Trends in Occupational Health Meeting

January 25, 2017

Our next Trends in Occupational Health meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th, 2017. The details of the meeting are as follows:

Presenter: Michelle Robertson, PhD, CPE, FIEA, FHFES

Topic: Intervention Research: A Systems Approach

Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch at 12. The MediaSite broadcast begins at 11:55.

Location: UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room, S2010

Learning objectives of this discussion:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding for the importance of using a systems approach when designing, implementing and evaluating workplace interventions.
  2. Enhance their appreciation for integrating safety and ergonomics programs utilizing participatory approaches to improve employees’ well-being and performance.
  3. Obtain a richer perspective regarding new ways of working in office and computer work environments.

Lunch will be provided. Hope to see everyone there! Please RSVP with Lisa Rusch at to ensure we have enough food for everyone. However, we always welcome last minute attendees. The more the merrier!

The lecture will also be streamed using MediaSite. If you can not make it in person, you can view the presentation here. Dr. Michelle Robertson presentation.


December 12, 2016

Martin Cherniack, MD, MPH, received the Joseph E. Wagoner Award from the American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).  April, 28, 2017.

As many of you know, Marc Croteau, MD, MPH will be retiring on June 30, 2017. Dr. Croteau has been a fixture in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for the past 15 years, initially as an occupational medicine fellow and faculty member, and then returning to direct the Clinic and the Employee Health Service.

In addition to his supervisory role, Dr. Croteau has maintained the standards of the occupational medicine diagnostic practice and has made exceptional efforts as a medical educator, working with students and residents. He has maintained the collegiality, attention to patient needs, and cooperative good will that has been the hallmark of our clinical programs.

We wish him well as he begins his retirement and expect to see him back as a guest and participant in the educational and outreach activities of the Division.


September 13, 2016

The Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine offers a monthly colloquium series on an aspect of Occupational or Environmental Medicine. We bring in speakers on the first Monday of each month to lecture from noon to 1:30.  These events are CME events, so your physical attendance and participation will qualify you for the CME credits.

If you can not make it to UConn Health to attend the lecture in person, we do broadcast it using Occupational Medicine Colloquium Archives. You can find an archive of some of our previous speakers there.

Our next lecture will take place on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017,  in the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion 2d floor East conference room.  The lecture will start at noon, but refreshments will be provided before the lecture starts.  It will run to approximately 1:30 pm to allow for time to discussion and questions after the presentation.  Information on this lecture is below.

Speakers: Kwame Asante, M.D. – Hartford Hospital

Topic: “Management of return to work after a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury”

MediaSite Link: Dr. Asante Presentation

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Miriam Muniz at



Michael Erdil, M.D. FACOEM gave a presentation at UConn Health Medicine Grand Rounds with Dominic Lorusso, Director of Health Partnerships Consumer Reports and Choosing Wisely, to present “Helping Patients Make Better Informed Medical Decisions using Shared Decision Making and High Quality Health Education”. Resources Including Choosing Wisely and Consumer Report Health, May 18, 2017.

Paula Schenck gave a workshop at the Northeast Indoor Air Quality and Energy Conference on May 3 in Portland Maine The workshop reviewed the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2016 report The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. The session discussed how environment affects human health and how uncertainty around climate change and health is addressed in the report. Indoor exposures and health consequences emphasized in the workshop included: mold and bioaerosols exposures from expected severe wet weather, increasing heat, and mental stress.