March 2015 Newsletter

March 2, 2015
Inside this Issue:
Upcoming Talks
Clinic & Services
The Occ Med/EHS has moved to its new location. We are now located in the new Outpatient Pavilion, on
the UCONN Health Campus.
OccMed/EHS clinic is located on the 2nd floor and the Academic Offices are located on the 7th floor.
The next CICATS OSH CIG Trends in Occupational Health meeting will be held on Wednesday,
March 25th from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Location: Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd floor, Large Conference
This month’s topic will be Indoor Health. To RSVP, please email Jennifer Garza ([email protected])
or Mazen El Ghaziri ([email protected]).
Save the date!
The semi-annual UMass Lowell/UConn Sturbridge Research Retreat will be held on Thursday May
21, 2015. Details to follow.
Our next invited guest speaker for our Colloquium series is: Robert Swotinsky, M.D., MPH
Robert Swotinsky, MD, MPH, is a Board Certified occupational medicine physician, certified MRO
and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and a workplace drug testing expert from Sudbury MA.
Dr. Swotinsky is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts after practicing clinical medicine at
Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, Mass., where he chaired their occupational health department
for 11 years. He is currently in consulting practice with a mix of clinical and administrative roles.
Dr. Swotinsky was appointed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) and Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) to committees
to refine and develop workplace drug testing procedures and the commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
examination process. He served on FMCSA's Schedule II Medications Panel (2006), and FMCSA's
Office of Medical Programs Work Group (2009 - 2010). Dr. Swotinsky is on the Medical Review
Officer Certification Council's Examination Development Committee and also serves on the faculty
for ACOEM's MRO training courses. Dr. Swotinsky has lectured and written widely about workplace
drug testing, is the author of The Medical Review Officer's Manual and co-editor of the ACOEM MRO
He will be presenting a seminar on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm;
Title of Talk: MRO (Medical Review Officer) without a net. Uncertainties in MRO practices
regarding prescription medications.
Location: The Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd floor, Large Conference Room.
Lunch is provided, sponsored by CICATS and the Occupational Health and Safety Core
Interest Group; to RSVP please email Miriam at [email protected]
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Drs. Fitzpatrick and Erdil presented at Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, in the
Primary Care Educational Series on Disability Assessments at St. Francis Hospital. Hartford CT., on
Feb 25, 2015.
No Updates
***Next DOEM Newsletter will be distributed April 3, 2015***