AOCOPM Pre-Conference Workshop #1: Occupational Medicine: Key Concepts for the Primary Care Physician
P. Lance Walker, DO, MPH and Gonzalo Fernandez, MD, Co-Chairs

8:00-8:15 Faculty Introduction and Course Objectives

8:15-9:15 Introduction to Occupational Medicine

9:15-10:15 Preparing your Office and Staff to Offer Occupational Medical Service. 

We review equipment needed to begin incorporating occupational medicine exams into your practice. We discuss OSHA and ANSI requirements for equipment, calibration standards and certifications for physicians and staff. We will discuss the unique aspects of non-coded contract-based remuneration.

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 Respiratory Protection

This lecture discusses occupational lung disease, OSHA Respiratory Standard Cotton Dust Standard and MSHA regulations. We also detail how to incorporate Respiratory Protection Services into your clinic and on-site work.

11:00-11:30 Hearing Conservation Programs

This lecture discusses mechanisms of hearing loss, prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss, the OSHA standard on hearing loss and how to implement Hearing Conservation Programs for industry into your practice.

11:30-12:00 In-house exams

This lecture reviews multiple physical examinations that can be performed as an adjunct to primary care. This includes Compliance exams, CDL, FAA, Insurance exams, return to work, post-offer, HAZMAT, and Respirator User. Time is spent detailing how to perform these exams, and reviewing effective marketing techniques.

12:00-1:00 Lunch- On your own

1:00-1:30 Medical Directorship

Learn how to earn extra income serving as medical directors for local industry and government agencies. We also cover NP/PA oversight and medical records review.

1:30-2:00 Drug Studies

Learn how to incorporate drug studies into your current patient population base.

2:00-2:30 Flu Vaccine Clinic

This lecture details how to implement on-site flu vaccine clinics, including purchasing vaccines, marketing and promoting.

2:30-3:00 Wellness Programs/Health Fairs

Participants will learn how to administer and provide corporate wellness programs and on-site Health Fairs. We discuss insurance incentives for companies, the physicians’ role in development and supervision of these programs, and how to use Health Fairs to build your occupational medical practice.

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:45 Travel Clinics

This lecture discusses setting up and administering an in-house or on-site travel clinic, including CDC recommendations, purchasing vaccines, marketing and promotion.

3:45-4:15 On-Site Clinics

Industries need medical personnel on–site, and this lecture covers how to set up industrial clinics and the supervision of medical staff.

4:15-5:00 Question/Answer Session and Wrap-up

 

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