Registration is now open for ECHO Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ECHO OEM) Cycle 1.
September 17, 2021 to December 3, 2021
Date and time:
Fridays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
At the end of this program, health-care providers will be able to:
- recognize work-related or environmental conditions
- support patients to manage injuries and illnesses that affect return to work/stay at work to improve workability
- communicate effectively with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to improve access to care and a safe return to work/stay at work
- collaborate effectively with workplace and allied health professionals to improve access to care and a safe return to work/stay at work
Cycle 1 schedule
Each session features a patient case presentation and discussion followed by a didactic presentation listed below.
|Overview of occupational and environmental medicine
Learn about the roles and functions of an occupational physician and occupational health teams, the common categories of occupational medical conditions and the relationship between the occupational and environmental aspects of OEM.
|Engaging with the WSIB/insurance systems 1
Learn what the WSIB is and how it functions, the role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system, and how to effectively complete Form 8s for your patients
|Diagnosis and management of work-related injuries and illnesses
Learn how to evaluate a patient for a suspected occupational or environmental illness or injury and outline a return-to-work plan.
|Return to work and disability management
Learn about the role of allied health practitioners in return to work and disability management, key principles for successful return to work and identifying resources for suitable workplace accommodations.
|Mental health and work 1
Learn how employers and healthcare providers can work collaboratively to support and facilitate return to work in an individual with a mental health condition, the organizational factors required to provide a healthy work environment, and how stigma impacts the ability to obtain appropriate healthcare services.
|Mental health and work 2
Learn the difference between mental stress and illness, presentations and impact of mental illness in the workplace, and how to develop an approach to case management of mental health claims.
|Recognizing occupational and environmental hazards
Learn common types of occupational hazards, questions that can help you understand a worker’s occupational exposures and exposure limits that may apply to an individual worker's job.
|Assessment of fitness for work
Learn about the concept of “workability”, how to apply functional principles to facilitate “workability”, the types of barriers to return to work and the physician's role in helping to overcome them.
|Engaging with the WSIB/insurance systems 2
Learn about health-care programs offered by the WSIB and how the return-to-work services work, how primary care providers are integrated into the continuum of care in WSIB programs, and how to interact with WSIB programs
|Musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain among working patients
Learn about an approach to examining a person with a musculoskeletal condition, treatments for low-back pain and indications of opioids for nociceptive, neuropathic and nociplastic chronic pain.
|Engaging with relevant workplace parties|
|Ethics and legal issues in occupational medicine|
Most of the learning in ECHO happens through presenting and discussing case presentations. If you have a case you would like to present, please submit a completed case presentation form to the ECHO OEM project coordinator or contact us at email@example.com.
Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing codes K707 or K701).