Accelerating Early Detection and Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy in Rural and Underserved Settings: Practical Strategies for Improving Patient-Centered Care and Visual Outcomes

Released On
August 31, 2022

Expires On
August 31, 2023

Media Type

Completion Time
60 minutes

Endocrinology, Geriatric Medicine, Hospitalist, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Primary Care

Diabetes, Geriatric Medicine

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This activity is jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RME Collaborative.


This online program is recorded content from the live session at the Rural Health Clinical Congress Spring 2022 and co-supported by independent medical education grants from AbbVie, Inc.; Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • Nurses — 1.0 Contact Hour (0.5 contact hour of pharmacotherapy credit)

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This activity is designed specifically for primary care clinicians, registered nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses who care for patients from rural and underserved areas.

Program Overview

Diabetic retinopathy affects an estimated 7.7 million Americans and is the most common cause of blindness in working-age adults. Early diagnosis and treatment reduce the risk of severe vision loss, but fewer than half of those with diabetes receive annual eye screening in accordance with recommended guidelines. Rural and underserved populations face greater challenges to obtaining recommended eye screening due to limited transportation and access to specialty care. In this activity, expert faculty will review current guideline recommendations for screening, classification of diabetic retinopathy, and new advances in treatment. Ways to overcome barriers and improve care access in rural and underserved communities will also be discussed.

This enduring activity is a recorded session from Rural Health Clinical Congress Spring 2022 that took place on May 21, 2022.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Utilize communication and education strategies to improve compliance with diabetic retinopathy care
  • Summarize the efficacy and safety of available treatment options for diabetic retinopathy
  • Examine strategies to improve multidisciplinary care of diabetic retinopathy in rural and underserved communities



Rishi P. Singh, MD

President and Staff Physician
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin Health
Stuart, FL
Professor of Ophthalmology
Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine
Cleveland, OH


Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP

Professor of Family and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RME Collaborative. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hour. Designated for 0.5 contact hour of pharmacotherapy credit for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RME Collaborative adhere to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies (commercial interests). All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to Postgraduate Institute for Medicine policy. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities related to the educational content of this CE activity:


Rishi P. Singh, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: consultant/advisory board for Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Alcon, AsclepiX Therapeutics, LLC, Genentech, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planners, Managers, and Reviewer

The RME Collaborative and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine planners, managers, and reviewer have nothing to disclose.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is offered at no cost to participants. To receive CME credit, participants must:

  1. Read the CME/CE information, including learning objectives and disclosure statements.
  2. Complete the pre-test.
  3. View the online activity.
  4. Complete the post-test and evaluation form.

A post-test score of 67% or higher is required to obtain credit. Your certificate will be made available for immediate download.

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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Fee Information

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Contact Information

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