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Depression in Primary Care
Advising Patients on Advance Directives
Physician Counseling to Enhance Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

CME HOURS/ACCREDITATION

This activity is being sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine.

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Course participation includes reading and listening to online presentations, taking part in online group discussions, reading and responding to in-depth case studies, applying knowledge and practice to patients, and completing a final self-evaluation.

The following chart indicates the maximum available CME credits per course:

Course Title
Learn more about each course by clicking a course title, below.
Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of:*
Additional Available CME
TOTAL CME Credit Hours You Could Earn
Risk Management
Card Study Activity**
Depression in Primary Care
7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
   
7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Advising Patients on Advance Directives
2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
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2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Physician Counseling to Enhance Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
This program includes 10 hours which meet the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.
Maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

*Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physicians can earn additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ in the following way:

**Participate in a “card study”: With the guidance of the course director, participants will identify 4-6 patients meeting the criteria for intervention discussed in each educational module; specific patient information will be collected on the cards; cards will be stored within the participant’s office; at three months post-intervention, updated patient information will be reviewed, de-identified, and reported.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

The above augmentation requires an additional time commitment. Contact the Boston University CME office (617) 638-4605 or www.bu.edu/cme for more information and to enroll.

Term of Approval

Date of Release: September, 2007
Expiration Date: June 30, 2011

Course Director

John M. Wiecha, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Director, Distance Education for Health
Director of Predoctoral Education
Department of Family Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

Faculty Member has nothing to disclose with regards to commercial interests.

Course Faculty

Advance Directives Module:
Laura N. Goldman, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

Faculty Member has nothing to disclose with regard to commercial interests.

Depression Module:
Larry Culpepper, MD
Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Faculty Member is a consultant for Forest Labs, Pfizer, Wyeth, Neurocrine, and Lilly; and is on the speakers' bureaus of Forest Labs, Pfizer, and Wyeth.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Module:
Milagros C. Rosal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Faculty Member has nothing to disclose with regard to commercial interests.

Disclosure Policy

Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices occurs.

All faculty disclosure information will be posted on this website (http://www.bu.edu/fammed/cmetips).

Target Audience

Primary care physicians.

Educational Needs Addressed

Physicians in solo and small-group practices, due to financial constraints and relentless patient care demands, experience barriers to accessing professional development programs essential for maintaining high standards of clinical care and patient safety. A high-quality, internet-based, interactive CME program may address some of the educational inadequacies, and meet the needs of solo and small-group practice clinicians in providing improved practice performance and patient care.

Specific issues to be addressed can be categorized under three broad headings: patient safety as affected by office systems, patient safety as a result of appropriate and timely cancer screenings, and quality of care of patients with chronic illnesses.

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Program Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the seven modules of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Reduce risk of medical error and malpractice associated with cancer screening, diagnosis, follow-up, and counseling.
  2. Learn how to directly apply the most recent relevant clinical trial evidence to patients with common chronic illness.
  3. Improve quality of care of patients with chronic illnesses, including depression.
  4. Implement feasible and flexible practice improvement activities.

Disclaimer

THESE MATERIALS AND ALL OTHER MATERIALS PROVIDED IN CONJUNCTION WITH CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES ARE INTENDED SOLELY FOR PURPOSES OF SUPPLEMENTING CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. ANYONE USING THE MATERIALS ASSUMES FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND ALL RISK FOR THEIR APPROPRIATE USE. NEITHER TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY NOR THE DEVELOPERS OF THE MATERIALS MAKE ANY WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WHATSOEVER REGARDING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS, NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE MATERIALS. IN NO EVENT WILL THE TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY OR THE DEVELOPERS OF THESE MATERIALS BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE MATERIALS. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION IN THE MATERIALS BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE.

Funding

This project was made possible through a grant from the Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence and is supported in part by unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, The Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation, and Beckman Coulter.

This project was made possible through a grant from the Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence and is supported in part by unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, The Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation, and Beckman Coulter. Copyright 2007-2011 Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine.

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