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The Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society is proud to host the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (MARCOEM)! 

The MARCOEM is a regional conference developed and presented by a collaboration between The Johns Hopkins University Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health  
and the following American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine components: 

Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of New Jersey
Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association 
Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society
Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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Pre-Conference Info

October 11, 2019

Pre-Conference Activities:
Global Warming Workshop
1:00 - 7:00 pm

The Study Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

Overview of Climate Change
Global Warming and the OEM Physician
Advocacy Training
Mitigation Measures for Climate Change

Hotel Info

October 12-13, 2019


The International House
Philadelphia, PA

Day One
8:00 am - 6:15 pm
Reception 6:15 - 8:00 pm

Day Two
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Reception 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Registration with breakfast buffet starts at 7:00 am

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Call for Posters

Submission deadline: September 15, 2019

Residents are warmly invited to submit poster abstracts on any topic related to occupational and environmental medicine to be displayed at the MARCOEM 2019 meeting. 

Interested trainees should submit their posters to their own residency directors.

Residency directors are asked to send approved submissions directly to Dr. Gwen Brachman at by September 15th

Pre-Conference Workshop: Global Warming

1:00 - 7:00 pm
Fee: $100.00


The Study Hotel
University City
20 S 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join MARCOEM for a ½ day dedicated to learning about Global Warming, developing advocacy skills and discussing how we can respond to this existential threat. The initial 30 minutes will summarize how we got here and what scientific experts are predicting for the planet’s future. Dr. Howarth will review the medical literature for the health effects, which have resulted from climate change. These effects are expected to magnify as greenhouse gases (CO2/Methane) and planetary temperature rise. How will they will affect Occupational Medicine providers in the coming years and what education and skills will we need to meet the challenges from a medical provider standpoint? Dr. Saberi will provide her expertise in advocacy skills training by assisting the workshop participants in writing letters to newspaper editors and writing policy position papers and speaking with legislators. Participants will gain advocacy skills, which can be applied to any situation.

 Dinner is on your own for an hour in the restaurant downstairs and then we will finish the session with a 30 minute presentation on proposed solutions to the problem of Global Warming. Are we realistic in putting our hopes in technology as a savior? How are world governments doing in meeting the pledged targets from the Paris Accord on Climate Change? Will individuals, communities, businesses and organizations have the will to make sacrifices for the good of the planet? Finally, we will conclude the workshop by discussing possible action items that we will bring to our Components, the Environmental Medicine Section and ACOEM.

If you are interested in learning more about Global Warming/Climate Change, a desire to gain or improve your advocacy skills, which can be used to make a meaningful contribution to your profession or cause or just want to get involved and make a difference in our collective future please consider registering for this workshop. We will develop action items to mitigate global temperature/CO2 rise to present to our components on an individual/family, work/employer and component/ACOEM level for both the short-term and longer-term time horizons.

We are looking for at least one member from each component willing to continue this project through next year’s MARCOEM meeting.

If anyone has any further questions, please call Dr. Jeff Jacobs at 856-745-1151


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Approved AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM: 16.25

Approved ABPM MOC Credits: 16.25

ACCME Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society (POEMS). The ACOEM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Corporate Health Resources, Inc. (CHR) was founded in 1986 by Karen W. Cohen, RHIA. CHR is a privately held company, a woman-owned business and a veteran-owned business. CHR is a nationwide examiner network that provides occupational health exams in all 50 states and many international locations as well.

Many of our clients have an internal Medical Department and CHR’s staff becomes an administrative extension of a company’s own department. We coordinate exams outside the catchment area of the company’s medical department. For clients without an internal Medical Department, we can provide the same service using your consulting medical director, or physician recommended by CHR.


We have specialized in the installation, relocation, and service of Hearing Booths and Acoustic Test Chambers since 1989. 

We are the distributor for Acoustic Systems, but also service most brands of booths such as IAC and Eckel. In addition, we sell and service Occupational Health Instruments. Our service technicians can provide your annual instrument and site certification to ensure you meet OSHA requirements. We also repair equipment, either on site or in our service center. 

We are a distributor for Benson Medical Instruments, Ndd Medical Technologies, Sperian, and CMI. We carry supplies, parts and accessories for common audiometers.


