EBR Online 2015: Calcium & Bone

Unlike other board preparation meetings, the Endocrine Society's Board Review Course offers a comprehensive mock-exam format, with case-based ABIM-style questions forming the bulk of the presentations. Each section follows the ABIM blueprint for the board exam, covering the breadth and depth of the certification/recertification examination. But you won't just get a right or wrong answer—each case will be discussed in detail, with the correct and incorrect answer options reviewed. You'll also have the opportunities to review questions asked to the faculty, compare results from other participants, and read detailed answer explanations, references, and a customized score report.

Target Audience

This continuing medical education activity should be of substantial interest to endocrinologists, internists, and endocrine fellows preparing for the board examination or recertification; or endocrinologists and other health care practitioners seeking a review in endocrinology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the interplay of internal and external factors in bone health at different life stages
  • Effectively diagnose hypercalcemia and determine best treatment options
  • Apply the tools available for identifying patients with hyperparathyroidism and delineate the underlying pathophysiology
  • Explain the tools available for identifying patients at high risk for fracture to improve outcomes by reducing fracture risk
  • Identify tumor-induced osteomalacia and describe the treatment options
  • Diagnose and effectively manage Paget disease given the available pharmacologic options
  • Diagnose and manage hypocalcemia
  • Identify the best therapeutic option for osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Identify adult patients with osteomalacia induced by hypophosphatemic disorders
  • Diagnose the origin of low serum phosphorus
  • Successfully complete the Calcium and Bone medical content area of the board examination for certification or recertification in the subspecialty of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism

Additional Information

Target Audience: 
Clinical researcher
Scientific researcher
Nurse/Nurse practitioner
Physician assistant
Allied health professional
Competency Area: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Systems-based Practice
Topic Area: 
Bone and Calciotropic Hormones
Level of Outcomes: 
Level 1 (Participation)
Level 2 (Satisfaction)
Level 3A (Learning: Declarative Knowledge (Knows))
Level 3B (Learning: Procedural Knowledge (Knows How))
Level 4 (Learning: Competence (Shows How))
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 ABIM MOC
  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.75 CME Certificate of Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Endocrine Board Review Chair
David S. Cooper, MD – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Faculty Authors           
Richard J. Auchus, MD – University of Michigan
Shehzad S. Basaria, MD, MBBS – Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Rhonda M. Bentley-Lewis, MD, MBA – Massachusetts General Hospital
Daniel H. Bessesen, MD – University of Colorado School of Medicine
Jennifer B. Marks, MD – University of Miami
Mark E. Molitch, MD – Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, MSc – Boston University School of Medicine
Elizabeth A. Streeten, MD – University of Maryland School of Medicine
Margaret E. Wierman, MD – University of Colorado School of Medicine

Medical Editor  
Abbie L. Young, MS, CGC, ELS(D)

Disclosure Policy

The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in a 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 Endocrine Society has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationship(s) during the content development process for this activity:

Richard J. Auchus, MD: Consultant, Corcept Therapeutics, ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Investigator, Atterocor Pharmaceuticals, Neurocrine Biosciences, Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Scientific Advisory Board, Orphagen Pharmaceuticals

Rhonda M. Bentley-Lewis, MD, MBA: Committee Member and Spouse of Committee Member, Sanofi-Aventis; Consultant, Merck; Spouse of Consultant, Novartis

Daniel H. Bessesen, MD: Data Safety Monitoring Board Member, Enteromedics

Mark E. Molitch, MD: Consultant, Corcept, Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer; Consultant and Investigator, Ipsen Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Novo Nordisk, Inc.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Shehzad S. Basaria, MD, MBBS; David S. Cooper, MD; Jennifer B. Marks, MD; Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, MSc; Elizabeth A. Streeten, MD; Margaret E. Wierman, MD

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

Available Credit

  • 1.75 ABIM MOC
  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.75 CME Certificate of Participation