Online Medical & Health Symposium is a big success!

Virtual symposium breaks registration records

By John Annarino, Chief Medical and Health Officer  

Together, we did it. We appreciate the thousands of attendees who joined us worldwide for our first-ever virtual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium this past Thursday through Saturday.

By going virtual, registration increased by nearly five times our 2019 in-person symposium.

I am elated, what an incredible response! We are thrilled that more than 4,800 health care and legal professionals from 45 states and 11 countries registered to attend our three-day conference.

Continuing education

This year we had another first – we offered continuing education for 16 health care professions, an increase of six from 2019.  In addition, we continued offering continuing legal education for our inter-disciplinary conference. Experts worldwide are learning about our innovative approaches and programs in caring for Ohio’s workers. Here’s our symposium’s brochure, event guide, and blogs.

Our symposium also expanded by offering three educational tracks – the provider staff forum (Thursday morning), our first ever, vocational rehabilitation workshop (Thursday afternoon), and the provider clinical education (Friday and Saturday). Our medical and claims policy experts teamed up to present at our staff forum for medical staff members and administrators.  

Combat burn survivor SSG (Ret) Shilo Harris and his wife/caregiver Jamie PK shared their story of resilience and success after tragedy.

Governor Mike DeWine kicked off the symposium virtually each day welcoming our attendees and thanking them for their service to all Ohioans. Training Officer Amanda Tedrick emceed the event and introduced the speakers.

Saturday’s clinical education speakers included two physician brothers, Joseph Choo, M.D., and Michael Choo, M.D., who discussed COVID-19 clinical insights and updates. They reiterated that getting vaccinated will help Ohio reach herd immunity, which may decrease the prevalence of COVID-19 for all of us. They also noted the importance of continuing to wear our masks and practicing social distancing.

During our symposium breaks, attendees visited our exhibitors and viewed their videos, answered BWC trivia questions, and watched additional content information in short video segments. Some of them included Navigating our Provider Page, injured worker return-to-work stories, and Getting to Know our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bradley Lewis.

Interim Administrator/CEO John Logue closed the symposium each day with dialogue between the final session’s speakers and offered related information about BWC initiatives.

Thank you!

Along with our Chief of Medical Operations Debi Kroninger and other Medical and Health Division leaders and team members, I would like to offer a special thanks to our exceptional speakers, volunteers, and participants for assisting in this unique, multi-disciplinary event that we offer at no cost to attendees.

This will definitely have an impact on the ways our industry and providers take care of injured workers. I’m deeply proud of all involved.

2021 Medical & Health Symposium – Get informed and inspired!

Register now for our virtual event April 8-10

By Debi Kroninger, Chief of Medical Operations

Each year at the conclusion of our annual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium, I ask myself this question: How are we going to top this next year?

Without fail, I am floored every year by the impressive lineup of speakers who educate, inspire, and uplift our conference attendees and each other, including health care providers, attorneys, workers comp experts, and anyone else dedicated to improving the lives of injured workers.

I’m sure I’ll have that question again this year following our first-ever virtual Medical & Health Symposium April 8-10. COVID-19 precludes an in-person event this year, but my team worked hard to create a symposium that will be no less engaging or enlightening. Consider just a few of our topics and speakers:

  • The Neurobiology of Substance Use Disorder – Listen to Dr. Jon E. Sprague, the director of science and research for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. An Eminent Scholar at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Sprague will take a deep dive on drugs associated with substance use disorder.
  • When Life Blows Up: From Tragedy to Triumph – Overcoming tragedy and living a successful life after combat, burn survivor SSG (Ret) Shilo Harris and his wife/caregiver Jamie PK share their story of resilience and success after tragedy. They will share their story of successes and the many tools used to overcome extreme odds. Their goal is to share their outline of success for you to share with others and hopefully help them get back to living their lives.
  • From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery –This spellbinding presentation chronicles Tim Ryan’s journey through addiction and offers practical tools for prevention and recovery. Ryan will offer solutions that are non-opiate based for people struggling with substance use disorder and provide other methods and resources to get people on the road to recovery. He’ll be joined by his wife, actress Jennifer Gimenez-Ryan, who will share her personal and professional life story of addiction and recovery.

