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12:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:15 p.m.

The Role of Science in Establishing VA Disability Compensation Policies

Mark Brown, Ph.D. (Director, VA’s Environmental Agents Service, Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards, Department of Veterans Affairs)

1:45 p.m.

Presumptions in VA’s Disability Program—The Effect

Thomas Pamperin, M.B.A. (Assistant Director for Policy, Compensation and Pension Service, Department of Veterans Affairs)

2:05 p.m.

PANEL Q&A—VA Presenters and Committee Members

2:45 p.m.

Break

3:00 p.m.

An Examiner’s Use of the Clinician’s Guide and How Examiners Are Selected and Trained by VHA

Patrick Joyce, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. (Chief Physician, Compensation and Pension Program, VA Medical Center, Washington, D.C.)

3:45 p.m.

Making Decisions Based on Medical Evidence

Bradley Flohr (Chief of Advisory Review Staff, Compensation and Pension Service)

4:15 p.m.

Public Comments (Attendees will be given the opportunity to make brief remarks to the Committee Members)

5:15 p.m.

Open Session Ends

5:15 p.m.

Closed Session (Committee Members and IOM Staff Only)

6:15 p.m.

Adjourn

Committee Meeting #2

July 27, 2006

Keck Center of the National Academies

Washington, D.C.

AGENDA

Thursday, July 27

Room 101

8:30 a.m.

Closed Session (Committee Members and IOM Staff Only)

9:00 a.m.

Open Session Begins

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Introduction of Committee Members and Attendees

Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., Committee Chair



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