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CME Credits - Dispersant Exposures and Health Effects of the BP Oil Spill

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 

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

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

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 1 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 Accredited 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


Beckett William Subject Matter Expert Nothing to disclose
Epperson Melinda Director, Tulane CME Nothing to disclose
Kirkland  Katherine  Co-Activity Director, AOEC  Nothing to disclose 
Kleinpeter Myra Chiar, 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 Kevin  Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane SOM        Nothing to disclose
Lefkowitz Rafael Module Director (Air & Dispersants) Nothing to disclose
Lichtveld  Maureen  Co-Activity Director, Tulane SPHTM  Nothing to disclose 
Lind Caroline Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE Nothing to disclose
Redlich Carrie Module Director (Air & Dispersants) Nothing to disclose
Refvem Sarah Program Coordinator, Educ. Eval. & Research,
Tulane CCE
Nothing to disclose 
Schmidt  Pamala  Assistant Director, Tulane CME  Nothing to disclose 
Sliwinski  Roblynn  Department Administrator, Tulane CME  Nothing to disclose 

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.