Although the link between climate change and health is “becoming increasingly clear,” the medical community is generally unaware of how much climate change is impacting patients today, experts told Healio Primary Care.
“The knowledge gap is a huge issue,” Neelu Tummala, MD, a physician within the otolaryngology department at George Washington University's Medical Faculty Associates, told Healio Primary Care. “The International Federation of Medical Students’ Association surveyed 118 medical schools worldwide and revealed that only 15.9% had incorporated climate change into their medical school curriculum.”
“If you are not taught about the correlations of climate change and health ... then you are less likely to talk to your patients about it and to try to raise awareness on it,” she continued.
Read the entire story at Healio. Jeremy Hess, Associate Professor of Global Health, is quoted.