Medlock Consulting is a physician search firm dedicated to locating, evaluating, and facilitating the placement of quality physicians in superior environments. To us, this means never taking shortcuts and always maintaining professional and personal integrity.

Simply, we find great Doctors! In most cases, these are the people who were not looking to change jobs until skillfully and professionally presented with an opportunity by a seasoned search consultant. Most other firms copiously rely on advertisements and internet job postings. These methods only serve to attract active candidates who are perhaps unhappy with their current professional environment and whose resumes are scattered in numerous facilities and recruiting firms.



Conference Fees

Early bird deadline extended!

FeesBefore 9/15/19After 9/15/19 
ACOEM Member$250.00$275.00
Non-ACOEM Member$275.00$300.00
RN/NP & PA$225.00$225.00
Saturday, Oct. 12th Only $150.00$150.00
Sunday, Oct 13th Only $100.00$100.00

Pre-conference Activities: Global Warming Workshop (Optional)
October 11th 

Please note that you are on your own for dinner at the restaurant onsite. 


Download the Registration Form

Please click here to download the registration form (pdf) and: 

Keith Choi
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N Wolfe St, Room W7517
Baltimore, MD 21205

  1. Please click here to download the conference registration form and complete
  2. Download the JHU tuition remission form from the JHU Benefits website and complete.
  3. After completing both forms please scan and email to Keith Choi at or fax the completed forms to 410-614-4986.



Tripadvisor link to list of nearby hotels: 

The Study at University City
20 S. 33rd Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Google Maps link.


Our block of rooms at the Study have all been booked unfortunately. But there are still rooms available at their regular rate. 

NOTE: The pre-conference activities will take place here at The Study Hotel. 



Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
3549 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 

Google Maps link (one block from the International House)


Directions to the Conference

Intl House

International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Click here to view directions + parking information from the International House website. 


Plenty of metered street parking is available on Chestnut and Market Streets, as well as throughout University City. Metered parking is $2 per hour, free after 8:00 pm.

Discounted parking for guests of IHP is also available at the Sheraton University City parking garage, located at 3549 Chestnut Street.  Bring your parking receipt to our front desk or box office for a validation stamp to receive $2.00 off their regular hourly rates.   The garage is open 24-hours.

In addition, there are a number of UPenn parking lots and garages within walking distance; you can find information on their locations, hours, and rates here.  

Conference Speakers and Topics  


Jill Angelo


Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing

Jill is the CEO and co-founder of genneve whose mission is to empower every woman to take control of her life in menopause. genneve is the first-ever online clinic for women in menopause. Jill has 20 years’ experience in the tech industry. She spent 15 years at Microsoft in executive roles such as Chief of Staff to the CMO, Director of Global Media, and Product Management for Emerging Markets. Jill recently joined the Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Washington. Named as one of Inc. Magazine’s 2016 Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs, Jill is a driving force for bringing effective health solutions to women in the most vibrant years of their lives. 

Karl Auerbach, MD, MBA, FACOEM


MRO Update  

Dr. Karl Auerbach is an occupational medicine specialist in Albany NY and is affiliated with the Occupational & Environmental Health Center of Eastern NY. He received his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and has been in practice for more than 40 years.  He is a certified Medical Review Officer and he moderates the MRO List.  His activities also include evaluation of workers’ compensation cases and surveillance examinations.  

Wendell Bristol, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Temple Health 

Hand Occupational Therapy

Wendell A. Bristol has been an Occupational Therapist for 28 years and a Certified Hand Therapist for 15 years. His educational background stems from Temple University with a BA in Psychology in 1981, following completion with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1994. He has worked at Temple University Hospital for 28 years in the Acute Care, Acute Rehab, Cardio-Pulmonary, and Skilled Nursing units. He currently works as an Outpatient Hand therapist at Temple University for the last 15 years. He is also a per diem therapist at Moss Rehabilitation Center on the Rehab unit. 

Bill Bruce, MBA, CAE

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

ACOEM Update

Bill is responsible for the overall operations of ACOEM's headquarters. He works closely with the ACOEM President, Board, and staff to ensure that ACOEM is true to its mission, vision and strategic inventory. Bill has nearly two decades of experience in executive roles for medical societies. Bill earned his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and is also an ASAE Certified Association Executive.

