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Environmental Medicine Continuing Education

ATSDR provides online access to complete the continuing education (CE) certificate process. This process includes registration for a course, completing the course posttest and assessment, and printing of the continuing education certificate. To receive CE, participants must complete this process online. The CE accreditation for courses remains valid for 2 years after it is announced.


Expiration

You must submit your answers online before the stated expiration date to be eligible to receive continuing education credit. Please check each course for expiration dates.



Instructions for Completing the Assessment & Posttest Online

  • Read or view the environmental medicine courses online.
  • Once you completed the course, access the continuing education portal
    • If you have registered in this system before, please use the same login name and password. This will ensure an accurate transcript.
  • Once you have logged in/registered, select the test and take it.
  • Answer the questions presented (all answers are in the course material).
    • To receive continuing education credit, you must answer all of the questions.
    • Some questions have more than one answer. Questions with more than one answer will instruct you to "indicate all that are correct."
  • Complete the course evaluation.
  • Upon achieving a passing posttest score (80% of posttest responses must be correct), you will be able to immediately print your continuing education certificate from your personal transcript.



Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM)

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Additional Educational Products for Health Professionals

ATSDR offers additional course resources accessible via Web stream. These courses include:

  • A Story of Health

    When disease strikes, people often ask their doctors “how did this happen to me?" As a health professional or scientist, you know the causes of a specific case are often difficult to determine. At the same time you want to keep up with current research about the interactions between genes and environmental conditions that can influence good health or disease.

    A Story of Health, a new illustrated multi-media eBook that offers continuing education credits, provides the latest research on several diseases in a fictional case-based format. The first installment describes the lives of three characters and their families - Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Each story features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention.

    A Story of Health was developed through collaboration among the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency (OEHHA), the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), and the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU).

    Please note that the Asthma story is online with free continuing education credits. The Learning/Developmental Disabilities story as well as the Leukemia story are online and free continuing education credits will be available on February 23, 2015. Download the individual stories from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit web site at http://coeh.berkeley.edu/ucpehsu/soh.html.

    After reading Brett’s Story/Asthma, return to the following link to register for CE credits and take the CE test. A Story of Health CE registration.

    Please make sure to re-visit this web page for additional updates and free continuing education offerings.

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Continuing Education Module
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a rapidly progressive neuro-degenerative disease. It belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons. These diseases cause loss of ability to trigger specific muscles, which results in the muscles becoming weak and ultimately leading to paralysis. This educational module provides

    • A clinical overview on ALS
    • Current clinical practice recommendations for diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with ALS, including communication strategies
    • Information on the importance of standard diagnostic coding procedures for diagnosis of ALS patients in clinical practice
    • Information on the new National ALS Registry and the importance of ALS patient self enrollment in the registry
    For more information and access to the ATSDR ALS Continuing Education Module page, please visit http://atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/ALS/.



  • Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Module
    ATSDR Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Module is an environmental health anticipatory guidance training module that introduces pediatric health care providers to the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit and provides instruction on environmental health and use of toolkit materials.
  • For more information and access to the ATSDR Pediatric Environmental Health Training page, please visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/health_professionals/pediatrics.html.
  • For more information and access to the ATSDR Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Course Registration and Posttest, please visit http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/registration/detailpage.asp?res_id=1996.

  • Surviving Field Stress for First Responders
    Developed in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • For more information and access to the Surviving Stress for First Responders page, please visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/health_professionals/surviving_field_stress.html

  • For more information and access to the Surviving Stress for First Responders Course Registration and Posttest, please visit http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/registration/detailpage.asp?res_id=2493

  • Emergency Risk Communication
    Developed in collaboration with the Pan American Health Association. This course is obtainable in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
    Available at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/CERConline/index.html

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Continuing Education

Continuing education is available free of charge for all ATSDR environmental medicine education course work.

Accreditation Statements


Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®)

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of (#) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Commission on Accreditation

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides (#) contact hours.


International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (#) CEU's for this program.


National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to (#) total Category 1 continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are O. CDC provider number GAOO82.


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MMWR/OWCD

The ATSDR Continuing Education Program is moving from the MMWR to the OWCD system. People registered previously with MMWR will have to register anew with OWCD to take newly released courses.

Two separate transcript records will exist as a result of the transition process. Those who have taken courses using the MMWR system should contact the Environmental Medicine Continuing Education Coordinator (atsdrdtemce@cdc.gov) to address issues such as lost/forgotten passwords and course certificates. Persons who register with the OWCD system to take the newly released courses (2007 and beyond) should contact OWCD Training and Continuing Education Online (http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/help.asp).

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Disclaimer and Disclosure

Disclaimer

The state of knowledge regarding the treatment of patients potentially exposed to hazardous substances in the environment is constantly evolving and is often uncertain. In developing its educational products ATSDR has made a diligent effort to ensure the accuracy and the currency of the presented information. ATSDR, however, makes no claim that the environmental medicine and health education resources discussed in these products comprehensively address all possible situations related to various substances. The products are intended for educational use to build the knowledge of physicians and other health professionals in assessing the conditions and managing the treatment of patients potentially exposed to hazardous substances. The products are not a substitute for a health-care provider’s professional judgment. Please interpret the environmental medicine and the health education resources in light of specific information regarding the patient and in conjunction with other medical authorities.

Use of trade names in ATSDR products is for identification purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Disclosure

In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use. CDC, our planners, and the presenters for this seminar do not have financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. This presentation does not involve the unlabeled use of a product or product under investigational use. There was no commercial support for this activity.


Contact Information

For assistance with registration, completing the course assessment and posttest, transcripts, and printing continuing education certificates, please contact OWCD Training and Continuing Education. OWCD can be reached via:

For additional information about Environmental Medicine Education Products, please email atsdrdtemce@cdc.gov.


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