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Volume 19, Number 11—November 2013


Possible Association between Obesity and Clostridium difficile Infection

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Medscape, LLC is pleased to provide online continuing medical education (CME) for this journal article, allowing clinicians the opportunity to earn CME credit.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Medscape, LLC and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Medscape, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Medscape, LLC designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All other clinicians completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. To participate in this journal CME activity: (1) review the learning objectives and author disclosures; (2) study the education content; (3) take the post-test with a 70% minimum passing score and complete the evaluation at; (4) view/print certificate.

Release date: October 16, 2013; Expiration date: October 16, 2014

Learning Objectives

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

• Analyze the relationship between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)

• Compare risk factors for CDI among community-onset and healthcare-onset cohorts

• Evaluate the effect of obesity on the risk of CDI

• Assess the relationship between IBD and the risk of CDI based on patients’ degree of healthcare exposure.

CME Editor

Jean Michaels Jones, Technical Writer/Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Disclosure: Jean Michaels Jones has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Author

Charles P. Vega, MD, Health Sciences Clinical Professor; Residency Director, Department of Family Medicine, University of California, Irvine. Disclosure: Charles P. Vega, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


Disclosures: Jason Leung, MD; Bob Burke, RN, MA; Dale Ford, RN, MPH; Gail Garvin, RN, MEd; Cathy Korn, RN, MPH; Carol Sulis, MD; and Nahid Bhadelia, MD, MA, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships


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