Brittany Busse, MD

WorkCare, Inc.


Dr. Busse is an Associate Medical Director for WorkCare, Inc and is passionate about developing and implementing programs that represent best practice in Telehealth and training practitioners in unique compassionate care and outcomes based initiatives. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2009, where she was active in various research, community outreach, and quality improvement programs. She has spent the past two and half years growing and managing a team of quality Telehealth doctors who are passionate about improving the lives of employees injured on the job. She has a passion for evidenced-based medical practice and outcome driven care, while emphasizing compassion for patients and return to functionality as primary goals. 

Fabrice Czarnecki, MD, MPH, MA, FACOEM

Transportation Security Administration 

Public Safety Medicine

Dr. Czarnecki is the Chief Medical Officer for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining TSA, Dr. Czarnecki was the Medical Director of Public Safety Medicine at Northwestern Medical Group, in Chicago. He has served as the Medical Officer of the US Secret Service and as the Medical Director of the Chicago Fire Department. He is the current chair of the Public Safety Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr. Czarnecki is actively involved in writing medical guidelines for safety-sensitive occupations, as vice-chair of the ACOEM Task Group on Medical Guidance for Law Enforcement Officers, and as chair of the 1582 Task Group of the National Fire Protection Association (2018 cycle). He is board-certified in family medicine and emergency medicine.

M. Christine David, DO, MPH

P&G The Gillette Company

Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing

Dr. David is the senior physician and medical site leader of the Procter & Gamble Gillette Company in South Boston, and medical director of Global Grooming in P&G Gillette. Prior to her current duties, she served as the Medical Director of the Working Well Clinic at Boston Medical Center. In addition to providing clinical care / injury management to the BMC hospital employees and to those of local business in the area, her responsibilities included developing and directing annual employee health programs such as the annual flu vaccination and TB screenings, participation in such interdisciplinary collaborations such as the Infectious Disease Committee and initiating the Needlestick Prevention Committee. Dr. David has also worked in Quadrant Health Strategies, Concentra and Pentucket Medical Associates where she provided injury management, occupational health and urgent care services to employee clients and the general public alike. 

Dr. David went to NYU where she completed her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages. She is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. After her internship and a couple of years of training in family medicine, she completed residency in Preventive Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA where she also obtained her Masters in Public Health. She went to complete her fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2012. Dr. David is board certified in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Dr. David is originally from Queens, New York. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, their four-year-old son and their two cats. She enjoys exercising, working on home improvement projects, and, foremost, spending time with her family.  

Laura Dinsmore, MS, MA

Quadrant Health Strategies, Inc. Boston 

Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing

Laura is the Founder and CEO of Quadrant Health Strategies, Inc.  Incorporated in 1997, Quadrant reflects Laura’s 30 years of experience as an OEM/wellbeing consultant, healthcare provider and executive.  Quadrant provides corporate employee health and wellbeing services; OEM medical directorships; and research donor programs for hundreds of clients, including ten of the Fortune 100.  In addition, Laura is a Founding Member and Board Member of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering more healthy female leadership for a more sustainable world.

Angela Duckworth, PhD

Character Lab

Grit and Resilience in the Workplace

Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.

David Frances, PhD

Quadrant Health Strategies, Inc.

How Companies Can Demonstrate Leadership in Eliminating Mental Health Stigma

As VP of Training and Development for Quadrant, Dr. Frances provides management training, executive coaching, and organizational development services. His areas of expertise include effective communication and performance management. Clients have included major corporations (including Pfizer, Symantec, MFS, WR Grace), non-profits (including Boston Symphony, Oxfam America, New England Aquarium), and sports organizations (NFL, Buffalo Bills).

Stephen Frangos, MD, MPH, FACOEM

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

ACOEM Update

Dr. Stephen Frangos is the president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He is the Regional Medical Manager for North and South America at Chevron Corporation in Houston. He is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Assistant Clinical Faculty Member at the University of Utah, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the NIOSH Educational Resource Center at the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health in Houston.