And more. Lots more, including clinical insights into COVID-19, preventing delayed recovery, violence in the workplace, and the power of human connection with bestselling author Jon Petz. After listening to Jon, you’ll appreciate the little moments that connect you with patients. You’ll leave with a different perspective on rendering care to injured workers.

In addition, we’re seeking continuing education for physicians, attorneys, psychologists, and many others.

All of this for the low, low price of FREE. Plus, you can enjoy it from the comfort and safety of your home or office.

In the end, you may not have the question that challenges me each year, but I’m confident you’ll feel uplifted and energized, leaving with this thought: This is why I do what I do.

For more information, including a full list of speakers, session topics, and registration information, be sure to check out the symposium’s website. You may also call our provider contact center at 1-800-644-6292, options 0-3-0, or email

Join us today! OSC17 and Medical & Health Symposium

Each year, thousands of attendees reap the benefits of the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo and 2017 is off to a great start with more than 8,000 pre-registered.

It was a busy first day at #OSC17! Eighty-five sessions were held and thousands visited the Expo Marketplace.

Speakers ranged from Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, who kicked off OSC at the opening session, to Kristen Kulinowski, Board Member of the US Chemical Safety Board presenting on the hidden hazards of hot work. In the afternoon general session, Dr. Dale Hall moved the audience to a standing ovation as he shared his inspiring personal story of paralysis and rehabilitation.

There’s a lot more in store for our record-breaking crowd with today’s kickoff of the second annual Medical & Health Symposium.

The symposium is geared toward health-care professionals and features nationally-renowned speakers from Ohio and around the United States with a focus on comprehensive care for injured workers.

See OSC17 and symposium schedules here, in the event guide or on the mobile app. Stay tuned to @OhioBWC on Twitter and keep an eye on hashtags #OSC17 and #BWCmhs for coverage.

Here’s a look back at some of yesterday’s activities in tweets.

OSC16 – A look back in photos

By Michelle Gatchell, External Communications

Thanks to everyone for coming to OSC16, WE hope you found your road to safety!

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Administrator Steve Buehrer opened OSC16 to a packed house, with many watching in the overflow room.
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Our three general session speakers spoke to full houses as well, each bringing a message all could take back to work and put to use.

The first general session speaker, L. Casey Choosewood, M.D. talked about the importance of Total Worker Health. Watch video.019

Jason Barger took a look at how to handle our busy schedules.

Mark Kowaleski showed how NASA does safety from Earth to Space.
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Lots of networking and purchasing in the exhibit Hall!OSC_16_D2047

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MCO’s, safety councils and PEOs were at OSC16 to help employers and employees.026 spooner aultcomp

Your Road to Safety might have taken you by the BWC Service Station where we offered full service for all things workers’ compensation, including prevention of accidents and care of injured workers.OSC_16_D2042






There were more than 30 tracks to choose from, and almost all of them offered some form of continuing education.
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Many took advantage of the hands-on experience at the OSC16 demo area.031 OSC_16_D2034 OSC_16_D2061

Our Safety Innovations booth spawned lots of good conversation about making workplaces safer.
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Safety Innovations Awards honored some of Ohio’s innovative thinkers.

First place and People’s Choice award went to the same company, Coopers Farm Feed &  Animal.OSC_16_D2026

Also, running concurrently to OSC16 was the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium where pain and nueromusculoskeletal were the hot topics for the two-day symposium.symp combo

If you’re sharing your #OSC16 or #OMHS experience on a blog, newsletter or other platform, let us know by leaving a comment here so we can tweet about it! If you have event photos you’d like to share with other readers, just post a link to your shared file in the comments section below.

Many thanks to those of you who shared your experiences via Twitter! Here’s a storified look at tweets.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Thanks thanks for making this year such a success, and #BeSafeOhio.