The (ACOEM) is the preeminent organization of physicians who champion the health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.
ACOEM provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments by doing the following:
- Educating health professionals and the public
- Stimulating research
- Enhancing the quality of practice
- Guiding workplace and public policy
- Advancing the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM)
OEM is the medicine 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.
ACOEM, an international society of more than 4,500 occupational physicians, provides leadership to promote the optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.
ACOEM represents more than 4,500 physicians and other healthcare professionals specializing in the field of OEM.
Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the largest medical society in the Nation dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. A dynamic group of physicians encompassing specialists in a variety of medical practices is united via the College to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine both within and outside of the workplace. While national in scope, the College is composed of local component societies in the United States and Canada.
Health Professional Education, Worksite Health Promotion, Legislation ACOEM Advocacy
- ACOEM Files Comments with Food and Drug Administration Regarding Opioid Education for Prescribers (NEW)
- ACOEM and International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions Express Concern to Workers’ Comp Officials Regarding Opioid Abuse
- Working Relations With Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Related to Occupational Medicine Issues
- Council on Public Affairs Update
- Public Policy Recordings
- Public Comments
- Advocacy Center
Sectional Educational Resources
- Web Conference on Who Survives? How Benefit Costs Are Killing Your Company
- Web Conference on Holistic Approach to Controlling Opioid Abuse in Workers’ Compensation
- Web Conference on Federal Employees’ Compensation Act
- Free Continuing Medical Education (CME)
- MOC Part IV: What Re-certifying American Board of Preventive Medicine Diplomates Need To Know
- Point of Care Learning
- Webinars/Distance Learning
Component society members hold scientific meetings and network on a regular basis. ACOEM sponsors the annual American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), the largest conference in the Nation of its kind. Each spring, component societies have regional/national meetings.
Distance Learning/Online Opportunities
ACOEM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor CME for physicians. The following programs offer CME and detailed information may be found in each of the specific programs.
- Audio Training – Podcast
- OEM Practice Settings and Career Opportunities
- American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) Annual Recording & CME/Maintenance of Certification – Even if one could not attend the yearly meeting, one can still participate in the AOHC recent meeting and earn up to 96 CME/MDO (MD Osteopathy) credits. In partnership with our recording company, Mobiltape, ACOEM is providing an online library of AOHC recent session recordings.
Other Distance-Learning Opportunities
- Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine/CME
- Commercial Drive Medical Examiner (CDME) Self-Assessment
- Past ACOEM Meetings/Mobiltape
ACOEM publishes the monthly Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; ACOEM E-News; MRO Update newsletter; CDME Review newsletter; and books, including the Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines.
The College periodically issues position papers and committee reports that set practice guidelines for a variety of workplace/environmental settings. These position papers and committee reports cover topics such as spirometry, mold, environmental tobacco smoke, noise-induced hearing loss, multiple chemical sensitivities, workplace drug screening, confidentiality of medical information, depression screening, and reproductive hazards. ACOEM has also established a Code of Ethical Conduct to guide occupational and environmental physicians.
ACOEM members are knowledgeable and capable of treating job-related diseases, recognizing and resolving workplace hazards, instituting rehabilitation methods, and providing well-managed care. The continual emergence of new chemicals, complex tools, manufacturing methodologies, pollution and environmental-impacting activities, and healthcare reform have focused and mandated the need for trained occupational and environmental medical specialists.
Bernard R. Blais, M.D., FACEM, FACS, FAAO
Blais Consulting, Ltd.
4 Innisbrook Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065