George Friedman-Jimenez, MD, DrPH

NYU School of Medicine

Judging Work-Related Causation in Individual Patients

Dr. George Friedman-Jimenez is the founding director of, and attending physician in, the Bellevue / NYU Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic (BNOEMC). His clinical training and board certifications are in Internal Medicine (Primary Care) and Preventive Medicine (Occupational), with research training in Epidemiology. In addition, Dr. Friedman-Jimenez directs and teaches the medical student curriculum in epidemiology and preventive medicine at NYU School of Medicine.

Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH

The Jed Foundation

Science Denial

Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH is a public health and mental health expert and author based in New York. She is currently Director of High School Programming at The Jed Foundation (JED), an emotional health and suicide prevention organization focusing on adolescents and young adults. Her primary focus at JED is a new program called Set to Go, a national program that works to emotionally prepare high school students for the transition to college. She has written extensively about psychology, behavioral science, mental health, and global health, among other topics. Her work has appeared or been reviewed in TIME, The New Yorker, Science, Scientific American, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Daily Kos, and NPR, among others.

Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, MPH


DOT Update      

Dr. Hartenbaum is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine and has a Master’s of Public Health in Occupational Medicine. She has extensive experience in the clinical, corporate, and academic settings.  Dr. Hartenbaum is a nationally recognized expert in occupational fitness for duty with a special focus on transportation and workplace drug and alcohol testing programs. Dr. Hartenbaum is President and Chief Medical Officer of OccuMedix, Inc, an occupational medicine consulting firm located in Dresher, PA. She is the editor of The DOT Medical Examination: A Guide to Commercial Driver Medical Certification, now in its sixth edition and CDME Review, a quarterly newsletter for commercial driver medical examiners. She is the course director for ACOEM’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner training program. She has published and lectured nationally on various issues of fitness evaluations in the workplace.

Sean Harvey, MSOD, MSEd 

Sympónia Studios and The Compassionate Masculinity Project

Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing Part II

Sean is the Founder of Sympónia Studios and The Compassionate Masculinity Project. He brings over 20 years of experience in talent and organizational development consulting combined with a decade of college teaching experience at Cornell, NYU and Baruch College CUNY in the areas of organizational behavior and change. Sean is contributing as a writer, speaker, and consultant to a new narrative around creating a healthier gender balance as a lever to transform people, cultures, and systems.   He works specifically with men to find their authentic voice, connect more deeply with themselves and the world, and live a life of purpose. Sean was the head of Purpose and Personal Transformation for Eileen Fisher and was the VP of Talent Consulting for Partners International, where he launched a Socially Conscious Leadership program for emerging leaders on Wall Street.

Marilyn Howarth, MD, FACOEM

University of Pennsylvania 

Global Warming and the OEM Physician

Dr. Marilyn Howarth’s career in Public Health began when she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta. While an EIS officer she worked with communities and government agencies to investigate and tackle occupational and environmental problems. After leaving the CDC, Dr. Howarth worked with Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ re-shaping their Occupational Health efforts by reaching out to employers to provide medical services to their workers. In 1995 she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of Consultation Services for the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In that role she published papers, taught courses, performed worksite evaluations and helped patients and communities with the effects of environmental exposures. Dr. Howarth has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with exposure to heavy metals, solvents, mold, respiratory allergens and irritants, and musculoskeletal trauma. Dr. Howarth has participated with CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Institutes of Health and the Camden County Technical Advisory Board to work on topics as diverse as latex allergy, the health effects of air pollution, and lead and radiological contamination. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is currently a member of the PHILAPOSH Technical Advisory Board, which helps unions with concerns about exposures on the job. She is a founding professor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health course and provides educational programs on Environmental Health topics to community and employee groups.

Jeffrey Jacobs, MD, MPH


Global Warming: Environmental Effects and Mitigation Measures Part I & II
Occupational Medicine: Compliance, Excellence and Innovation 

Dr. Jacobs is Associate Medical Director and Vice President/Clinical Lead for WorkCare’s Medical Exams & Travel division, joined the company in May 2016. Dr.  Jacobs has more than 22 years of experience in workplace health and safety in a variety of practice settings. He supports WorkCare’s clients and their employees as a consulting medical director and clinical adviser, and he is a member of our Incident Interventio® on-call injury management team. Prior to joining WorkCare, Dr. Jacobs served as the corporate physician in an onsite health clinic for a pharmaceutical manufacturer. He formerly was medical director of Employee Health Services at a tertiary care hospital in Philadelphia, Penn., where he is based.

