Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Standardized Performance Assessment Laboratory Approach

Des Moines, IA US
May 6, 2017

This course is open to health care providers only. 

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Registration is limited to 24 participants.

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Colorectal cancer is a life-threatening disease that is highly treatable when found early. It is estimated that individuals that are diagnosed with localized colorectal cancer will have a 90% 5-year survival rate, and that individuals diagnosed at late stages will have a 10% 5-year survival rate.

This brings us to the 90/90 rule: individuals with colorectal cancer have a 90% chance for survival when treatment begins early, and a 90% chance for mortality when early diagnosis is missed.

Health care providers play a critical role in ensuring that their patients are appropriately screened for colorectal cancer. Join us for this great opportunity to learn more about barriers to colorectal cancer screening, practice your dialogue skills, and discover unique insights from the patient perspective.

Target Audience

Health care providers in primary care, family medicine, or other related specialties.

Click here for the April 17 activity for residents and DMU DO, DPM, and PA Students.


  • Review risk factors, signs, and symptoms of colorectal cancer.
  • Describe importance of accurate patient history in early detection of colorectal cancer.
  • Identify individuals at high-risk for colorectal cancer.
  • Recommend appropriate colorectal cancer screening options.
  • Refer to a GI specialist when necessary.


SPAL Photo

A Standardized Performance Assessment Laboratory (SPAL) provides a controlled educational environment in which the subject is able to interact with a real human individual, also knows as a standardized patient (SP), in a simulation exercise. During a SPAL encounter, the individual serving as a “provider” approaches the situation with only a patient chart, and they are left to obtain the remaining information need to make a diagnosis from the SP by asking appropriate questions during the visit. The use of a SPAL in health care education increases integration of information by working through a particular case scenario with the SP. 

Each participant will participate in a SPAL encounter as a provider and as a patient. There is much to gain from experiencing an office visit from the patient-perspective. As written by Rana Awdish, MD, in A View from the Edge - Creating a Culture of Caring, "as a patient, I was privy to the failures that I'd been blind to as a clinician." 

Join us to learn more and experience first-hand what you can do to better connect with your patients and ensure that you're providing the life-saving services that they need.


8: 45 amRegistration & breakfastRyan Hall 181
9 amJorge A. Zapatier, MD
Gastroenterologist, Mercy Clinics
Ryan Hall 181
9:45 am Break 
10 am1st SPAL encounterRyan Hall Lower Level
10:30 am2nd SPAL encounterRyan Hall Lower Level
11 amBreak 
11:15 amDebriefRyan Hall 181
12 pmAdjourn 


Jorge A. Zapatier, MD
Gastroenterologist, Mercy Clinics

Dr. Zapatier indicated he has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.



Educational Grant

This activity was provided by a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health.


3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/06/2017 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
05/06/2017 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SPAL - Ryan Hall Lower Level
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines UniversitIMS Logoy (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 2.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurses: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 3.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other health providers: This live activity is designated for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Available Credit

  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 IBON


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