Medical schools begin to add climate change training to curriculum

Some medical schools are beginning to incorporate curriculum on climate change in lectures and elective classes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The schools that have added content related to climate change believe physicians need to be prepared to deal with the health effects of rising temperatures, air pollution and extreme weather. The Wall Street Journal names University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, UC San Francisco and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City for adding some form of climate change-related content to curriculum. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, also based in New York City, created a consortium to promote climate change curriculum in health education. So far, 187 schools and programs have joined, according to the report.

For physicians already in practice, the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., has a continuing education certificate related to climate change, and the Denver-based University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine offers a fellowship, according to the report.

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