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Promoting Health Equity in the Care of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Authors: Amol Sharma, MD; Jennifer A. Christie, MD; Kyle Staller, MD, MPH
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 2/9/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 2/9/2023, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, and patients/caregivers.

The goal of this activity is to improve the provision of equitable healthcare for racially and ethnically diverse patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Disparities that exist in the management of IBS among people of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds  
    • Perspectives on IBS care among patients from different racial and ethnic origins  
  • Have greater competence related to
    • Strategies for providing racially and culturally sensitive care for patients with IBS  
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to
    • Communicate about IBS symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments with patients of various racial and ethnic populations 


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  • Amol Sharma, MD

    Associate Professor
    Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    Medical College of Georgia
    Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University)
    Augusta, Georgia


    Grants for clinical research from: Vibrant, Ltd.
    Advisor or consultant for: Phathom Pharmaceuticals; Takeda Pharmaceuticals

  • Jennifer A. Christie, MD

    Professor and Executive Associate Division Director, Digestive Diseases
    Clinical Director and Medical Director ASC GI Endoscopy
    Master Clinician, The Emory Clinic
    The Emory University School of Medicine
    Atlanta, Georgia

    The opinions expressed are those of Dr Christie and do not necessarily reflect the views of Emory University or Emory Healthcare. Dr Christie's participation in this activity does not constitute or imply endorsement by Emory University or Emory Healthcare.


    Grants for clinical research from: Allergan Pharmaceuticals; Guardant Health

  • Kyle Staller, MD, MPH

    Gastrointestinal Motility Laboratory
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts


    Grants for clinical research from: Ironwood; Urovant
    Advisor or consultant for: Arena; Boston Pharmaceuticals; Gelesis; GI Supply; Shire/Takeda


  • Roderick Smith, MS

    Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC 


    Disclosure: Roderick Smith, MS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

  • Renata Feldman, PharmD

    Scientific Content Manager, Medscape, LLC 


    Disclosure: Renata Feldman, PharmD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

Compliance Reviewer

  • Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, CHCP, has no relevant financial relationships.

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This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has no relevant financial relationships.

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Developed through a collaboration between International Foundation of Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFDG) and Medscape Education.


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Promoting Health Equity in the Care of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Authors: Amol Sharma, MD; Jennifer A. Christie, MD; Kyle Staller, MD, MPHFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 2/9/2022

Valid for credit through: 2/9/2023, 11:59 PM EST


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