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Lifestyle Medicine: Osteoporosis

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Course Description

Osteoporosis, osteopenia, and general bone health are common issues for primary care providers. Estimates suggest that 10-50% of bone mass and structure are determined by controllable lifestyle factors (4). Also, by increasing bone mass just 10%, a patient decreases their fracture risk by up to 50% (5). As physicians, we can educate our patients about bone health throughout their lifetime. This course gives practitioners simple guidelines for patients with regard to exercise and bone health. It also covers calcium and vitamin D intake recommendations through food and supplementation. This course explores falls and fractures, tobacco and alcohol’s impact on bone, and bisphosphonate compliance. Several website links are included to make integrating lifestyle modification for improved bone health a simple addition to your practice. It primarily focuses on the osteoporotic patient; however, it includes a section on childhood and teen bone health as well. Through understanding how lifestyle modification significantly impacts bone health, we can prevent patients from developing osteoporosis, and help patients who already have osteoporosis. Through an interactive case study, this course trains physicians to maximize the impact that lifestyle modification can have on their patients’ bone health.

Original Release: 12/20/2010
Most Recent Update: 1/7/2014
Termination Date: 1/7/2017

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

This course should take approximately 1 hours to complete.

COST: COST: $25.00

OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Train physicians to recommend lifestyle medicine interventions for their osteoporotic and osteopenic patients.
  2. Train physicians regarding the important aspects of a patient’s lifestyle that affect his or her bone health and fracture risk.

CLINICAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. • Understand the importance of exercise in relation to bone health and give appropriate exercise recommendations to osteoporotic and osteopenic patients.
  2. Train physicians to recommend optimal intake of calcium and vitamin D for their patients.
  3. Explore falls and fractures and what can be done to minimize both.
  4. Assist physicians with knowing how tobacco and alcohol use impact bone health.
  5. Review the importance of lifestyle choices on bone health for children and teens.
  6. Understand the importance of medication compliance with bisphosphonates.

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
EDWARD M. PHILLIPS, MD
Course Director
Edward M. Phillips, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of Outpatient Medical Services of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Phillips’ clinical and academic work at the intersection of exercise physiology and mental health spawned his interest in Lifestyle Medicine. He is founder and director of The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Phillips serves on the American College of Sports Medicine task force that has initiated and developed the Exercise is Medicine program. His book on the topic, Exercise is Medicine, The Clinician's Guide to the Exercise Prescription was published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins in early 2009.

DISCLOSURE:
Johnson & Johnson, consultant, Health and Wellness Merck, consultant



MICHELLE TOLLEFSON, MD
Course Contributor
Michelle Tollefson MD graduated Summa Cum Laude from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she did her undergraduate and medical school training. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. After spending time in a private obstetrics and gynecology private practice, she then went on to work for Poudre Valley Health System, as the director of women’s wellness education. She is currently an Assistant Professor for the Department of Health Professions at Metropolitan State College of Denver, in the Integrative Therapies Program. As a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a certified Wellcoach, she enjoys providing evidence based lectures that focus on various aspects of wellness for the community. Dr. Tollefson is also a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians.

DISCLOSURE:
The commercial entities with which I have relationships do not produce health-care related products or services relevant to the content I am planning, developing or presenting for this activity.



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Reviewers
LESLIE MORSE, MD
Reviewer
Bio and Photo Coming Soon.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



DAVID SLOVIK, MD
Reviewer
Bio and Photo Coming Soon.

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: 1 

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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 1 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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