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Wednesday, September 10 • 10:10am - 12:10pm
10:10 am - 12:10 pm W005 The Art and Science of Writing Work Restrictions (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

Every specialty has its procedure that makes it unique. In occupational medicine, our special skill is in disability determination, and the product is an accurate, concise and clear work status report in the form of work restrictions. Yet, there is virtually no science behind the determination of what restrictions are appropriate for a certain worker. Each case stands on its own merits, but there are general principles that can be applied, which are then refined through experience. This presentation will explore some of those generally accepted principles and apply them to case studies in a participatory format.  Participants will engage in role-playing and other hands-on activities.



  1. Examine the existing literature supporting medical restrictions in the workplace.
  2. Apply principles of proper work restrictions to select cases.
  3. Demonstrate diversity in communicating the same work status.

avatar for William G Buchta, MD, MPH, FACOEM

William G Buchta, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Chief, Occupational Medicine Practic, Mayo Clinic
William G. Buchta has had his primary occupational medicine practice in medical center occupational health since 1992 and was Medical Director of the Occupational Health Service at Mayo Clinic Rochester for 11 years. He served as Chair of the ACOEM section of Medical Center Occupational Health for four years and is the current Chair of the ICOH scientific committee on Occupational Health for Healthcare Workers. Dr. Buchta also practices aerospace... Read More →

Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:10am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom B3 3/F

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