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William Wong, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM

Presidentā€™s Insights

By William Wong, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM

Greetings CSOEMA Members and Friends! Summer is here! Although springtime is the season typically associated with renewal, I think there is no better time like now to consider renewal as we continue adapting to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of our renewal, we aim this year to enhance our activities around member engagement to create opportunities for all members to stay connected with CSOEMA and aware of current happenings in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This inaugural issue of the CSOEMA Connection launches the e-newsletter platform that will deliver quarterly information covering the issues, work and events in the OEM field in the Central States region and beyond.

We congratulate fellow CSOEMA member and esteemed colleague, Douglas W. Martin, MD, FACOEM, FAADEP, FAAFP, who was installed as President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) at the 106th annual membership meeting held during the Collegeā€™s 2022 American Occupational Health Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in May 2022. We look forward to Dr. Martinā€™s outstanding leadership of ACOEM and his continued representation of Central States OEM..

The CSOEMA Fall Seminar this year will be held in St. Louis, Missouri as a hybrid (live and on-line) event to keep our members informed by providing education and camaraderie. Fall Seminar Co-Chairs Tom Kibby, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Austin Stapleton, MD, MPH; and Paul Malek, MD, MPH have been hard at work organizing the seminar speakers and program for the upcoming fall conference. Among the state-of-the art sessions planned include: Update on COVID-19; Mental Health of Healthcare Workers During the Pandemic; Health Equity: The Impact of Where We Live, Work & Play; Nurse Practitioners in Occupational Medicine; and so much more. Registration is now open and I encourage you to register for the conference and reserve your hotel room early. I look forward to seeing you there.

Your membership matters, and CSOEMA continues to be your voice and your Midwest component of ACOEM focused on promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research and education. If you have any particular OEM interests that you would like to share, or if you are looking to become further involved in CSOEMA activities, we want to hear from you. I am very proud of our enthusiastic committee chairs and members who work tirelessly to serve our colleagues in the profession, promote the organization, and contribute to the broader community of occupational and environmental medicine.

I look forward to connecting with you again at the next CSOEMA or ACOEM event. Stay Safe and Enjoy the Summer!

Around the States





OEM Clinical Practice Highlights

Member Spotlight

We congratulate CSOEMA Member Jon R. Jacobson, DO, MPH, FACOEM who was inducted as ACOEM Fellow at AOHC 2022. ACOEM Fellowship, as designated by the FACOEM title, is ACOEMā€™s highest acknowledgment that recognizes years of dedication to exceptional education, leadership, and commitment to the specialty. Learn more about eligibility requirements to become a FACOEM physician member. Applications for the Class of 2023 are now being accepted.

Upcoming Events

ACOEM Virtual Career FairVirtual
Register Here 
Sept 15, 2022
5-8 PM EST
CSOEMA 2022 Fall SeminarSt. Louis, MO
Register Here
Sept 23-24, 2022

CSOEMA 2023 Spring Seminar
Lisle, ILMarch 10-11, 2023

AOHC 2023
Philadelphia, PAApril 16-19, 2023
CSOEMA 2023 Fall Seminar
Minneapolis, MN
TBA – September 2023

Seeking Volunteers

As our regional component professional organization, CSOEMA operates through the support of members who contribute their time and leadership to make the organization successful. We are always seeking members to serve as Conference Co-Chairs, Board of Governors, and other committee members. Your participation lends your voice to the organization and gives back to the field of Occupational Medicine. Interested? Let us know by sending an email to [email protected].

Support the CSOEMA Foundation

Don’t forget to support the CSOEMA Foundation by making a charitable donation. Donations made are tax-deductible and support the ongoing work of CSOEMA. Also, choose the Foundation as your charity through AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you. AmazonSmile is a great way to take advantage of a service you’re using anyways.

Residents Corner

Congratulations to the 2022 graduates of the HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

Call for Newsletter Contributions

This newsletter is the collaborative effort of CSOEMA members. It is a way for us to celebrate our members’ work, engage in discussion about important issues, and share information to support our mission. Allow your voice to be heard by contributing to this newsletter. If you have ideas for themes of future newsletter issues, have a tip for us about something (or someone) to feature, or just to let us know how we are doing, please reach out. Please send any contributions, questions or comments to Susan Rittenhouse at [email protected].