Dear MOEMA members:
Happy 2020. I want to take a moment to thank all of you that strive to improve the health,
safety, and wellness of the Occupational Medicine population. We truly do make a
difference many of you can tell by the impact we make across the state.
We enter the new decade with opportunities and challenges. I would like to encourage
more member participation in committees and boards. I am pleased that we have been
able to reactivate the Educational Committee who has done a fantastic job of putting
together our conference for 2020. For those of you thinking about contributing, please
reach out to me or any board member. We would love to hear from you.
As I have mentioned before, an incalculable benefit is belonging to and networking with
your peers. We all benefit from our collective expertise and experience. Service to the
specialty remains important. We need advocates to help keep Occupational Medicine
moving forward. Our specialty is more relevant than ever with novel pathogen
emergence, PFAS, and other environmental contaminants infiltrating our food and water
supply, and the ever-ongoing changes to the work place.
The board would like to see more of our members eligible for the title of Fellow of the
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. To that end, service
with MOEMA will help satisfy the requirement to provide service to the specialty.
As I mentioned earlier, our conference this year promises to be a good one with a variety
of topics and speakers to benefit the practicing occupational clinician. For those of you
with friends and colleagues that may do some occupational medicine in their primary
care, please encourage them to come. Our conference is not limited just to MOEMA
members. Topics this year under consideration include marijuana in the workplace,
FMCSA Clearinghouse update, Pain management to satisfy physician licensing
requirements, Food and Medicine, Emerging Pathogens, and many more. It will be held
at the Midland Country Club with rooms at the H Hotel on 9 and 10 October of 2020.
Finally, I will be at AOHC this year presenting as faculty. Many of our board members will
be there as well. If you are in Washington DC this spring, please find us and introduce
yourself. You can also reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support of MOEMA and Occupational Medicine!
Michael M. Berneking, MD
MOEMA President 2019 - 2020