In 1988, I began an internal medicine practice after completing my residency. A part-time job opportunity at GE Plastics in Pittsfield, MA presented itself — my first day as an occupational physician was earth shattering! I had no idea what OM was & realized I needed a good resource. Then I discovered ACOEM’s website. Through intro courses & collegial relationships formed via ACOEM & my regional component, my career took a positive turn allowing me to launch my 25 year career in occ med. The introduction of the MPH program through ACOEM led to my board certification in OM, & in 1995 I ended my internal medicine practice to pursue OM full-time — the best decision I have ever made both for myself & my family as it allowed for more involvement in my children’s activities & a successful career.
In return for the guidance & support provided by ACOEM, I feel obliged to give back to the organization. I am actively involved in a leadership role & have mentored many young physicians. A professional organization should provide a foundation & resources for its members, & the members should energize the organization with their talents & energy. After all, we the members are ACOEM!