in Occupational Health:  Practical Tools for Best Practices
Alberto Cabán-Martinez, DO, PhD

Dr. Cabán-Martinez is a postdoctoral research fellow and instructor at the Harvard School of Medicine.  He is the Chief Fellow for the Liberty Mutual - Harvard School of Public Health Program in Occupational Injury and Disability Research.  He has published over 67 scientific articles and has a passion for workplace health interventions that integrate health promotion and injury prevention as it relates to musculoskeletal disorders. 

At the end Alberto’s presentation, you will be able to identify crucial components in an effective medical surveillance program for worker health and injury and illness prevention.  Participants will be able to list pitfalls in medical surveillance commonly used in occupational medicine, including spirometry, audiometric testing, blood lead levels, drug screening and other health indicators.  The value of thorough workplace assessments for worker health and safety and return to work duties will be discussed.

The Burden of Proof:  Determination of Work-related Hearing Loss
Georgia H. Rhodes, AuD

Dr. Rhodes is known for her commitment to hearing conservation.  As a doctoral prepared audiologist, Dr. Rhodes has years of experiences spanning a range of  work settings from industry to academia.  She has been recognized as one of the leaders in training occupational hearing conservations - which she does with a passion for worker hearing protection.

At the end of her session you will be able to list and discuss the major factors involved in determining work-relatedness of hearing loss according to OSHA.  You will be able to discuss ethical dilemmas in claiming noise exposures are NOT work-related.  Where is the burden of proof in determining work-relatedness of hearing loss?  Physicians have an ethical obligation to make the correct determination.  What can employers do?  Employers should have a strong working relationship with the physician or audiologist reviewing their audiometric test results and in turn, the physician or audiologist should have a thorough understanding of an employee’s potential noise exposures at work.

Caring for the Injured Worker
Alberto Cabán-Martinez, DO, PhD

Dr. Cabán-Martinez will join us to share his expertise in musculoskeletal disorders through his extensive research in risk factors in predicting musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).   MSDs continue to be a significant challenge for our diverse and aging workforce, having a considerable economic impact on a business and, of course, a worker’s quality of life.  Effective strategies to prevent and treat these complicated disorders will be discussed.   Participants will be able to list occupational and non-occupational risk factors and successful techniques for diagnosis and treatment  in caring for injured workers with MSDs.

Workers’ Comp: 101
Jeannie Bugg Walston, Partner

Joining us for this session is a well-respected workers’ comp attorney, Jeannie Walston.  Ms. Walton is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie one of the largest firms in Alabama to devote itself exclusively to litigation.  She is known for her expertise in workers’ comp and dynamic, informative and engaging presentations.  By sharing her expertise in workers’ comp cases – our attendees will come away with useful, practical information on their vital role in workers’ compensation cases.  Her presentation will cover properly defending a worker’s compensation case, defending occupational hearing loss claims, and getting the most out of the employers right to recovery from a third party in a workers' compensation case.

Our Planning Committee & Faculty

Veena Antony, MD
Professor, UAB
Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care
Richard Kanwal, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
Food & Drug Administration
Timothy J. Key, MD, MPH
Medical Director
UAB Occupational Health & Safety
Alberto Cabán-Martinez, DO
Instructor/Chief Research Fellow
Environmental & Occupational
Medicine & Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health
Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD
Deputy Director/Asst. Professor
UAB Environmental Health Sciences
Deep South Center for OH&S
Jennan Phillips, DSN
Director, OHN Program
Deep South Center for OH&S
UAB School of Nursing
Angela W. Baumann, PhD, MPH
Program Manager
Deep South Center for OH&S
Georgia H. Rhodes, AuD
Audiologist, Holmes Hearing Services
Greensboro, AL
Jennie Bugg Walston, JD
StarnesDavis Florie LLC

Professional Development

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Best Practices in Occupational Medicine has been awarded 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and Popcorn Anyone?  has been awarded 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM by the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Division of Continuing Medical Education.  Physicians should claim on the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

As an AL Board of Nursing Approved Provider, the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety awards Best Practices in Occupational Medicine 4.0 contact hours (expiration date 01/03/2015).  Participants who attend the program will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), the national standard of recognition for nonacademic professional education. 


Best Practices will be held at 8:00 am - noon at the Ross Bridge Resort, 4000 Grand Ave, Birmingham, AL 35226. Continental breakfast will be provided beginning at 7:30 am.  Registration is $25, and must be received in advance. A confirmation letter with details will be sent once registration has been received.  Please contact us at 205.934.7178 with any questions or to register by phone.

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