Amid worsening air pollution, more-damaging wildfires, and longer allergy seasons, some medical institutions have decided to teach students about the impact of climate change on human health.
“All over the country, doctors are seeing the impacts of climate change,” Dr. Mona Sarfaty, the director of the Medical Society’s consortium on climate and health, told Cheddar. “All of these effects are causing people health issues.”
“All of the physicians who are teaching medical students need to think about how the impacts of climate change fit into their speciality,” she said, explaining that information needs to be passed onto students, who must then educate their patients.
For instance, Sarfaty says, parents and those who are pregnant may need to be told to take more precautions during a