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CME Credits - 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 

Reproductive Health Effects of the BP Oil Spill Enduring Material
Release Date: June 11, 2014
Date of Last Review: June 20, 2018
Expiration Date: June 30, 2019
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


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 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. 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.

This 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 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Certificates of credit will be mailed upon receipt of payment. There is a $25 fee for the 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 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 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 Activity                Disclosure
Buchanan Susan Module Director Nothing to disclose
Burt Erica Module Director Nothing to disclose
Epperson Melinda Director, Tulane CME 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
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

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. 

Please contact Tulane's Center for Continuing Education 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.