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Osteoporosis

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Course Description

Acknowledgement: This module is supported by a grant from the Donald Reynolds Foundation.

Osteoporosis is common, and associated fractures are both costly and morbid. This virtual patient module is an interactive web-based tool aimed at educating physicians on the importance of recognizing osteoporosis, as well as practical information on how to diagnose and manage osteoporosis in different clinical settings. Special attention is given to application of the FRAX tool, as well as the 2008 National Osteoporosis Foundation Guidelines.

This module consists of four cases, 1) a 70 year-old postmenopausal with risk factors and needs to be screened for osteoporosis 2) an 84 year-old nursing home resident with hip fracture 3) a 73 year-old woman with glucocorticoid induced osteoporosis and 4) 74 year-old male with osteoporosis. Each case has questions interspersed along feedback with correct answers and links/video clips for additional information. Each case ends with teaching summary and references.

Original Release: 2/11/2010
Most Recent Update: 8/15/2014
Termination Date: 8/15/2017

NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS: The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

COST: $40.00 for the average learner. Participants living in emerging nations receive a 50% discount or can register for free. See our International Pricing Page for details.

OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. The learner will know how to screen, diagnose, and treat osteoporosis in different clinical settings.

CLINICAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. The learner will know how to screen and treat osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
  2. The learner will know how to diagnose and treat osteoporosis following a fracture.
  3. The learner will recognize and manage glucocorticoid associated osteoporosis.
  4. The learner will recognize risk of osteoporosis in men.

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION:

Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the case presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.

In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity before the termination date (see above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.

COMBINATION OF MEDIA USED:

This internet enduring material is a case-based, interactive presentation comprised mainly of text, interactive questions, and images. A variety of media, including video clips, audio clips, and Flash animation, may be presented. Links to any necessary plugins are provided when necessary, but no plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.

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Faculty
SARAH BERRY, MD
Course Co-Director
Dr. Berry is a Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Geriatrician, clinical researcher, and Instructor in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, MA. Her primary research focus has been on outcomes following hip fractures, both in the community and nursing home settings. She is additionally interested in studying falls and fall prevention measures. Her current research will examine the temporal effects of medication changes on the acute risk of falls in the nursing home setting.

DISCLOSURE:
Merck, Pfizer, Glaxo-SmithKline, Amgen grants, clinical trials for the treatment of osteoporosis



DEVYANI MISRA, MD
Course Co-Director
Devyani Misra, MD, is a board-certified geriatrician and rheumatologist, clinical researcher and junior faculty at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Misra's clinical and research interests are in musculoskeletal diseases in the elderly, namely osteoporotic fractures, osteoarthritis and frailty.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



ZALDY TAN, M.D., M.P.
Course Co-Director
Dr. Zaldy S. Tan is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Education at the Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Aging and the GRECC, VA Boston Healthcare System. He is an investigator at the Framingham Heart Study, where his research focuses on the risk and protective factors for dementia. Dr Tan was the founding director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His current clinical practice focuses on the promotion of healthy aging and the prevention of disease. He is also Associate Program Director of the Harvard Geriatric Medicine Fellowship and performs research on the use of instructional technology in quality improvement initiatives for older patients.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



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Reviewers
JENNIFER POTTER, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Potter is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She founded and directs the Women’s Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is Director of Women’s Health at Fenway Health Center in Boston. Author of numerous online women’s health curricula, including The Breast Exam, The Pelvic Exam, Talking with Patients about Sex, Women’s Health Care Competencies for Medical Students and the Women’s Disability Education Project, co-editor of a seminal textbook, The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health, and a frequent lecturer at CME conferences, she has established a national reputation as a women’s health expert. Dr. Potter is recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Susan M. Love Award, and the 2009 Harold Amos Award for her contributions to increasing attention to women’s health care and enhancing diversity in the medical community.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



HAROLD ROSEN, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Rosen did his MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his internship at Montefiore Hospital, and his residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He did fellowships in Endocrinology and Geriatrics at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He spent years doing clinical research in osteoporosis, when he investigated the relationship between vitamin K and bone, thyroid hormone-induced bone loss, and the role of biochemical markers of bone turnover. In 1998 he became the Director of the Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In this capacity he runs bone densitometry, sees patients in consultation for osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, and teaches students, residents and fellows.

DISCLOSURE:
Novartis: Speakers Bureau Content area: Osteoporosis



MARGARET SETON, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Margaret Seton is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she serves as Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program. She is committed to improving the education of medical students, residents and fellows in the basic science of rheumatic diseases, and in the development of skills that ensure thoughtful, compassionate patient care to persons of all races and socioeconomic standing. Her publications to date focus on general rheumatology, in which she has co-authored texts with fellows, residents and faculty; on being a doctor; and on Paget’s disease of bone, which remains her specific area of expertise and research interest.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



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Course Planners
SANJIV CHOPRA, MD
Planner
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the the James Tullis Firm Chief in the Department of Medicine and a Senior Consultant in Hepatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. He served as Faculty Dean for Continuing Education at HMS for 12 years. Dr. Chopra has more than 150 publications and seven books to his credit. Dr. Chopra is Editor-in-Chief of the Hepatology Section of UpToDate, the most widely used electronic textbook in the world subscribed to by more than 850,000 physicians in 149 countries. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. For a complete bio, click here.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



ANDI LONG, EdM
Planner
Andi Long directs the Department of Continuing Education’s Distance Learning group, which offers a variety of online continuing medical education programs to health care professionals around the world. Andi develops strategies for new pilot programs and systematically rolls out new distance learning initiatives and has a leadership role in IT planning and other online processes for HMS DCE. She oversees the day-to-day operations of each distance learning activity and ensures ACCME compliance across all enduring programs. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of Harvard Medical School Faculty members to develop high-quality, engaging online programs that physicians in more than 170 countries have taken part in. Andi earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in English. Her professional interests focus on teaching and learning with new technologies and online course development.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



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Accreditation

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 2 

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

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Within 2 weeks of completing the course, you will receive your certificate via email.

Click the image to view a sample of the certificate


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General Information

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Computers
Any computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Unix machines are supported.


Internet Connection
Your computer should be configured to access the Internet. A high speed internet connection may be required to view some of the large multimedia files.

Browsers
Firefox or Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher are recommended. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.

Plugins
Some of the multimedia resources in this course require Apple Quicktime, RealMedia, or a Flash player. You will be prompted to download the appropriate plugin when necessary. No plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.


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