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Mold and Moisture CME Course

Mold and Moisture CME Course – Guidance For Clinicians

Patients present to primary care services with symptoms and health concerns that require consideration of environmental factors. In some cases, patients’ exposure to mold and moisture in their homes, offices, schools, and workplaces may be having a significant effect. This course includes guidance designed to help the healthcare provider address patients with illnesses related to mold in the indoor environment by providing a background understanding of how mold may be affecting patients. With an appreciation of the time pressures in the clinical medical setting today, the course describes “tools” to help the provider evaluate the patient and help the practitioner explore environmental relationships to illness.

The course can be found here: Mold and Moisture CME Course

Part 1: Health Effects Related to Mold and Moisture in Indoor Environments

Part 2:Resources for Health Providers: Preventing Respiratory Disease in Patients who are Exposed to Damp Moldy Environments

EPA and UConn Health Webinar

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and UConn Health Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine would like to invite you to our webinar:

“Guidance for Clinicians and Public Health Professionals on Mold and Moisture Exposure Indoors”

Presented by: Paula Schenck, MPH, Center for Indoor Environments and Health at University of Connecticut (UCONN) Health, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Date and Time: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Indoor Environments Division

Paula Schenck is the co-founder of the Center for Indoor Environments and Health at UCONN. The Center focuses research, education and service towards amelioration and/or prevention of human disease by addressing the indoor environment in schools, offices and homes.

Ms. Schenck will be discussing the book, “Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors” as it relates to current events in health care and public health settings. She will highlight prominent areas of the guidance, present recent findings in scientific literature as well as share her perspective on why mold exposure and health is becoming more of a concern for individuals and communities, what exposures mean for human health, and what her current work tells us about added risks to communities recovering from catastrophic weather events.

To register for the webinar: Registration Link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


•             Physicians, nurses, asthma educators and other health care providers

•             Health directors, facility managers, school superintendents, employers, building owners

•             Storm response planners and rebuilders, construction workers, community planners

•             Professional/ technical consultants

•             Individuals with concerns about how mold exposure may be affecting their health


Become aware of information on the relationship between mold exposure and health effects as discussed in current guidance and peer-reviewed literature

Have guidance to explore mold and moisture exposure as contributors to illnesses in clinical settings

Explore strategies for the public and worker populations to reduce exposure when in wet moldy environments so  to possibly prevent illness (especially important when preparing for and responding to flooding and severe weather events).



In November 2017, William Shaw, Ph.D., joined the Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine as its new Director. Dr. Shaw has research interests in Workers’ Compensation health care, return-to-work coordination, pain management, patient-provider communication, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and employer disability management practices. Dr. Shaw comes to us from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (Hopkinton, Massachusetts), where he was a Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Disability Research for 17 years. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from a doctoral program hosted jointly by San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. After his PhD, he returned to the east coast for a post-doctoral fellowship in injury rehabilitation at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Shaw’s training background is in engineering and psychology, and his recent research has focused on supervisor training, psychosocial screening, job modification, and managing chronic health conditions at work. He serves on a number of journal editorial boards, scientific committees, and advisory boards, including the Occupational Health Study Section for the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH).



The Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine offers a monthly colloquium series on an aspect of Occupational or Environmental Medicine. We bring in speakers on the first Monday of each month to lecture from noon to 1:30.  These events are CME events, so your physical attendance and participation will qualify you for the CME credits.

If you can not make it to UConn Health to attend the lecture in person, we do broadcast it using Occupational Medicine Colloquium Archives. You can find an archive of some of our previous speakers there.

Our next lecture will take place on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018,  in the Keller Auditorium.  The lecture will start at noon, but refreshments will be provided before the lecture starts.  It will run to approximately 1:30 pm to allow for time to discussion and questions after the presentation.  Information on this lecture is below. This will be a extended lecture, and will count for a 2 hour CME session.

Speakers: Dr. Stefanos N. Kales

Topic: “Feeding America’s Bravest:  Survival Mediterranean Style in the Fire Service”

MediaSite Link: TBD

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Miriam Muniz at



Michael Erdil MD, FACOEM, gave the following presentations;

  • Harvard School of Public Health. Resident Education. Management and Education Considerations to Improve Value Based Care of Select Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Boston MA. Sept 29, 2017.
  • CT Dept. of Public Health. The Opioid Crisis and Connecticut’s Workforce. Moderator for Wrap Up Session Next Steps: Developing Guidance for Connecticut Employers. Middletown, CT. Oct 4, 2017
  • University of Connecticut Health Center. Occupational Medicine Colloquium Series. Opioid Considerations in Workers Comp. Overview and Non-opioid pain strategies. Farmington CT. Oct 11, 2017
  • New England Baptist Hospital. Hamedani Memorial Lecture. Helping Patients Make Better Informed Medical Decisions Using Shared Decision Making and High Quality Health Education Resources – Example – LBP. Boston MA. Nov 8, 2017.
  • New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Annual Meeting. Moderator for Marijuana and Work: Up in Smoke! Presentations by Jerrold Leikin MD, Debra Najjar Esq, and Panel including Lee Okurowski MD, Linda Thompson MBA. Newton MA. Nov 30, 2017.