ODOC Series

Welcome to the UW Occupational Diseases Online Courses (ODOC)

 

General Information on the ODOC Series

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ODOC Series Description

This mixed-media online series serves as an introduction to a variety of important occupational diseases. Each 80-100 minute course is offered free of charge, and is designed to give clinical practitioners and public health professionals a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of a common occupational disease. 

In each self-paced course, practitioners work through clinical cases and public health scenarios, describing both patient and workplace management for the disease at hand. 

To promote integration of concepts, video and other interactive multimedia content are offered, along with periodic knowledge checks, to self-assess your learning. This series is designed to ensure that, upon completion of the individual units, students can effectively apply evidence-based principles to their practice.

Additionally, each unit will offer a UW certificate of completion and the ability to qualify for accredited Continuing Education hours for nurses, physicians, and other health care and public health providers from our joint providership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Occupational Diseases Topics Offered in the ODOC Series will Include:

Coming Soon

  • Compressive Neuropathy: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Occupational Asthma

  • Occupational Dermatitis

 


 

Registration

To register for a course, click on the thumbnail below. All courses in this series are complimentary. 

 

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss - Now Available!

 

Compressive Neuropathy: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

 

Occupational Asthma 

 

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Occupational Dermatitis

 

 


 

Series Learning Objectives

The overall objectives of our Occupational Disease Online Series are for students to be able to:

  • Recognize and describe at least three aspects of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of each occupational and environmental disease topic.
  • Identify at least four potential relationships between various exposures and symptoms in workers, working populations, and communities.

  • Select appropriate initial diagnostic tests to evaluate symptoms in potentially exposed individuals.

  • Describe two ways that multi-disciplinary teams can manage and prevent occupational diseases at the population level using such approaches as hazard evaluation, disease surveillance.

  • For each occupational disease topic, discuss the differential diagnoses for patients with symptoms potentially related to occupational and environmental exposures.

  • List three ways to manage workers with each particular occupational or environmental disease, including the selection of appropriate treatments and referrals, incorporating best practices from medical guidelines.

* Objectives are mapped to relevant Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestones

 

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Instructors & Content Experts

 

June Spector, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor
Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences,
and Medicine
University of Washington
206-894-1979
spectj@uw.edu

Dr. Spector received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 2005 and completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Following an MPH in biostatistics and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins and occupational & environmental medicine fellowship training and postdoctoral research training at the University of Washington, Dr. Spector joined the faculty in the Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Medicine in 2012. She is the current Director of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington.

 

Esi W. Nkyekyer, MD, MPH, Acting Assistant Professor
Medical Director of OEM Clinical Programs
Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences,
and Medicine
University of Washington | Harborview Medical Center
206-744-9377
esink@uw.edu

Dr. Nkyekyer received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 2010 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in 2013. She practiced Primary Care for 2 years before completing fellowship training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and an MPH in the Department of Environmental and Occupational health Sciences and at the University of Washington. Dr. Nkyekyer joined the faculty in the Departments of Medicine, and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Medicine in 2017. She is the current Medical Director of the UW Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinical Service Program.

 

Nancy Simcox, MS (Industrial Hygiene), Director
Continuing Education Programs
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS)
and the Northwest Center for Occuaptional Health & Safety
University of Washington
206-221-7107
nsimcox@uw.edu

Nancy Simcox, MS, is a Lecturer and the Director of the Continuing Education Programs for the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. She develops and delivers research-based education programs for practicing professionals, including industrial hygienists, physicians, nurses, safety engineers and others in the environmental, health and safety field. Ms. Simcox has over 25 years of experience as a research industrial hygienist at both the UW Field Research and Consultation Group and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health, where she conducted workplace site visits; designed exposure assessment protocols for evaluation, intervention and research; and performed data reduction and statistical analysis for health-based research projects.

 

Course Planning and Development

Rick Morgan, MS, Instructional Design Consultant
University of Washington
Senior Product Development Scientist
Modumetal, LLC

Julie Nanavati, MLS, MS, Instructional Designer
University of Washington

Jenny Tsai, PhD, ARNP, Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Department of Child, Family and Population Health Nursing
University of Washington 

Sarah Wolz, MS (Industrial Hygiene)
Continuing Education Programs, DEOHS
University of Washington

Rebecca Yost, Marketing Manager
Continuing Education Programs, DEOHS
University of Washington

 

 

 

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Course Format

For each course, diseases will be introduced using public health scenarios and clinical cases. Guest experts supplement each unit with additional video-recorded lecture materials.

The general format of each 80-100 min unit consists of:

1. Introduction to the case study

2. Background & Epidemiology mini-lecture (7-10 min)

a. Knowledge check

3. Pathophysiology mini-lecture (7-10 min)

a. Knowledge check

4. Diagnosis & Management mini-lecture (7-10 min)

a. Knowledge check

5. Guest Lecture (~20 min)

a. Knowledge check

6. Case Review

a. Patient Management
b. Workplace Management
c. Knowledge check

7. Summary

8. Final graded quiz

9. Evaluation

10. Links to print certificate of completion and/or CDC online continuing education website for CME/CNE/CPH.

 

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Continuing Education

CME activities with Joint Providers: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Sciences, University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the (ACCME®) to provide medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.5 contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEU's for this program.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, our content experts and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters with the exception of Dr. Mary M. McDaniel, Au.D., and she wishes to disclose that she is the Founder and CEO of Pacific Hearing Conservation, Inc. The planning committee reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Sciences, University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

 

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