Ace the Case: A 27-Year-Old Female With Diarrhea

0.50 CME
$0 FEE
Ace The Case: A 27-Year-Old Female With Diarrhea


Provider Statement

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education

Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AbbVie Inc.

Activity Description

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), a frequent but commonly underdiagnosed and undertreated condition, is defined as a secretion of pancreatic enzymes and bicarbonate insufficient to maintain a normal digestion. Many gastroenterologists lack knowledge about the etiology of EPI, are challenged to differentially diagnose the condition, and are unfamiliar with nuances of treatment. In addition, patient follow-up is lacking, and patients themselves often lack the knowledge needed to practice effective self-management. In this continuing education activity, a web-based “Ace the Case” series, clinicians will be challenged to differentially diagnose and treat patients presenting with non-specific gastrointestinal symptoms.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is gastroenterologists and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.

Learning Objective

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to utilize evidence-based recommendations and best practices to differentially diagnose a patient presenting with symptoms of bloating, diarrhea, and steatorrhea.


Steven D. Freedman, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Translational Research
Harvard Medical School
Director, The Pancreas Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA


Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP

Medical Writer

Kaci Durbin, MD, MBA


Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, November 20, 2020, to November 19, 2021.

How to Participate in This Activity and Obtain CME Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, view the case, and complete the CME posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for the question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering the posttest question 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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Faculty reports the following relationship(s)

Steven D. Freedman, MD, PhD
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Reviewer reports the following relationship(s)

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Medical Writer reports the following relationship(s)

Kaci Durbin, MD, MBA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s)

No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

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

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2020 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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