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Reproductive 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 Health Sciences Center, Center for Continuing Education 

Release Date: June 11, 2014
Date of Last Review:
June 20, 2018
Healthcare providers do not receive adequate education in environmental medicine, especially on the effects of exposures on reproductive health. There were multiple hazards to workers and volunteers during the BP oil spill clean-up, and healthcare providers may receive questions from their patients about the effects of these hazards on their reproductive capacity and their offspring.  Providers need the tools to adequately assess their patients for adverse effects on reproductive outcomes of exposures during the spill.

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 during BP oil spill clean-up. This 60 minute PowerPoint module uses a case-based approach to review the hazards during the spill, estimates of exposure to these hazards to workers and volunteers, and the known effects of the hazards on the reproductive system.  Learners have the opportunity to problem solve the causality of three cases and address the question: did the exposure cause the health effects?

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 Pracitce

Medical Knowledge

Work in Interdisciplinary Teams  Roles and Responsibilities

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Employ Evidence-based Practice Interprofessional Communication 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Apply Quality Improvement Teams and Teamwork 


Utilize Informatics  

Systems-based Practice



Last Name First Name Role In Activity               
Buchanan Susan Module Director
Burt Erica Module Director
Epperson Melinda Director, Tulane CME
Kirkland Katherine Co-Activity Director, AOEC
Kleinpeter Myra Chair, Tulane CME Advisory Committee
Krane N. Kevin Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane SOM
Lichtveld Maureen Co-Activity Director, Tulane SPHTM
Lind Caroline Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE
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.