Comprehensive MRO (Medical Review Officer)

MRO Course Dates:
December 6-8, 2013 | Hyatt Regency Crystal City | Arlington, VA

MROCC Examination Date:
December 8, 2013 – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


(Follows ASAM Course – MROCC Sign-Up Required)

Toxicology Testing and the Physician's Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse

Testing for substances of abuse, both alcohol and drugs, is now the rule rather than the exception in settings as diverse as the workplace, the doctor’s office, and the school your child attends. More than 20 million forensic drug test specimens are processed by certified laboratories every year, and the results of these laboratory tests are reviewed and interpreted by more than 6,000 physicians acting as MROs.

Drug testing is not only a tool in the doctor’s bag for addiction medicine specialists; this tool should also be in the bag of every physician involved in direct patient care. Proper interpretation of drug test results can help knowledgeable physicians diagnose, treat, and monitor the recovery of their patients. This course provides the basis for the understanding and interpretation of the tool of drug testing. Whether a physician is certified in addiction medicine or in another medical specialty there is no more important and potentially life changing role a physician can play than the properly performed role of an MRO.

MRO is a complex and rapidly evolving area thanks to technical advances, regulatory changes, new patterns of abuse, and the huge bank of knowledge gained from past years of experience. Staying up-to-date is a basic requirement for MROs as it is for all physicians. Additionally, federal regulations require MRO qualification and re-qualification training followed by certification and re-certification by a nationally recognized MRO Certification board every 5 years.

ASAM’s Comprehensive MRO Course works in tandem with the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) to offer MROCC Certification and Re-certification Examinations. This assists physicians already involved in MRO practice as well as those new to the field to maintain the highest standards of knowledge, practice, certification, and compliance. For the convenience of course participants, ASAM and MROCC have coordinated their schedules to offer consecutive training and examination at selected locations.


Who Should Attend

  • A physician seeking to update or enhance knowledge of drug testing and/or perform as an MRO
  • A non-physician, health care professional or program manager interested in developing or improving skills in conducting alcohol and urine drug screening, evaluating results, addressing job safety and return-to-work issues, and interpreting federal regulations governing truckers, pilots, other Department of Transportation works, federal contractors, and workers in the energy industry
  • An addiction medicine professional or other caregiver seeking knowledge of forensic drug testing and how it can benefit your practice
  • A physician preparing to take the Medical Review Officer Certification Council’s (MROCC) initial certification or re-certification examinations and needing to meet the MROCC’s CME eligibility requirement
  • A physician serving in roles as a Corporate Medical Director and/or Occupational Health Director

Goals & Objectives

The course has been designed to present the most up-to-date scientific information, guidelines, and practical tips for MROs. Through a highly interactive mix of lectures and panel discussions, participants will have an opportunity to interact with experts in the field.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

* Identify the relevance of forensic drug testing to the larger issues of addiction and relapse in the workplace and beyond.
* Understand and properly perform the review of positive, invalid, adulterated, and substituted specimen results including the management of split specimen testing.
* Understand current issues relevant to alcohol testing.
* Discuss management of actual cases and learn how to respond to common questions from donors, employers, patients, and caregivers.
* Discuss the latest information about point of collection testing and the testing of hair, oral fluids, and sweat.
* Be knowledgeable about SAMHSA Guidelines and DOT Regulations.
* Be aware of and have a basic familiarity with the larger world of non-DOT drug testing.
* Be aware of new patterns of abuse, new drugs of abuse and testing issues related to them
* Understand the differences between drug testing programs, fit-for-duty programs, and monitoring programs.