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CME Credits - Risks and Benefits of Seafood Consumption

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

Benefits & Risks of Seafood Consumption Enduring Material
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Date of Last Review: June 20, 2018
Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

*NOTE: If you complete four (4) of the seven (7) modules within a continuous seven-day period, call 504-988-5466 or email to receive one certificate for free (pay for 3, get one free). In the email subject line, type "AOEC free credit". If you complete all seven (7) modules within a continuous seven-day period, you will receive two free certificates (pay for 5, get two free).

Seafood consumption for healthy individuals provides an excellent source of nutrition, especially vitamins and minerals, Omega 3, and protein; and is a low fat food. However, care must be taken to avoid risks commonly associated with seafood consumption such as those contaminated by oil, toxins, chemicals, mercury, pollution, and poor water quality. This is true specifically for vulnerable populations including pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Physicians play a key role in educating and treating these people.

The purpose of this enduring material is to increase physician knowledge regarding patient benefit and potential risk for illness as a result of seafood consumption. In order to provide the highest quality of patient care, physicians must know which populations are most vulnerable to seafood borne issues and under what conditions as well as the influences of outside effects on seafood quality such as oil spills, chemicals, toxins, food preparation, water quality, etc.

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...

Predicted Changes in Practice as a result of participating in this activity include the ability to …

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

ABMS Competencies IOM Competencies  IPEC Competencies

Patient Care

Provide Patient Centered Care

Values and Ethics for Interprofessional Practice

Medical Knowledge

Work in Interdisciplinary Teams

Roles and Responsibilities

Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Employ Evidence-based Practice

Interprofessional Communication

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Apply Quality Improvement

Teams and Teamwork

Professionalism Utilize Informatics  

Systems-based Practice



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’s Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences. Tulane University Health Sciences Center is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Tulane University Health Sciences Center designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.


Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program.

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 75% on the post-test is required prior to claiming your AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Certificates of credit and participation 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 accreditation requirements and policies to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support, 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 and planners. 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


Epperson Melinda Director, Tulane CME Nothing to disclose
Fowles Jeff Cases Development Nothing to disclose
Harrison Robert  Speaker  Nothing to disclose
Kirkland  Katherine  Co-Activity Director, AOEC  Nothing to disclose 
Kleinpeter Myra Chair, Tulane CME 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 N. Kevin  Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane SOM        Nothing to disclose
Lichtveld  Maureen  Co-Activity Director, Tulane SPHTM  Nothing to disclose 
Lind Caroline Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE Nothing to disclose
Meister Raymond  Cases Development  Nothing to disclose 
Refvem Sarah Program Coordinator, Educ. Eval. & Research, Tulane CCE Nothing to disclose 
Schmidt  Pamala  Assistant Director, Tulane CME  Nothing to disclose 
Silver  Elaine  Speaker  Nothing to disclose 
Sliwinski  Roblynn  Department Administrator, Tulane CME  Nothing to disclose 
Solomon  Gina  Cases Development  Nothing to disclose 
Wickliffe  Jeffrey  Cases Development  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.


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  • It will take learners approximately one and a half hours to complete the educational activity.
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The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs’ 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 is funded with $105 million from the Medical Settlement.

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