Utsha Khatri, MD

University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine

Second Victim Syndrome

Utsha Khatri is an emergency medicine physician and National Clinician Scholar Program fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of PA, where she served as chief resident. Her interests include improving care of socially vulnerable populations, social determinants of health and gender equity in medicine.

Joanne Livote, MD


Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing


Nancy Minniti, PsyD, ABPP

Temple University Hospital Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Traumatic Brain Injury and the Neuropsychological Evaluation

Dr. Nancy Minniti is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who works at Temple University Hospital, with joint appointments in the departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Neurology. She has worked in the field of neuropsychology for over a decade, and has presented and published on a variety of topics related to neurocognitive functioning in neurologic disorders such as stroke, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. She has served as an expert witness in a forensic capacity in cases of traumatic brain injury and medical malpractice, and has an active clinical practice at Temple, in which she provides neuropsychological assessment to patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurologic disease and neurodegenerative dementias. 

Gregg T. Nicandri, MD

University of Rochester Medical Center

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Workplace Wellness

Dr. Nicandri's medical practice focuses on the care of shoulder arthritis and injuries. He is very involved with local high school athletics and URMC's sports performance and injury prevention programs. He believes strongly in the importance of staying active as we age and has special expertise in treating sports-related injuries that occur in adolescent and adult athletes. The treatments Dr. Nicandri offers range from shoulder arthroscopy to total shoulder replacement. Dr. Nicandri also serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer for the health system. He is a champion and leader for implementing, advancing, and optimizing the clinical technology systems that support URMC's mission. 

Howard L. Rudnick, MD, MHA, FACP

Department of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Fit for Duty Testing in Elderly Healthcare Personnel & Other Workers

Dr. Rudnick is a Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He is also the Medical Director of Occupational Health Services. He received his MD at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Advocacy Training

Dr. Pouné Saberi is clinical faculty at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the national and Philadelphia board of Physicians for Social Responsibility and is currently working on two projects related to health and natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale regions funded by Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at University of Pennsylvania.

Mim Senft

Motivity Partnerships

Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing

Mim Senft has over 20 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design and wellness program strategy and implementation.  She specializes in working with companies to evaluate current programs and resources for gaps and efficacy, take a more strategic approach to integrating them into a cohesive offering for employees and developing a culturally specific project plan with measurable goals. She is a certified as a Worksite Wellness Specialist through the National Wellness Institute; has her GBA group benefits designation through the International Foundation of Benefit Professionals (IFEBP); her property and casualty insurance certification, Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), through the Insurance Institute of America; and became a certified yoga instructor in 2006.    Prior to founding Motivity Partnerships, she worked with over 70 clients in a variety of industries including finance, manufacturing, law, fashion/retail and not-for-profit.  Some representative companies include Optum @ Goldman Sachs, Springleaf Financial, Tory Burch, Steptoe and Johnson Law Firm, Natures Path, Open Door and Consolidated Precision Products.  

Barbara Sicherman, PhD

Trinity College 

Alice Hamilton

Barbara Sicherman taught history, American Studies and Women’s Studies, including courses on women’s history and on American culture in its many permutations.  She helped establish the Women’s Studies Program and was closely involved in efforts to increase hiring faculty of color. Professor Sicherman is a specialist in women’s history, whose research interests include medical and psychiatric history, women’s biography, and the role of reading in women’s lives. She is currently doing research on reproductive rights, in particular the illegal birth control clinics established in Connecticut in the 1930s . She is also organizing family papers and is experiencing sometimes surprising revelations, as did former students in her family history course. She was a board member of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center for many years and is currently a volunteer tutor at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford.  

Melanie D. Swift, MD, FACOEM

Mayo Clinic

Treating Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) in Health Care Personnel

Dr. Swift is an occupational medicine physician and internist, with a special interest in the health and well-being of healthcare personnel. Her clinical focus includes: Workplace health and wellness, Medical center occupational health, Latent tuberculosis infection, Occupational safety and fitness for duty, Commercial driver evaluations, Management of healthcare personnel with infectious diseases, Management of occupational exposures. In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Swift is active in research and education, providing mentorship to residents, fellows, and medical students. She is active in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is a national expert on Medical Center Occupational Health. She helps develop national guidelines for the management of healthcare workers and publishes in medical journals.


