Reproductive Health: Methylmercury
The goal of this activity is to enhance the knowledge of physicians and other healthcare providers about the potential sources and health impacts of methylmercury during and prior to pregnancy. This module reviews the sources of methylmercury, vulnerable populations, and health effects due to exposure. It provides the learner with an assessment and methods to reduce risk of exposure. By enhancing the knowledge of physicians and other healthcare providers, they will be better equipped to assess pregnant patients, patients who plan on becoming pregnant, and patients at risk for methylmercury exposure due to fish consumption. Physicians and other healthcare providers will be able to provide informed guidance to help patients avoid exposure.
- Identify at least three common sources of methylmercury.
- Describe the four steps of formation of methylmercury.
- Identify at least two populations most at risk for exposure to methylmercury.
- List four risks for patients for methylmercury exposure.
- Recognize the appropriate recommendations for at -risk patients exposed to methylmercury.
Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH; Director; Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health; UIC School of Public Health and Departmental Affiliate of UIC Family Medicine; Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
Charles McKay, MD, FACMT, FACEP; President, American College of Medical Toxicology
Michaella Ann Pain, MPH, Project Manager, University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Continuing Education Information
This course qualifies as continuing education for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists, certified public health professionals and other professionals provided by the Centers for Disease Control and its partners.
Origination Date: 02/01/2019
Renewal Date: 02/01/2021
Expiration Date: 02/01/2023
1.25 CME (for physicians)
1.25 CME (attendance for non-physicians)
1.1 CNE (for nurses)
1.0 CECH (for health education specialists)
1.0 CPH (for public health professionals)
0.10 CEU (for other professionals)
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Prevention and Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 1.1 nursing contact hours.
CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (0.1) CEU's for this program.
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 Specialist (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0 CDC provider number 98614.
For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer (1.0) CPH recertification credits for this program.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.
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This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: 5 NU61TS000237-05 along with the American College of Medical Toxicology and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: 5U61TS000238-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
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