Osteoporosis 101: Basic Concepts in Osteoporosis Diagnosis & Bisphosphonates

Ames, IA US
April 10, 2019

Mary Greeley Medical Center Grand Rounds is a multi-disciplinary clinical activity which serves to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.  

Target Audience

Physicians, Advance Practice Professionals, Medical Students (rotating), and Healthcare Administrators.

Purpose/Professional Practice Gap That Will Be Addressed

  • Timing of screening for osteoporosis.
  • Use of fracture risk estimate to guide therapy for osteoporosis.
  • Understanding the risk-benefit ratio associated with bisphosphonate use.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe mode of action and clinical effects of BP.
  • Explain anti-fracture effects of BP
  • Explain side effects of BP
  • Decide when to screen for osteoporosis
  • Interpret DXA scan results
  • Formulate treatment plan for patients with low bone density


Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MSc
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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  • Dr. Shibli-Rahhal indicates she has no financial relationships with a commercial entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients. 

CME Committee

  • No member of the Mary Greeley Medical Center CME Committee who planned this activity has any financial relationship to disclose relating to the content. 

This program is supported by gifts to the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation from Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, First American Bank, and Green Hills Health Care Center. The content and selection of speaker(s) is the responsibility of the Mary Greeley Medical Center for Continuing Medical Education Committee and not the sponsors of this program.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    04/10/2019 - 12:00pm CDT
    Event ends: 
    04/10/2019 - 1:00pm CDT
    Mary Greeley Medical Center
    Bessie Myers Auditorium
    1111 Duff Avenue
    Ames, IA 50010
    United States

    Continuing Education Credit

    DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.


    No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A


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