Avoiding “Loss of Chance”… Improving the Screening, Treatment, and Referral of Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy

1.25 CME
$0 FEE
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Provider Statement: This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

Support Statement: This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Target Audience: The intended audience for this activity is endocrinologists, diabetologists, diabetes educators, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with diabetic retinopathy.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of the activities, participants should be better able to:

  • Examine the pathophysiology behind diabetic retinopathy to better comprehend how treatment may improve vision loss.
  • Employ current screening and referral guidelines pertaining to diabetic retinopathy to assist in the prevention of visual loss in patients with diabetes.
  • Assess the use of imaging in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with diabetes.
  • Compare current treatment options for diabetic retinopathy for their safety, efficacy, and ability to improve visual acuity.

Activity Co-Chairs:
Rishi P. Singh, MD
Staff Physician, Cole Eye Institute
Medical Director, Clinical Systems Office
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, FRCP
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
Tullis–Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes
Chief, Section of Endocrinology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA

Sangeeta R. Kashyap, MD

Associate Professor Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Department of  Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Cleveland, OH

Jennifer K. Sun, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Center for Clinical Eye Research and Trials
Beetham Eye Institute
Boston, MA


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Credit Designation:

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse practitioners participating in activities can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, September 1, 2015, through September 1, 2016.

How To Participate in this Activity and Obtain CME Credit:
To participate in this CME activity, you must read the articles, complete the CME posttest, and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 7 out of 10 of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate.

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Planning Committee and Faculty members report the following relationship(s):
Rishi P. Singh, MD
Consulting Fees: Alcon, Genentech, Regeneron, ThromboGenics
Speakers Bureau: Genentech, Regeneron, ThromboGenics
Ownership Interest: Ophthotech

Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, FRCP
Contracted Research (paid to institution): Abbott, Asahi, Eli Lilly, Endo Barrier, Gilead Sciences, Novo Nordisk  
Consulting Fee: Abbott, Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Novo Nordisk, Pamlab, Sanofi-Aventis, Takeda
Speakers Bureau: Abbott, Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Novo Nordisk, Pamlab, Sanofi-Aventis, Takeda

Sangeeta R. Kashyap, MD
Contracted Research: Covidien, Ethicon

Jennifer K. Sun, MD, MPH
Consulting Fee: Allergan, Kowa, Regeneron
Contracted Research: Boston Micromachines, Genentech, Optovue

External reviewer reports the following relationship(s):
Joseph Burke, MD
Speakers Bureau: ThromboGenics

Medical Writer reports the following relationship(s):
Michelle Dalton, ELS
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s):
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Unlabeled and Investigational Usage:
The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.

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