Colonoscopy is a two-day course.
Faculty: Michael B. Harper, MD
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Earn up to 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ and AAFP Prescribed Credits
2017 Course Location Information
December 7-8 - HoustonJW Marriott Houston
- Online Reservations
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056
Colonoscopy Course Description
As the population ages, the incidence of colorectal polyps and cancer increases. Many are now suggesting that colonoscopy be the screening method of choice. Medicare now reimburses for screening colonoscopy and pays more if it is done in the office. In selected patients, colonoscopy can be performed in the clinician’s office which markedly reduces cost, time, and patient anxiety. For a multitude of reasons, more primary care clinicians are performing colonoscopy. For physicians who already provide flexible sigmoidoscopy for patients, offering colonoscopy is a practical addition. This CME course will review colonoscopy screening guidelines for indications, contraindications, equipment, sedation, and technique. Time will be allocated for review of normal and abnormal pathology. Participants will also have time for practicing the hands-on technique using colon models. Credentialing and privilege issues will be addressed.
This CME course is also designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians who are already performing colonoscopy, and desire to sharpen their diagnostic and technical skills. Techniques for the removal of polyps, treating bleeding lesions, and tattooing will be discussed. Hands-on time for practice on models will be provided. Significant time will be spent reviewing unusual pathology. There will be discussion of controversial issues and difficult cases. By the end of the course, participants should feel more confident in their ability to manage their patient's colonoscopy needs.
By the end of this activity, the participant should be better able to:
2017 Course Accreditation
- Review basic epidemiological and clinical presentation of colorectal cancer and the role of colonoscopy in screening and surveillance.
- Discuss the indications and contraindications for colonoscopy procedures.
- Discuss bowel preparation for colonoscopy and the process of obtaining informed consent.
- Discuss handling, cleaning, and disinfection of equipment used in colonoscopy.
- List the equipment needs and options for colonoscopy.
- Discuss the proper use of sedation and monitoring.
- Demonstrate and sicuss proper techniques for colon intubation, biopsy, polypectomy, cautery, control of bleeding.
- Discuss and demonstrate techniques for use of snares, saline injection and tattooing.
- Evaluate basic endoscopic findings — recognition of normal and abnormal.
- Implement strategies for obtaining privileges and credentials.
- Discuss coding practices and reimbursement patterns for lower GI endoscopy.
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
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