Free Online CMEs by GrassrootsHealth Now Available Through UCSD!

Get your GrassrootsHealth D*certification by completing at least one of these 1 hr online CMEs, available through UCSD.**

The following are strongly recommended for D*certification:

cme_doctor_gorhamSkin Cancer/Sunscreen – The Dilemma with Dr. Edward Gorham, PhD

Despite increases in sunscreen use and sun avoidance, melanoma is the most rapidly increasing skin malignancy. Could there be other factors that contribute to the risk of melanoma, and what role does the sun play?

In this talk, Edward Gorham, PhD, discusses the dilemma of skin cancer and sunscreen use, and talks in depth about the difference between UVA and UVB exposure, the body’s physiological response to each type of irradiance, and how sun exposure and sunscreens affect the risk of skin cancers and vitamin D production.

Complete 1 Hour CME

Why the Sun is Necessary for Optimal Health with Dr. Alexander Wunsch

The Age of Enlightenment was the turning point when physicians started to investigate the biological effects of sunlight systematically. The advent of antibiotics brought about a change in our view of the sun. Using the sun conscientiously to minimize risks and maximize benefits is our health aim.

In this presentation, Alexander Wunsch, MD, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Germany gives a historical perspective on sunlight exposure and explains how both the public’s and medical community’s perspective has changed over time, and includes the beneficial physiological aspects of sun exposure beyond synthesis of vitamin D with historical insights from our ancestors.

Complete 1 Hour CME

cme_doctor_holickSunlight and Your Health: An EnLIGHTening Perspective with Dr. Michael Holick

This presentation is meant to help attendees understand “Sunlight 101” including spectral output and differences between various wavelengths, how the skin responds to those various wavelengths, and positive and negative consequences of exposure. Michael F. Holick, PhD MD, Boston University Medical Center gives an energetic talk on the impacts of sunlight on your health. How can we balance current thinking on the negative effects of sun exposure with new research on its benefits? How does sunlight help in the production of vitamin D? Join Dr. Holick as he explains how sunlight reaches us, how it is absorbed by the skin and much more.

This CME is sponsored by: KBD, Inc.,  manufacturer of SPERTI Ultraviolet products for home use, produces the only FDA recognized Ultraviolet product for production of VITAMIN D.

Complete 1 Hour CME

The following is required for the Protect Our Children NOW! D*certification:

cme_doctor_wagnerPublic Health Initiative: Meeting the Vitamin D Requirements of the Pregnant Woman and Improving Health Outcomes; NICHD Vitamin D Lactation Summary Data with Dr. Carol Wagner

Carol L. Wagner, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, discusses how vitamin D status during pregnancy varies around the globe and the implications of maternal vitamin D deficiency for both the mother and her developing fetus. Information is provided regarding the role of vitamin D during pregnancy, its role in maternal health and in reducing comorbidities of pregnancy, including preterm birth.  The talk is concluded with NICHD Vitamin D Lactation Summary Data to detail the importance of maternal supplementation during lactation, versus supplementing the baby alone, in order to maintain sufficiency for both the mother and the breastfeeding infant.

Complete 1 Hour CME

cme_doctor_heaneyVitamin D, Sunshine, Optimal Health: Putting it all Together with Dr. Robert Heaney

Vitamin D is an essential component of the mechanisms by which cells control gene transcription in response to a variety of extra-cellular stimuli. Adequate vitamin D enables an optimal response to a broad variety of signals, whereas low vitamin D status impairs this response, and thus impairs its protective mechanism against chronic disease. In this video, Robert P. Heaney, MD, Creighton University explores why vitamin D is important, how it works, how we get it and how much we need. He covers the key points of vitamin D physiology and the role it plays in the maintenance of health and specifies practitioner guidelines for implementing a plan to help create optimal health with sunshine and vitamin D.

Complete 1 Hour CME

** ACCME Requirements


At the conclusion of these activities you should be able to:

  • List at least 5 disease conditions affected by vitamin D deficiency
  • Identify the production of at least 5 biochemical components that are impacted by the sun that are not due to vitamin D
  • Identify safe vitamin D serum levels
  • Identify 3 key findings from pregnancy RCT’s that improve patient outcomes
  • Describe a public health procedure for implementing a local program to solve the deficiency epidemic

Target Audience

This educational program is designed for physicians, scientists/researchers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, and therapists of all specialties.

Method of Participation

The estimated time to complete this activity is 1-hour. To obtain credit, participants should take a brief pre-activity survey, view the activity video, answer the multiple-choice post test questions, and complete the evaluation form online to receive a certificate immediately upon completion.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas of policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and GrassrootsHealth. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

AMA: The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

NURSES: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (report up to 1.0 hour of credit and list “CME Category 1” as the provider number).

Balance and Objectivity of Content

It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.


Drs. Garland, Heaney, Wagner, Holick and Gorham have no disclosures relevant to the topic presented in this activity.

The CME staff, meeting planners, editorial staff, planning committee, peer reviewer and CME committee reviewers do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Off-label Disclosure: This educational activity may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product.

The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego and GrassrootsHealth.

Cultural Competency

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires CME courses with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competencies. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and Linguistic Competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources on cultural and linguistic competency and information about AB1195 can be found on the UC San Diego CME website at