Colonoscopy Course Description
Course Credits: Earn up to 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and AAFP Prescribed Credits.
Colonoscopy is a two-day course.
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.