Medical education for obstetricians and gynecologists should incorporate environmental health

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To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2014.07.038 Byline: Veronica A. Tinney, Jerome A. Paulson, Susanne L. Bathgate, John W. Larsen Abstract: Obstetricians-gynecologists can protect the reproductive health of women, men, and their offspring from environmental hazards through preconception and prenatal counseling and encouraging patients to take actions to reduce environmental exposures. Although obstetricians-gynecologists are well positioned to prevent hazardous exposures, education on environmental health in medical education is limited. The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of George Washington University convened a meeting to begin integration of environmental health topics into medical education for obstetricians-gynecologists. Several avenues were identified to incorporate environmental health topics into medical education including continuing education requirements, inclusion of environmental health questions on board certification examinations and the creation of a curriculum on environmental health specific to obstetrics-gynecology. Author Affiliation: (a) Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC (b) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC Article History: Received 10 June 2014; Revised 11 July 2014; Accepted 22 July 2014 Article Note: (footnote) This publication was supported by the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000118-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Its contents are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)., The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) by providing funds to ATSDR under Inter- Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301-0. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications., J.W.L. currently provides consultation to Procter and Gamble. J.A.P. has served as an expert witness in childhood lead poisoning cases for the following firms: Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Baltimore, MD; Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl, Baltimore, MD; and the Law Office of Dmitry Khrizman, LLC, Baltimore, MD. He has served as an expert witness related to chemical management policy (The Toxic Substances Control Act) for Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, PC, Southfield, MI. The other authors have nothing to report.

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