Dear MOEMA Members,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as 2017-2018 MOEMA President. I am proud to
represent such an exceptional organization. MOEMA is a small but active component of the
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, whose history dates to
1925. Our members are leaders in all parts of Michigan occupational medicine from the auto
plants to the hospital-based occupational medicine clinics and state legislative work groups.
The voice of MOEMA is heard in both the ACOEM House of Delegates and Board of
Delegates. The continuing support of the MOEMA Board keeps our group fresh and relevant.
Our members are active participants and leaders Occupational Health nationwide. In
October 2017, we held our Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) at the Michigan Occupational
Health conference (MOHC) at the Bay Harbor Village Hotel and Conference Center in the
Petoskey area. The attendance and the evaluations reflected the continuing enthusiasm and
support MOEMA has for the ASM. In March 2018, Dr. Bender was invited to discuss
screening at the Teeter Bladder Cancer Symposium at University of Michigan. In April 2018,
MOEMA members attended the American Occupational Health Conference and assumed
leadership roles. Dr. Darryl Lesoski, became the Speaker of the House of Delegates for
2018-2019 and joined the Executive Committee. MOEMA board members, Dr. Anh Tran
and Dr. Thomas Bender, were elevated to fellowship status. I and other MOEMA members
were privileged to participate in section leadership meetings and committee activities. Last
month, I represented MOEMA at the Michigan Osteopathic Association and spoke about the
opioid epidemic in Michigan. Dr. Kenneth Rosenman continues his NIOSH sponsored
research program to introduce medical students to the best kept secret in medicine -
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In addition to the adult vaccination awareness
project, Dr. Marc Upfal continues his fight to update the MIOSHA lead standard. Dr. George
Metropoulos and Dr. Peter Metropoulos chair committees in the Michigan State Medical
Society and the State of Michigan. These are just a few of the activities our members have
participated in over the last year. Our dedication to the health and safely of workers, their
families and communities continues to make an impact nationwide.
The ASM at the MOHC will be a joint meeting with MOEMA and Michigan Association of
Occupational Health Nurses held on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at
the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our conference coincides with
ArtPrize®, one of the most well attended outdoor public art events in the world. We are
excited about our offerings this year. On the afternoon of Thursday, September 27, Dr. Yusef
Sayeed will give a pre-course on using ultrasound for Occupational Medicine conditions.
This year’s program also includes the internationally recognized speakers such as Dr. Kent
Peterson and Dr. Ted Emmett. Topics include Asbestosis, MRO and CDME updates, and
Pain Management. Please save the date. The final brochure is coming soon.
I am grateful for MOEMA’s members and Board for your continuing support. I encourage all
members to become more involved and look forward to reconnecting with friends and
colleagues. I hope to see you in Grand Rapids in September in the Fall.
Melissa A. Broadman, DO, MPH, FACOI, FACOEM, CME, MRO
MOEMA President 2017 - 2018