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Program Detail

Release Date: September-16-16
Credit Expiration Date: October-14-17


Bret A. Lashner, MD
Professor of Medicine
Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Elliot B. Davidson, MD, FAAFP
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Director, Center for Family Medicine
Akron, OH

NJAFP: Lauren Carruth, MD
AANP: Alana R. Wichmann, APN
AAPA: Eric Peterson, EdM, FACEHP, CHCP

Credit Hours

FPs: 0.75 AAFP Prescribed Credit
NPs: 0.75 Contact Hour of continuing education (which includes 0.5 hours of pharmacology)
PAs: 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME Credit



Program Description

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be challenging to diagnose because of its heterogeneous and somewhat ambiguous clinical presentation. Despite the challenges, primary care clinicians are on the front line for assessment and initial diagnosis of these patients. Once diagnosed, even if placed under the care of a gastroenterologist, these patients will require life-long care. This activity, the first in a 3-part series, addresses diagnosis and initial treatment options for IBD, as well as collaboration between primary care clinicians and specialists.

Program Developer/Facilitator

Developed by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) in cooperation with MCM Education.

Target Audience

This program was developed for family medicine and primary care physicians, PAs, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the signs and symptoms of IBD.
  2. Outline the differential diagnosis for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
  3. Review currently available first-line treatment options and their associated benefits and risks.


It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and reviewers have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and all conflicts have been resolved according to each respective provider's policy.

Bret A. Lashner, MD, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Elliot B. Davidson, MD, FAAFP, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Lauren Carruth, MD, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Alana R. Wichmann, APN, has disclosed the following: Speaker’s Bureau: AbbVie, Inc.
Eric Peterson, EdM, FACEHP, CHCP, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Credit Statements

This Enduring Material series activity, Treatment Patterns in Family Medicine: The Role of the Primary Care Clinician in Patient-Centered Management of IBD, from 10/15/2016 - 10/14/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Approved for 0.75 AAFP Prescribed credits.

Nurse Practitioners
This program is approved for 0.75 contact hour of continuing education (which includes 0.5 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 16082264.

The activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Physician Assistants
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of 09/16/2016. Participants may submit the self-assessment at any time during that period.

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported by educational grants from Shire; AbbVie, Inc.; and Salix Pharmaceuticals, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, LLC.


There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online educational activity.

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The opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions;, the publisher; the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP); the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP); and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA); Shire; AbbVie, Inc.; or Salix Pharmaceuticals. Any medications, diagnostic procedures, or treatments discussed by the activity presenters should not be used by clinicians or other health care professionals without first evaluating their patients’ conditions, considering possible contraindications or risks, reviewing any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparing any therapeutic approach with the recommendations of other authorities.

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