Posted: May 17, 2016

ACMT Environmental Medicine Modules, Module 5-Toxicology of Hydraulic Fracturing


This is the fifth module in ACMT's Environmental Medicine Modules, and consists of a pretest, a 62 minute presentation titled "The Toxicology of Hydraulic Fracturing," a posttest, and a survey. The presentation begins with a case study, which is followed by an overview of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") process, a description of the toxicologic risks of hydraulic fracturing to communities and to workers, a review of the literature, and an explanation of current policy issues associated with hydraulic fracturing. The presentation ends with a question and answer session with the audience who had participated in the live presentation, including a responses to how the presenters approach laboratory testing for patients who have concerns about potential exposures near hydraulic fracturing sites. 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.


Interprofessional, Population Health, Public Health Sciences, Community Health, Environmental Health, Toxicology, Occupational Health, Fracking


American College of Medical Toxicology

Anthony F. Pizon, MD, FACMT, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Michael Abesamis, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine