Medical Crossfire®: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing the IBS Patient


Release Date: December 28, 2017
Expiration Date: December 28, 2018
Media: Internet - based

Activity Overview

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder without specific structural abnormalities or lab tests, leading to patient and clinician barriers to diagnosis and effective treatment. During this Medical Crossfire®, expert faculty will engage in a multidisciplinary roundtable moderated by a family physician and including a gastroenterologist, a physician assistant, and a patient with IBS to discuss how to increase confidence in diagnosing IBS and individualizing IBS management. This videotaped expert panel discussion covers topics including categorization of IBS by disease severity and symptoms, impact on quality of life, the biopsychosocial model of IBS and treatment approaches with both current and new and emerging therapies.  Faculty will emphasize the value of effective communication between gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, specialty nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and patients in a patient-centered approach.

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Salix Pharmaceuticals and MJH Healthcare Holdings, LLC

Instructions for This Activity and Receiving Credit

  • You will need to login to participate in the activity.
  • Each presentation may contain an interactive question(s). You may move forward through the presentation; however, you may not go back to change answers or review videos/content until you finish the presentation.
  • At the end of the activity, “educational content/video files” will be available for your reference.
  • In order to receive a CME/CE certificate, participants must complete the activity.
  • Complete the posttest and pass with a score of 70% or higher, complete the evaluation and then click on request for credit. Participants may immediately download a CME/CE certificate upon completion of these steps.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of gastroenterologists, general practitioners, OB/GYNs, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of IBS patients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, you should be better prepared to:

  • Identify the key symptoms and diagnostic criteria to confidently diagnose IBS without unnecessary testing
  • Describe the key features of mild, moderate, and severe IBS
  • Describe the dietary modifications and medications used for IBS-D and IBS-C symptoms according to their actions and recent clinical trial data to implement an effective individualized treatment plan
  • Outline a plan for regular communications with patients utilizing the skills associated with building trust and increasing patient participation in their care
  • Describe a multidisciplinary approach to ensure continuity of care that leverages the complementary expertise of all health professionals involved in care of patients with IBS

Faculty Presenters

Paul P. Doghramji, MD
Family Physician
Collegeville Family Practice
Medical Director, Health Services
Ursinus College
Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Disclosure: No financial information to disclose.
Douglas A. Drossman, MD
Drossman Gastroenterology and Rome Foundation
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Disclosure: In the past 12 months, Dr. Drossman has worked as a consultant for Shire, Salix, AbbVie, Nestle, and BioAmerica.
Meghan Huff, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Drossman Gastroenterology
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Disclosure: No financial information to disclose.
Johannah Ruddy, M.Ed.
Executive Director
Rome Foundation
Raleigh, North Carolina

Disclosure: No financial information to disclose.

The staff of PER® have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement(s):

This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit is provided by Global Education Group.

Credit Designation Statement(s):

Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC (PER®). Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

Global Education Group is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This educational activity for 1.5 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:

This activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label uses of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME/CE activity is for continuing medical and nursing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a physician or nurse relative to the diagnostic, treatment, and management options for a specific patient’s medical condition.
The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, or any of the companies that provided commercial support for this activity.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
Instructions: To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/Exam History, which you can access at any time.

Accreditor Disclosure:

The following contributors have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Global Education Group
Planning StaffLindsay Borvansky; Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN; Andrea Funk; and Liddy Knight

Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC (PER®)
The following contributors have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Planning StaffDavid HeckardMaryjo Dixon, RPh; Gloria Lauria; and Kathleen Bowen

Educational Disclaimer

Continuing education activities are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of professional advice or referral. Discussions concerning drugs, dosages, and procedures may reflect the clinical experience of the author(s) or they may be derived from the professional literature or other sources and may suggest uses that are investigational in nature and not approved labeling or indications. Participants are encouraged to refer to primary references or full prescribing information resources. 

System Requirements

PC-based participants
Required: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000
Macintosh-based participants
Required: Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) or newer
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