Posted: February 16, 2016

ACMT Environmental Medicine Modules: Module 1-Taking an Exposure History


This is the first module in ACMT's Environmental Medicine Modules, and consists of a pretest, a presentation, a posttest, and a survey. This module is based on the ATSDR Case Study in Environmental Medicine: Taking an Exposure History. The presentation includes basic definitions, examples of occupational and environmental exposures, and the components of an exposure history. Case studies illustrate how clinicians can evaluate patients for environmental causes of their symptoms. A common case presentation (52-year old man with headache and chest pain) is used through the module to demonstrate how information gathered through an exposure history can identify different toxic exposures and causes. Audio recordings feature the physician gathering the exposure history from the patient. The cases also demonstrate how clinicians should contact the Poison Control Center and local or state public health agencies for assistance. The presentation is 49 minutes/35 seconds in length. This is one of a series of ACMT Environmental Health Learning Modules that can be used individually to supplement an existing course or combined to create a stand?alone course for the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or professional learners. Funding for this series of web-based learning modules was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000117-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. The ACMT Public Health Learning Modules are hosted in the federal Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) National Classroom.


Public Health, Interprofessional, Environmental Health, Toxicology


American College of Medical Toxicology

Timur S. Durrani, MD, MPH, MBA, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine