Acute Care Surgery

Emergent Management of Diverticulitis and Clostridium difficile Colitis for the Acute Care Surgeon

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: CME
  • Credit Amount: 1.00
  • Cost: $70.00
  • Release: Jul 23, 2014
  • Expires: Jul 22, 2020
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • Average User Rating:
    (1 Rating)


Eric K.  Johnson Eric K. Johnson, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Dept of Surgery
Section of Colorectal Surgery
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Tacoma, Washington

Needs Statement

Acute diverticulitis and C. difficile colitis are common problems faced by the acute care surgeon. Management of both conditions is undergoing a paradigm shift. It is important for surgeons treating these conditions to review the current literature and have complete understanding of available treatment options and indications.

Target Audience

General Surgeons and acute care surgeons who provide surgical care for patients with acute diverticulitis and clostridium difficile colitis.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify acceptable treatment options for acute diverticulitis based on Hinchey stage and presentation
  2. Identify individuals with C. difficile colitis who require surgery
  3. Describe safe options for treatment of CDAD (C. difficile associated disease)


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker, planner or content reviewer has any relevant financial relationships to disclose. No speaker will discuss the off-label use of a product.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Review Date

January 3, 2017