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Dispersant Exposures and Health Effects of the BP Oil Spill

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

Release Date: January 6, 2016
Date of Last Review:
June 20, 2018 

Healthcare providers do not receive adequate education in environmental medicine, including on the health effects of exposures to dispersants. There were multiple hazards to workers and volunteers during the 2010 BP oil spill clean-up, and healthcare providers may receive questions from their patients about the effects of dispersants. Providers need the tools to adequately assess their patients for adverse health effects from dispersant exposures during the spill.

The purpose of this material is to increase healthcare provider knowledge and capacity regarding the health effects of exposure to dispersants during the BP oil spill clean-up.  This 60 minute PowerPoint module uses a case-based approach to review dispersant exposures during the spill and the potential health effects of those exposures.  Learners have the opportunity to problem solve the causality of cases and address the question: Did the exposure cause the health effects?

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 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


Last Name   

First Name   

Role in the Activity

Beckett William Subject Matter Expert
Epperson Melinda Director, Tulane CME
Kirkland  Katherine  Co-Activity Director, AOEC 
Kleinpeter Myra Chiar, Tulane CME Advisory Committee
Krane Kevin  Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane SOM       
Lefkowitz Rafael Module Director (Air & Dispersants)
Lichtveld  Maureen  Co-Activity Director, Tulane SPHTM 
Lind Caroline Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE
Redlich Carrie Module Director (Air & Dispersants)
Refvem Sarah Program Coordinator, Educ. Eval. & Research,
Tulane CCE
Schmidt  Pamala  Assistant Director, Tulane CME 
Sliwinski  Roblynn  Department Administrator, Tulane CME 


To begin the presentation click here.


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.