Massachusetts Medical Society: Genetically Modified Foods: Benefits and Risks

Genetically Modified Foods: Benefits and Risks

Genetically Modified Foods: Benefits and Risks

Genetically Modified food products have flooded the market over the past 20 years, now accounting for more than 90% of US corn and soy produced in the US, yet their impact on human health is still widely debated. This CME activity describes the history and background of GMOs, and presents a balanced evaluation of the scientific evidence about the health risks and benefits, as well as a summary of the positions of various consumer and medical organizations on the issue.

Learning Objectives

  • Define genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Explain the evidence of the health risks and benefits of genetically modified foods.
  • Review the controversies and opposition to genetically modified foods.
  • Summarize the opinions of consumer and medical groups on GMOs.

Course Fees
MMS Member Physicians: $12
Nonmember Physicians: $22
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60

Format:  Text

CME Credit:  1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement  
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physicians Assistants may claim 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  

Activity Term
Original Release Date: August 20, 2014
Review Date: February 20, 2016, August 20, 2017
Termination Date: August 20, 2018

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Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
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iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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