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CME Credits - Reproductive Environmental Health Concerns in the Gulf Coast Region

Jointly provided by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, and Tulane University Center for Continuing Education

Release Date: October 1, 2017
Date of Last Review: September 4, 2018
Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

Many healthcare providers do not receive any training in environmental medicine, especially on the effects of exposures on reproductive health, and are therefore unable to adequately identify conditions and respond to patients’ questions about exposures.

The purpose of this enduring material is to increase healthcare provider knowledge and capacity regarding the effects on the reproductive system of exposure to occupational and environmental hazards.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Family Medicine, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and other interested physicians and healthcare professionals

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to effectively…

Predicted changes in practice as a result of participating in this activity include the improved ability to …

This activity may address elements of competencies identified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC):

ABMS:  Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice

IOM:  Provide patient-centered care, Work in interdisciplinary teams, Employ evidence-based practice, Apply quality improvement, and Utilize informatics

IPEC:  Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice; Roles / Responsibilities; Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and Teamwork

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Tulane University Health Sciences Center, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, and the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences.  Tulane University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Tulane University Health Sciences Center designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education is authorized by IACET to offer .1 CEUs for this program.

Tulane University Health Sciences Center presents this activity for educational purposes only and does not endorse any product, content of presentation or exhibit.  Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine.  The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected because of their recognized expertise.

Definition of CME Content — Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.  The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.

CME Clinical Content Validation #1 – All the recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.

CME Clinical Content Validation #2 – All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

In accordance with the IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training (3.1, 6.2); the course content has been developed, reviewed, and adheres to high levels of quality, currency, effectiveness, and applicability.

The course includes a pre-test and a post-test. You will take the post-test at the end of the course as part of an evaluation and credit verification form section, which you will access through a link.  A minimum performance level of 70% on the post-test is required prior to claiming your credit.  Certificates will be emailed upon receipt of payment. There is a $25 fee for the credit certificate. Please contact Tulane CCE if you have questions at

It is the policy of the Center for Continuing Education at Tulane University Health Sciences Center to plan and implement all of its educational activities in accordance with the ACCME's Essential Areas and Policies to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support and the IACET Standard, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM is required to disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interests within the past 12 months that creates a real or apparent conflict of interest.  Individuals who do not disclose are disqualified from participating in a CME activity.  Individuals with potential for influence or control of CME content include planners and planning committee members, authors, teachers, educational activity directors, educational partners, and others who participate, e.g. facilitators and moderators.  This disclosure pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of the presentations must be resolved prior to the educational activity.  Disclosure of off-label, experimental or investigational use of drugs or devices must also be made known to the audience. 

Listed below is information disclosed by presenters.  Any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentations have been resolved.

Last Name   First Name   Role in the Activity Disclosure
Buchanan Susan Module Director (Reproductive Health)   Nothing to Disclose
Burt Erica Module Director (Air & Reproductive Health) Nothing to Disclose
Epperson Melinda Dirctor, Tulane CCE Nothing to Disclose
Kirkland Katherine Co-Activity Director (AOEC) Nothing to Disclose
Kleinpeter Myra Chair, Tulane CCE Advisory Committee Grant: Amgen, Mallinckrodt (pending for AY2019); Speakers Bureau: Gilead Sciences, Fresenius Kidney Care, OPKO; Stock: AbbVie, P&G; Board Member: Orleans Parish Medical Society Council of Governors, New Orleans East Hospital, National Kidney Foundation
Krane Kevin Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane Nothing to Disclose
Lichtveld Maureen Co-Activity Director (Tulane SPHTM) Nothing to Disclose
Lind Caroline Educ Eval & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE  Nothing to Disclose
Refvem Sarah Program Coord Eval & Research, Tulane CCE  Nothing to Disclose
Schmidt Pamala Assistant Director, Tulane CCE Nothing to Disclose
Sliwinski Roblynn Departmental Administrator, Tulane CCE Nothing to Disclose

The Center for Continuing Education has also required that all faculty disclose their intent to discuss any unlabeled/ unapproved usage of drugs and/or devices during their presentations.   No one has disclosed that off-label discussions will be included in the presentations.


Please contact Tulane CCE if you have questions at or 504-988-5466.

To begin the presentation, click here.


The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiff's Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013 and made effective on February 12, 2014. The Outreach Program is supervised by the court and funded with $105 million from the Medical Settlement.

After completing the course, please complete the post evaluation survey and credit verification form here.