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CME: Short Bowel Syndrome - updates from DDW 2018

Activity Description / Statement of Need:

In this online, self-learning activity:

Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a condition in which a patient exhibits malabsorption-induced diarrhea, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and malnutrition due to decreased nutrient absorption that results from extensive surgical resection of the intestine or congenital defects. It is a form of intestinal failure (IF), which is defined as a need for supplementary parenteral or enteral nutrition when intestinal function is insufficient to meet the body’s nutritional requirements. The prevalence of SBS has been estimated to be 3–4 per million patients in the U.S. based on home parenteral nutrition (HPN) data, and in adults undergoing intestinal resection, SBS is estimated to occur in 15% of adult patients, with 75% of patients undergoing a single massive resection.

Target Audience:

The following healthcare professionals: gastroenterologists and primary care physicians; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice in gastroenterology; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with short bowel syndrome.

This program is supported by an educational grant from Shire.

Release Date: October 07, 2018 -- Expiration Date: October 07, 2020

Faculty: Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri, MD


- Overview of SBS

- Epidemiology of SBS

- Updates from DDW 2018

- Summary

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Describe current trends in the epidemiology of SBS
  • List causes of SBS in pediatrics and adults
  • Review the clinical manifestations and complications of SBS
  • Summarize updates in medical management in SBS and apply them to patient cases
  • Discuss surgical strategies in the management of SBS and apply them to patient cases


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through ScientiaCME. ScientiaCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: ScientiaCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC Recognition Statement: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


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ScientiaCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. This program is approved for 1.0 hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing education.  Proof of participation will be posted to your NABP CPE profile within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the post-test.   Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit.  ACPE # 0574-0000-18-036-H01-P.  This is a Application (A)-type activity.

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Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Faculty Disclosure and Resolution of COI

As a provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and educational planners must disclose any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, and any relationships with the commercial supporter of the activity. The intent of this disclosure is to provide the intended audience with information on which they can make their own judgments. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. For this CME activity, any COI has been resolved through content review by ScientiaCME.

Faculty Disclosures:

Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine University of Miami/Miami Transplant Institute, has received honorarium from Merck, Gilead, AbbVie, Alexion, Eisai, Intercept, and research grants from Gilead, BMS, Mallinckrodt, Vital Therapies, Ocera Inc, Conatus/ Allergan, and Genfit

Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.

Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Shire.


  • Read the learning objectives above
  • Take the Pre-Test (optional). Completion of the pre-test will help us evaluate the knowedge gained by participating in this CME activity.
  • View the online activity. You may view this is in more than one session, and may pause or repeat any portion of the presentation if you need to.
  • Take the post-test
  • Complete the activity evaluation and CME registration. A CE certificate will be emailed to you immediately.

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