Activity Chair

Bradley A. Connor, MD
Bradley A. Connor, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

Consulting Fee: Romark, Valneva
Speakers' Bureau: Paxvax, Romark, Salix, Valneva


Herbert L. DuPont, MD, MACP
Herbert L. DuPont, MD, MACP
Professor and Director
Center for Infectious Disease, UT Health
President and CEO
Kelsey Research Foundation
Houston, TX

Consulting Fee: BioK, Cubist, Merck, Salix, Seres Health
Contracted Research: NAID, RADIX/NIH, Rebiotix, Seres Health, Takeda, Texas Department of State Health Services

Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD
Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD
Professor of Medicine
Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine
Director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Royalty: SLACK, Inc.
Consulting Fee: Abbott /Abbvie, Activis, Alaven, Ferring, Hospira, Janssen Orthobiotech, Luitpold/American Regent, Pfizer, Prometheus, Romark, Salix, Santarus, Shire, Takeda, UCB
Contracted Research: Ferring, Janssen Orthobiotech, Prometheus, Salix, Santarus, Shire, UCB
Research Grant (paid to institution): Janssen Orthobiotech
Author Honoraria: McMahon Publishing, Up-to-Date
Editor Honoraria: Clinical Advances in Gastroenterology, Gastro-Hep Communications, Springer Science and Business Media

Lawrence R. Schiller, MD
Lawrence R. Schiller, MD
Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Consulting Fee: Romark, Valeant
Speakers’ Bureau: AbbVie, Allergan, AstraZeneca, Valeant

Ronald A. Codario, MD, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vindico Medical Education Staff: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed Disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Compliance.

Accredited By

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Romark, L.C.

Activity Details

Credit Type: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Credit Amount: 1.5
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Expiration Date: August 24, 2017
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 1.5
Registration Required: No
Fee for Activity: None

Activity Description

This CME activity is based on the Expert Panel Discussion which occurred on March 28, 2016 in New York, NY titled “Differentiating and Managing Diarrhea: A Persistent Dilemma.”

Statement of Educational Need

Approximately 2-4 billion episodes of infectious diarrhea occur worldwide each year, placing a burden on quality of life. It is important that clinicians are able to properly diagnose and treat the cause of diarrhea. Because various pathogens can produce similar symptoms, clinicians face challenges in accurately diagnosing and thus appropriately treating the cause of infection. In this activity, leading gastroenterologists will discuss the latest therapeutic advancements in the identification and treatment of infectious diarrhea in adults.


Introduction and Overview
Bradley A. Connor, MD

Acute, Chronic, and Persistent Diarrhea
Lawrence R. Schiller, MD

Epidemiology, Etiology and Differential Diagnosis of Persistent Diarrhea: A Focus on Parasites
Bradley A. Connor, MD

Evidence-based Medicine Treatment Algorithm
Herbert L. DuPont, MD, MACP

Protozoan Infectious Diarrhea in Adolescents and Adults: A Case-Based Review
Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Differentiate acute, persistent, and chronic diarrhea based on impact on the immunocompetent patient journey and quality of life.
  • Evaluate the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and differential diagnosis of protozoal diarrhea in adults.
  • Review evidence-based treatment algorithms and the latest clinical data for diarrhea management.
  • Summarize the rationale, considerations, and value of appropriate empiric therapy.
  • Examine the real-world clinical utility of available therapies for the management of diarrhea via a series of case studies.

Target Audience

The intended audience for the activity is gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with protozoal diarrhea.

Requirements for Successful Completion

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, view CME Content, and complete the CME posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 3 out of 4 of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate.

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Accreditation Statement

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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