Target Audience


This activity is designed for healthcare professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals of all specialties.

Goals and Objectives


The evaluation of GI bleeding, especially in complex, elderly individuals, requires a team approach. Evaluation and treatment algorithms are rapidly changing. Through very interactive and practical case presentations, the goal is to update the primary care provider to assist with selection of the best possible alternatives. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Examine the risk factors that lead to GI bleeding;
  • Describe the limitations of colonoscopy;
  • Utilize “Alarm Symptoms” when evaluating patients.

Course Information


CME Release Date: January 04, 2019
Valid for credit through: January 04, 2020
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available


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

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit


To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Peter Buch, MD

Peter Buch, MD, AGAF, FACP

Dr Peter Buch is a clinical gastroenterologist with 35 years of teaching experience.  Teaching is his passion and his style is case based, practical, interactive and fun. He is a graduate of Downstate Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center.

Dr Buch is an Associate Clinical Professor at both the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He has taught at the University of Connecticut APRN School.

Disclosure:

  • Dr.Buch has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Buch does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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