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106 Environmental Medicine and Children's Health

Environmental exposures have been determined to have significant impact on human health with children being particularly vulnerable to their effects. This is an area of health not emphasized in medical education, especially in pediatrics.  

This CME activity will help to close this knowledge gap and assist health care professionals in understanding how, when, and what types of environmental toxicants and preventive measures might be considered and applied to enhance pediatric health care. This is important because an accruing number of evidence-based interventions are available for children that are not yet not widely known or taught to clinicians. One example of this is the avoidance of ingested pesticides in food to reduce exposure to known neurotoxicants that have been associated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

Another is the association of air pollution with serious respiratory illness in infants and children. 

Pediatricians who are updated on literature and clinical research in the field will be able to better counsel families and be prepared to offer more comprehensive treatment options. 

Outcome Objectives

  • Identify pediatric patients that could potentially benefit from environmental health- focused treatment options. 
  • Determine which medical conditions have robust supporting evidence for the use of environmental health based integrative medicine treatment options in children.
  • Teach clinicians how to better educate parents about environmental health focused integrative medicine treatment options for their children. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and the Academy of Pediatric Integrative Medicine. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 
Passing the course requires completion of all lessons and a minimum 80% score on all course quizzes, with two attempts allowed per quiz.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Current CME approval period: January 28, 2021- January 27, 2023. Date of most recent review January 28, 2021.


All CME-approved Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this activity.

Progress

Teachers
Hilary McClafferty, MD