Founded in 1916, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (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 and allied health professionals 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, 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.


ACOEM publishes the monthly Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), ACOEM E-News, MRO Update newsletter, and CDME Review newsletter. ACOEM also publishes the online Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs), and the Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines.

The College periodically issues position papers that provide guidance for a variety of workplace/environmental settings. These documents cover topics such as spirometry, noise-induced hearing loss, obesity, 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.

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