Better Bones: A Course on Osteoporosis & Metabolic Bone Disease

As a supplemental course to the Endocrine Society’s Fellows Training Series (FTS), this course focuses on providing a comprehensive update on bone diseases, the basics and state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, and the newest clinical guidelines for hypo- and hyperparathyroidism presented by renowned experts in the field. It is targeted to deliver comprehensive education on practical aspects of patient care through interactive and multi-faceted learning opportunities. This course series features 6 programs that will be released on a monthly basis providing free continuing medication education credit. You can take courses individually or the entire package dependent on your learning needs.

Featuring curated presentations, case questions, and learning resources, this course extends the educational reach by creating an interactive experience online for a broader audience. Each module will include:
•    Knowledge, skill, or perception questions
•    Clinical case vignettes
•    Answer comparisons
•    Additional practice resources

Certified for up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit and 1.0 ABIM MOC Point.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the activities, participants should be better able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence, pathophysiology, and progression of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases.
  • Recognize and evaluate individuals at risk for bone fractures using appropriate imaging and diagnostic approaches and updated guidelines.
  • Discuss methods to Incorporate treatment strategies, including nutrition and exercise intervention, to reduce bone fragility and fracture risk in individuals with metabolic bone disease.
  • Devise individualized treatment strategies to manage osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases that take into consideration predicted outcomes and limitations.

Additional Information

Target Audience: 
Clinical researcher
Scientific researcher
Nurse/Nurse practitioner
Physician assistant
Allied health professional
Competency Area: 
Medical Knowledge
Topic Area: 
Bone and Calciotropic Hormones
Level of Outcomes: 
Level 1 (Participation)
Level 4 (Learning: Competence (Shows How))
Activity summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 





Release Date 

Marc Wein, MD, PhD 

Back to Bone Basics: Fundamentals in Bone Health 


Elaine W. Yu, MD, MMSc 

Patient Evaluation: Recognizing and Assessing Fracture Risk 


Carolyn J. Crandall, MD, MS, FACP, Fellow of ASBMR, CCD 

Treating Osteoporosis with Antiresorptives 


Bente Langdahl, MD, PhD, DMSc 

Osteoporosis: An Update on Sequential and Combination Therapy 


Mary Bouxsein, PhD 

Bone Biomechanics and Advanced Imaging 


Michael Mannstadt, MD 

Calcium Metabolism and the Parathyroids: Hyper- and Hypoparathyroidism



The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to the Endocrine Society and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. Financial relationships are defined by remuneration in any amount from the commercial interest(s) in the form of grants; research support; consulting fees; salary; ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds); honoraria or other payments for participation in speakers' bureaus, advisory boards, or boards of directors; or other financial benefits. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent CME planners with relevant financial relationships from planning or delivery of content, but rather to provide learners with information that allows them to make their own judgments of whether these financial relationships may have influenced the educational activity with regard to exposition or conclusion.

The following faculty reported  relevant financial relationships during the content development process for this activity: 

Marc Wein, M.D., Ph.D.Research Support, Radius Health, Inc., Galapagos NV.  Consulting Fees, Quench Bio, Galapagos NV

Elaine W. Yu, MD, MMSc: NIH Grants: NIDDK.  Research Grants: Amgen, Seres Therapeutics, Doris Duke Clinical Research Foundation.  UpToDate: Royalties for various Osteoporosis topics

The Endocrine Society has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The following SPC member who planned and reviewed content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships:  Beret Anne Casey, MD

The following SPC Committee members reported financial relationships:

Andjela T. Drincic, MDAdvisory Board Member, Corcept
Sergio Fazio, MD, PhDConsultant, Amarin, Amgen, Akcea, Aegerion, Esperion, Novartis
Angela M. Leung, MDSpeaker, Medical Education Resources, MCE Conferences, ATA Board Member
Amy Rothberg, MDSpouse, consultant of Merck
Katherine Araque, MDSpeaker, Novo Nordisk; Advisory Board, Corcept

The Endocrine Society has reviewed these relationships to determine which are relevant to the content of this activity and resolved any identified conflicts of interest for these individuals.

The following SPC members reported no relevant financial relationships: Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, MD, Neena Natt, MD; Kelly Lauter Roszko, MD, PhD; Deborah Sellmeyer, MD; Savitha Subramanian, MD; Soleymani Taraneh, MD; Steven Weitzman, MD

The Endocrine Society staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.

DISCLAIMERS USE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT: The educational content in this activity relates to basic principles of diagnosis and therapy and does not substitute for individual patient assessment based on the health care provider’s examination of the patient and consideration of laboratory data and other factors unique to the patient. Standards in medicine change as new data become available.

DRUGS AND DOSAGES: When prescribing medications, the physician is advised to check the product information sheet accompanying each drug to verify conditions of use and to identify any changes in drug dosage schedule or contraindications.

POLICY ON UNLABELED/OFF-LABEL USE The Endocrine Society has determined that disclosure of unlabeled/off-label or investigational use of commercial product(s) is informative for audiences and therefore requires this information to be disclosed to the learners at the beginning of the presentation. Uses of specific therapeutic agents, devices, and other products discussed in this educational activity may not be the same as those indicated in product labeling approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Endocrine Society requires that any discussions of such “off-label” use be based on scientific research that conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and data analysis. Before recommending or prescribing any therapeutic agent or device, learners should review the complete prescribing information, including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse events.

PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT The Endocrine Society will record learner’s personal information as provided on CME evaluations to allow for issuance and tracking of CME certificates. The Endocrine Society may also track aggregate responses to questions in activities and evaluations and use these data to inform the ongoing evaluation and improvement of its CME program. No individual performance data or any other personal information collected from evaluations will be shared with third parties.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COMMERCIAL SUPPORT This educational activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Amgen, Inc.

The Endocrine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit:

The Endocrine Society designates each enduring activity module of this series for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. While offering CME credits noted above, this program is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

Please note that while other accrediting bodies accept AMA PRA Category 1 credit, we can only award and report this credit for MDs/DOs. For those outside of this accreditation, please complete the participation evaluation and use that certificate as proof of attendance to submit to your accrediting body.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC):

Successful completion each enduring activity module of this series, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.