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Medical Review Officer Online Course with Live Discussion - Includes Print and Digital Syllabus
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Registration Rates with printed copy and downloadable syllabus:
ACOEM Member rate: $995
ACOEM Student/Resident/Retired Member: $645
Non-Member rate: $1,195
Course Description: The need for trained medical review officers (MROs) to evaluate drug and alcohol test results is enormous, and it is estimated that more than 20 million Americans are covered by programs requiring testing. Physicians in many specialties conduct drug and alcohol tests for business, industry, government agencies, and schools. The Drug-Free Workplace Act affects all federal agencies, and mandatory alcohol and drug testing is now required of all intrastate truckers, commercial driver’s license holders, pilots, and other transportation workers.
ACOEM’s MRO Online course is a 24/7 on-demand course that consists of 30 recorded modules, 90 self-assessment questions, a syllabus, syllabus supplement and a resource guide. Taking the course qualifies you to sit for the MRO certification exam required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and many private companies doing drug and alcohol testing (e.g., more than 60 percent of large private employers require drug and alcohol testing). Additionally, in joint government agreements, the United States, Canada, and Mexico also monitor truckers crossing international borders.
More than 16,000 physicians have completed ACOEM’s highly acclaimed training and ACOEM has been the educational provider of choice for MROs since 1990.
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:
• Develop effective urine collection and breath alcohol testing programs
• Implement DOT regulations for motor carrier, railroad, mass transit and other transportation modes
• Perform MRO duties, including verification interviews with individuals whose laboratory drug tests are positive, adulterated, substituted or invalid
• Recognize the physiological effects and clinical signs of commonly misused drugs and their withdrawal syndromes
• Monitor forensic laboratory testing and quality assurance efforts
• Review federal custody and control forms to identify correctible and fatal flaws
• Implement testing of alternatives to urine, i.e., oral fluids and hair specimens
Who Should Attend?
You should attend this course if you are:
• A physician seeking to update or enhance knowledge of drug and alcohol testing and/or perform as an MRO
• A physician preparing to take the Medical Review Officer Certification Council’s (MROCC) initial certification or recertification examinations and needing to meet the MROCC’s CME eligibility requirement
• A physician or other health care professional interested in interpreting federal regulations governing truckers, pilots, other Department of Transportation workers, federal contractors, and workers in the energy industry.
• A physician or other health care professional interested in developing or improving skills in conducting drug screening of urine, oral fluid, hair and breath alcohol testing, evaluating results, addressing job safety and return-to-work issues.
Kent W. Peterson, MD, MRO, FACOEM
• Course Director and CMO of Examinetics. Dr. Peterson has served as ACOEM president and directed ACOEM’s MRO courses since their inception.
Michael A. Peat, PhD
• Senior consulting forensic toxicologist and editor Journal of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Peat has managed many drug testing and clinical laboratories. .
Donna R. Smith, EdD, PhD
• Senior substance abuse management consultant. Dr. Smith was formerly Director of Drug Enforcement Programs and Compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Registration and Course Availability
Registration for the MRO Online course is now open. You will be able to access online recordings of 30 MRO course lessons presented by Drs. Peterson, Peat and Smith. The recordings will be available any day and any time, for your convenience.
MRO Faculty Availability for Q&A and Discussion
In addition to the on-demand content, MRO faculty will be available during scheduled live one-hour sessions to review what you have studied, answer your questions, help you complete the course, and assist you in preparing for the MRO Certification exam. Dates are to be determined and will be emailed to all registrants at least two weeks in advance. Faculty will also answer written questions submitted by students to ACOEM.
The course syllabus, a supplement to the syllabus, and a resource guide will be available for download. The option of purchasing a hard copy of the syllabus is available during registration.
ACOEM’s MRO Online course fully meets both the DOT’s and DHHS’s MRO Qualification Training requirements.
This course is accepted by the MROCC as meeting educational requirements for taking the MRO Certification exam required by the DOT and DHHS for federally regulated MRO drug testing. Completion of this course will allow physicians with active medical licensure to sit for the MROCC MRO qualifying examination.
Who can I contact about the MRO Exam?
To register for the MRO exam, contact MROCC at 847.631.0599 or
Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
ACCME designates this Other activity (a hybrid of enduring material and live activity) for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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