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CME Credits - An Overview of Work-Related Asthma for Primary Care Providers

An Overview of Work-Related Asthma for Primary Care Providers

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 1, 2019

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

Healthcare providers often have not received substantial education in identifying and treating environmental and occupational conditions. However, such conditions are common because people may be exposed to hazardous substances in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Asthma related to occupational or environmental exposures is generally not distinctive- it may present in the clinic just like anything else. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers need the tools to help them identify and treat problems caused by environmental and occupational exposure.

The purpose of this enduring material is to increase healthcare provider knowledge and capacity regarding the effects of work-related asthma and prevention and management.

Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals inFamily Medicine, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and other medical specialties. 

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 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 0.5 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® and IACET accreditation requirements to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  In accordance with the ACCME® 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 and CEUs is required to disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interests within the past 12 months that create 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




Director, Tulane CCE

Nothing to disclose



Program Development, Yale School of Medicine

Nothing to disclose



Co-Activity Director (AEOC)

Nothing to disclose



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



Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane

Nothing to disclose



Program Development, Yale School of Medicine

Nothing to disclose



Co-Activity Director (Tulane SPHTM)

Nothing to disclose



Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE

Nothing to disclose



Program Development, Yale School of Medicine

Nothing to disclose



Program Coord. Eval. & Research, Tulane CCE

Nothing to disclose



Assistant Director, Tulane CCE

Nothing to disclose



Department 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.


NIOSH Work Related Asthma

OSHA Occupational Asthma

AOEC Asthmagen List

Protecting Workers Who Use Cleaning Chemicals–OSHA

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma (EPR-3)

An Official American Thoracic Society Statement: Work Exacerbated Asthma

Official American Thoracic Society Technical Standard: Spirometry in the Occupational Setting

Recommendations for a Clinical Decision Support System for Work-Related Asthma in Primary Care Settings

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 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.