COVID-19 and Gastroenterology/Hepatology

Join Dr. Peter Buch as he reviews what you need to know about “COVID-19 and Gastroenterology/Hepatology”.

Target Audience

This activity is of value to primary care providers, including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

How does COVID-19 affect the GI tract and liver? Are famotidine and PPIs beneficial or harmful for my COVID-19 patients? What should I know about steroid use? What strategy should I consider for colon cancer screening if a patient does not want a colonoscopy? Join Dr. Peter Buch as he reviews what you need to know about “COVID-19 and Gastroenterology/Hepatology”.

At the conclusion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • To elaborate the GI and liver manifestations of COVID-19;
  • To ascertain the risks and long-term consequences of COVID-19;
  • To list GI medications that may exacerbate COVID-19;
  • To review an alternate paradigm of colon cancer evaluations in those patients fearful of having colonoscopies.

Additional Information

Southern Medical Association
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individual has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Peter Buch, MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP

Dr. Peter Buch is a clinical gastroenterologist with over 30 years of teaching experience. Teaching is his passion! His style is case based, practical, interactive and fun. Dr. Buch is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine. 

He is a graduate of Downstate Medical Center and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center (now a branch of Northwell Health).

Over the last several years, Dr. Buch has been honored to present at dozens of national conferences. He loves interacting with his audiences and always learns from them.

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

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity Enduring Material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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