Physicians push for inclusion of climate change into residency curriculum
Following a push to teach medical students about the health risks associated with climate change, there's now a growing movement to provide residents with further training tailored to their specialties.
Proponents of the move say residents should be trained to provide patients with guidance on how climate change can affect their health. For example, residents who will be lung specialists can be taught that rising temperatures will result in longer pollen seasons.
Several physicians have co-authored a framework that GME programs can use to begin integrating climate change into their curriculum. It includes explaining the link between climate change and factors that affect health (e.g., allergy season, fires, and storms), suggestions of ways patient care can be adapted in response to climate change, and preparing residents for situations in which climate change can interfere with patient care.