Agenda & Handouts

Click here to download the agenda. Scroll down to download the handouts for each session below. Please note that not all speakers have made their handouts available for download. 



The Study Hotel at University City
Philadelphia, PA

1:00 - 1:30 pm 

Global Warming: Environmental Effects and Mitigation Measures Part I
Jeffrey Jacobs, MD

1:30 - 2:30 pm 

Global Warming and the OEM Physician
Marilyn Howarth, MD 

2:45 - 4:45 pm

Advocacy Training
Poune Saberi, MD

5:00 - 6:00 pm 

Dinner Break 

On your own at the Co-Op Restaurant and Lounge, located onsite at The Study Hotel. 

6:15 - 6:45 pm 

Global Warming: Environmental Effects and Mitigation Measures Part II
Jeffrey Jacobs, MD

6:45 - 7:00 pm                 Wrap Up and Consideration of Action Items


The International House
Philadelphia, PA

7:00 - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:00 - 8:30 am

Amy Behrman, MD

Keynote: Occupational Medicine: Compliance, Excellence and Innovation
Jeffrey Jacobs, MD

Environmental Medicine (EM), MCOH, Women in OEM, Basic OEM

8:30 - 9:30 am

Medical Review Officer (MRO) Update
Karl Auerbach, MD, MBA, FACOEM

Basic OEM

9:30 - 10:15 am

A 21st Century Solution to Mental Health Stigma, Led by Employers
David Frances, PhD


10:15 - 10:30 am


10:30 - 11:30 am

Science Denial in a Post-Truth World
Dr Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH 


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Treating Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) in Health Care Personnel
Melanie Swift, MD, FACOEM


12:30 - 12:45 pm

Break to Grab Lunch Boxes

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Judging Work-Related Causation in Individual Patients
George Friedman-Jimenez, MD, DrPH

Basic OEM

1:45 - 2:00 pm

Break and Transition to Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

2:00 - 3:00 pm


Alice Hamilton: Pioneer in Occupational Medicine
Barbara Sicherman, PhD

EM, Women/OEM

Traumatic Brain Injury and the Neuropsychological Evaluation
Nancy Minniti, PsyD, ABPP

Basic OEM


Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing Part I
Laura Dinsmore, MS, MA  and Mim Senft

Jill Angelo, Christine David, Joanne Livote 



3:00 - 4:00 pm



Common Hand Problems
Wendell Bristol, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Basic OEM


Evaluation of the Late Career Practitioner
Howard Rudnick, MD, MHA, FACP



Vaulting Gender Gap Hurdles: Women and Wellbeing Part II
Laura Dinsmore, MS, MA  and Mim Senft

Jill Angelo, Christine David, Joanne Livote 


4:00 - 4:15 pm


4:15 - 5:15 pm



Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Workplace Wellness
Gregg Nicandri, MD

Basic OEM



Innovations in Telehealth: Moving Beyond Triage
Brittany Busse, MD

Basic OEM

5:15 - 6:15 pm


Second Victim Syndrome
Utsha Khatri, MD

South America Room 


6:15 - 8:00 pm


Australia Lounge


The International House
Philadelphia, PA

7:00 - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:00 - 9:00 am

ACOEM Update: Current Trends in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Steve Frangos, MD, MPH, FACOEM and Bill Bruce, MBA, CAE

9:00 - 10:00 am

GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (not available for download)
Angela Duckworth, PhD 


10:00 - 11:00 am

Commercial Driver Medical Examination (DOT) Update
Natalie Hartenbaum, MD 

Basic OEM

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Break for Component Business Meetings

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Public Safety Medicine
Fabrice Czarnecki,  MD, MPH, MA, FACOEM

EM, Basic OEM 

1:00 - 1:30 pm 

Wrap Up and Action Items for 2020 
Jeffrey Jacobs, MD

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Please contact Keith Choi at if you have any questions about registration.