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Medical News & Perspectives
January 6, 1999

Pioneers in Providing a Competency Inventory

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JAMA. 1999;281(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.24-JMN0106-4-1

To help its specialist-generalist members define their ability to deal with such diverse problems as myofascial pain syndrome, hearing conservation, detecting deception, courtroom testimony, upper extremity ergonomics, travel medicine, air pollution and health, low back pain, reducing worker's compensation costs, and the challenges of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has created an inventory of competencies in 12 categories (and 14 subcategories) of occupational medicine. Different OEM physicians vary widely in the nature of their practices and practice settings.

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