BOX 4-1COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

  1. Graduating medical students should understand the influence of the environment and environmental agents on human health on the basis of knowledge of relevant epidemiologic, toxicologic, and exposure factors.
  2. Graduating medical students should be able to recognize the signs, symptoms, diseases, and sources of exposure relating to common environmental agents and conditions.
  3. Graduating medical students should be able to elicit an appropriately detailed environmental exposure history, including a work history, from all patients.
  4. Graduating medical students should be able to identify and access the informational, clinical, and other resources available to help address patient and community environmental health problems and concerns.
  5. Graduating medical students should be able to discuss environmental risks with their patients and provide understandable information about risk reduction strategies in ways that exhibit sensitivity to patients' health beliefs and concerns.
  6. Graduating medical students should be able to understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of seeing patients with environmental and occupational health problems or concerns.

SOURCE: Institute of Medicine, 1995a.

From: 4, Education

Cover of Toward Environmental Justice
Toward Environmental Justice: Research, Education, and Health Policy Needs.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Environmental Justice.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1999.
Copyright © 1999, National Academy of Sciences.

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