American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

Overview

Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society 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 ( CSOEMA being the oldest ) in the United States and Canada, whose members hold scientific meetings and network on a regular basis. ACOEM sponsors the annual American Occupational Health Conference, the nation’s largest conference of its kind, each spring.

The College also conducts continuing education courses including Foundations in Occupational Medicine, Occupational Medicine Board Review and Impairment and Disability Evaluation, and offers training for MRO Drug/Alcohol Testing and Commercial Driver Medical Examiners. In 1997, ACOEM introduced the Corporate Health Achievement Award to recognize the finest health programs in North American companies.

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/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 health care reform have focused and mandated the need for trained occupational and environmental medical specialists.

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Vision/Mission Statement

ACOEM Vision:
ACOEM is the pre-eminent organization of physicians who champion the health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.

ACOEM Mission:
ACOEM provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments by:

  • 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 Mission
Occupational and environmental medicine 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 5,000 occupational physicians, provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.

Approved October 1996, ACOEM Board of Directors (Re-affirmed July 2005 / Revised September 2007).

Component Societies

Component Date Established

Central States Occupational and Environmental Medical Association
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Tuesday, May 18, 1937

Florida Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Tuesday, February 04, 1964

Georgia Component of the American College of Occupational. . .
Wednesday, August 29, 1962

Great Plains College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Tuesday, October 06, 1964

Gulf Occupational and Environmental Medicine Group (GOEMG)
Thursday, September 09, 1999

Kentucky Occupational and Environmental Medical Association
Wednesday, February 10, 1960

Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicinea
Sunday, March 17, 1963

Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Saturday, April 11, 1964

Michigan Occupational and Environmental Medical Association
Saturday, July 01, 1939

Mid South Occupational and Environmental Medical Association
Thursday, May 31, 1962

New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Monday, September 09, 1940

New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association
Monday, May 06, 1935

Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Saturday, January 21, 1956

Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of New Jersey
Wednesday, October 26, 1938

Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Wednesday, February 04, 1976

Ontario Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Friday, June 01, 1990

Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society
Tuesday, April 25, 1950

Puerto Rico Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association
Saturday, September 16, 1961

Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Monday, October 10, 1960

Southeastern Atlantic College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Tuesday, February 06, 1962

Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Tuesday, February 05, 1963

Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Tuesday, April 24, 1956

Tri-State Occupational Medical Association
Sunday, October 17, 1954

Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association
Friday, September 09, 1955

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