Canadian medical students call for inclusion of climate change in curriculum

January 14, 2020

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students are asking Canadian medical schools to do more to address inadequate training related to planetary health and climate change. According to CFMS, medical students must be prepared to deal with the growing health effects of climate change, such as the spread of Lyme disease and heat-related deaths. While some argue that introducing the topic of climate change to medical school curricula will necessitate the omission of other subjects, others disagree with such an approach. "Instead of adding and subtracting, planetary health and climate change must be integrated throughout the entire curricula, so health-care providers aren't working in a silo," said Board President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Courtney Howard. Times Colonist (National )