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Environmental Medicine Education for Health Professionals

Introduction

ATSDR’s environmental medicine education products for health professionals have been revised and refreshed to better meet needs for continuing education in a demanding professional climate. All of these products include current environmental medicine content drawn from peer-reviewed medical literature. In addition, these education products provide the latest information on evidence-based diagnosis and treatment. Each product offers free, accredited continuing education and is available and downloadable online.

Case Studies in Environmental Medicine

ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM) are self-instructional, continuing-education primers designed to increase primary care providers’ knowledge of hazardous substances and aid in the evaluation of patients potentially exposed to hazardous substances. Each CSEM comes with additional companion products such as Grand Rounds in Environmental Medicine and Patient Education and Care Instruction Sheets.

For more information and access to the ATSDR CSEM page, please visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.html.

Grand Rounds in Environmental Medicine

ATSDR Grand Rounds in Environmental Medicine (GREM) are 1-hour, continuing-education seminars and video Web streams designed for medical educators, health-care providers, and other professionals involved in environmental health. GREM can be use for face-to-face education and are available in two versions: GREM Instructional Presentation Kits and GREM Web Stream Presentations. These consist of a detailed script, PowerPoint slides, learner support materials, Patient Education and Care Instruction Sheets, and video Web streams.

For more information and access to the ATSDR GREM page, please visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/health_professionals/grem.html.

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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://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/ALS/.

For more information and access to the ATSDR ALS Continuing Education Course Registration and Posttest, please visit http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/registration/detailpage.asp?res_id=2471.

Patient Education and Care Instruction Sheets

ATSDR Patient Education and Care Instruction Sheets complement the newly developed or revised CSEM and GREM topics. These job aids give health-care providers ready-to-use materials to aid in patient care.

For more information and access to the ATSDR Patient Education page, please visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/health_professionals/instruction
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Pediatric Environmental Health 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.

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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).

The following stories are available online for free continuing education:
A Story of Health: Asthma- Brett’s Story
A Story of Health: Learning/Developmental Disabilities- Amelia’s Story
A Story of Health: Leukemia- Stephen’s Story

Download the individual stories from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit web site at http://coeh.berkeley.edu/ucpehsu/soh.html

After reading each story, please return to the following links to register for free CE and take the CE test.

A Story of Health: Asthma- Brett’s Story CE registration
A Story of Health: Learning/Developmental Disabilities- Amelia’s Story CE registration
A Story of Health: Leukemia- Stephen’s Story CE registration

Surviving Field Stress for First Responders
Surviving Field Stress for First Responders is a video web stream course designed to help first responders and those they assist to be prepared for the stressors of twenty-first century disasters.
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

Risk Communication
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication. Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication is an approach to communicating effectively during emergencies. These principles are used by public health professionals and public information officers to provide information that helps individuals, stakeholders, and entire communities make the best possible decisions for themselves and their loved ones. CERC recognizes that during emergencies, we work under impossible time constraints and must accept the imperfect nature of our choices. CERC draws from lessons learned during public health emergencies and research in the fields of public health and emergency risk communication.
http://emergency.cdc.gov/CERC/index.asp

Self-instruction Course: Risk Communication. This course was developed in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization to create and strengthen skills for the communication of health risks associated with the environment, using methodologies with theoretical and practical approaches applicable in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese at http://www.bvsde.ops-oms.org/tutorial6/i/

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Chemical Specific and Other Environmental Medicine Topics

For a list of available environmental medicine topics, please visit the Environmental Medicine Topics page.


Continuing Education

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

For more information and access to continuing education offerings, please visit the ATSDR Continuing Education Site at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/conteduc.html.

Disclaimer and Disclosure

The medical information provided in these courses is for educational use only.
For more information on product limitation, please see the full disclaimer.

Contact Information

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

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