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Free CME
0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: July 15, 2020
Expires: July 15, 2021
15 minutes to complete

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Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians

Learning Objectives

Describe the unmet need for diabetic eye care and the risks associated with delayed intervention.

Activity Description

Infinity Medical Education™, Medical Education Resources, and infograph-ed™ have created a highly engaging, interactive learning experience. A series of three modular infographics will build on each other. The goal of this activity is to educate primary care clinicians on the most critical needs in diabetic care that are not being regularly met. Namely, patients are missing annual diabetic eye exams and are losing vision as a result. Primary care physicians are at the front line of diabetic care, directing patients through their healthcare journey, and these clinicians provide an essential touchpoint at which patients with diabetes can and should be directed to eye care providers.

Statement of Educational Need

Diabetes is a growing health crisis and primary care physicians are at the front line, directing patients through several other steps along their healthcare journey. Unfortunately, one of the most critical needs in diabetic care is not regularly met. Specifically, patients are missing annual diabetic eye exams and are losing vision as a result. Countless patients go blind because they either never enter the treatment continuum or they miss follow-up appointments. This comes at a time when retinal specialists are calling for treatment at earlier stages of disease.

The primary care visit is an essential touchpoint at which patients with diabetes can and should be directed to eye care providers who can deliver much-needed diagnostic services and treatments. This interactive learning opportunity will engage physicians and inspire a more proactive approach to patient education. Physicians will learn the unmet need for diabetic eye care and the risks associated with delayed intervention. Additionally, they will become well-acquainted with the science behind vision-saving treatments for patients with diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy. Furthermore, this program will emphasize the potential advantages of moving patients into treatment sooner rather than later.

Topics

  • Strategies for improved patient care
  • Differences between proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) and nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR)
  • Evolution of the nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy classifications systems
  • Progression of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy to sight-threatening DR and blindness
  • Potential benefits of treating patients who have NPDR

Faculty

Rishi P. Singh, MD
Staff Surgeon
Cole Eye Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Lerner College of Medicine
Cleveland, OH


Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

Medical Education Resources (MER) and Infinity Medical Education require instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to MER policy. MER is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interest related to the content of this activity:

Rishi P. Singh, MD, has disclosed grant research funded by Apellis and Graybug. Additionally, he has received consulting fees from Genentech, Regeneron, Zeiss, Optos, Bausch and Lomb, Novartis and Alcon. He has agreed to disclose any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or products referenced in her/his presentation.

Medical Education Resources’ planners and managers have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

The employees of Infinity Medical Education, LLC have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Education Resources (MER) and Infinity Medical Education. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Instructions for Receiving Credit

A statement of credit will be issued upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 66% or better.

Statement of Commercial Support

This continuing medical education activity is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Disclosure Regarding Unlabeled Use

This activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussions of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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