Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders

Full Course:  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Short Course:  10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Internists, General Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants (PA-C's)

Series 9 (EMD9) Topics Include:  Type 1 vs Type 2 Diabetes, Fine-Needle Biolpsies of Thyroid Nodules, Metabolic Functions of the Pituitary, Subclinical Hyperthyroidism, Congenital Hypopituitarism Symptoms, and more.

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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus/The Difficult Patient

Differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus; Compare risks of type 2 diabetes mellitus in childhood to those in adulthood; Choose among the treatment options for youth with type 2 diabetes mellitus; Characterize 4 types of difficult patients; Implement effective strategies for dealing with difficult patients and families.


Counsel a woman with diabetes who presents for preconception advice; Identify risk factors for poor obstetric outcomes in women with diabetes; Manage hypertension and hyperlipidemia during pregnancy preeclampsia; Ask women of reproductive age about their plans for pregnancy; Summarize the relationship between hormonal methods of contraception and risks for gynecologic cancer.

Update on Endocrine Surgery

List the indications for fine-needle biopsy of thyroid nodules; Determine whether a patient with a thyroid nodule would benefit from molecular testing; Specify the role of molecular testing in the prognosis of thyroid cancer; Identify patients with primary hyperparathyroidism in whom a surgical approach is appropriate; Choose appropriate diagnostic studies in patients for whom surgical resection is being considered for primary hyperparathyroidism.

Diabetes Update

Summarize the key findings of the DiRECT trial; Compare the recommendations for management of diabetes issued by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; Recognize the risks and benefits of common classes of drugs used to manage type 2 diabetes; Manage a patient with type 2 diabetes who does not achieve adequate control with first-line therapy; Counsel a patient who requests a continuous glucose monitor.

Group B Streptococcus /Treatment of Diabetes and Body Weight

Identify patients who require intrapartum antibiotics for the prevention of invasive GBS disease; Select appropriate antibiotics for patients with penicillin allergy; Stratify risk for GBS disease in neonates based on clinical signs and risk factors; Counsel diabetic patients about medications associated with weight loss or weight gain; Compare different types of insulin and their effects on body weight.

Monitoring Depth of Anesthesia/Endocrine Disease

Recognize intraoperative conditions that can create artifacts in anesthetic depth monitors; Elaborate on how the algorithms used by different anesthetic depth monitors convert an electroencephalography signal to a 0 to 100 scale; Summarize the metabolic functions of the pituitary, thyroid, and parathyroid glands; Anticipate common comorbidities in patients with thyroid, parathyroid, and pituitary disease; Perioperatively optimize patients with endocrine disorders.

Diabetes /Gallbladder Disease

Distinguish type 1 diabetes from type 2 diabetes based on clinical findings; Identify signs of ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes and maturityonset diabetes of the young; Counsel patients with diabetes about continuous glucose monitoring devices; Work up patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic gallstones; Select effective treatment of patients with complications of gallstone disease.

Subclinical Thyroid Dysfunction

Identify patients with subclinical or mild hypothyroidism; Select patients most likely to benefit from treatment for mild hypothyroidism; Evaluate findings of studies on the association between mild hypothyroidism and impairments in mood or cognition; Elaborate on the long-term adverse effects of subclinical hyperthyroidism on the heart and bone; Provide patients with effective options for treatment of subclinical hyperthyroidism.

Incidentalomas/Cervical Spine Clearance/Hernia Mesh

Evaluate patients presenting with an adrenal incidentaloma; Plan treatment strategies in patients with pheochromocytoma; Select trauma patients who should undergo magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine; Identify the synthetic mesh with the lowest risk for infection; Compare synthetic mesh with biologic mesh in the repair of hernias.

Growth Disorders/Thyroid Disorders

Recognize signs and symptoms of congenital hypopituitarism; Determine the cause of short stature in a child; Choose appropriate tests for the diagnosis of thyroid disorders in children; Select therapeutic interventions for treatment of Graves disease in pediatric patients; Distinguish exogenous causes of hyperthyroidism from endogenous causes.


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Other courses of interest may include: Pediatrics, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Obesity, and Nutrition.