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Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality


This continuing education activity developed by the CDC and endorsed by the AGA provides guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement screening for colorectal cancer to help ensure that patients receive maximum benefit. 

There are two versions of this course: one for primary care providers and one for clinicians who perform colonoscopy. Continuing education is available for both versions.

Who Should Take this Course

The endoscopist version is intended for physicians who perform colonoscopy, nurses, and other health professionals.


At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to—

  1. Select appropriate colorectal cancer testing for each patient, consistent with screening and surveillance guidelines for different population subgroups.
  2. List the consequences of inadequate bowel preparation.
  3. Describe ways to help achieve good bowel preparation.
  4. For polyps identified during colonoscopy, list the polyp characteristics that should be documented in the colonoscopy report.
  5. List key quality indicators that should be monitored to improve colonoscopy performance.

About the Instructors

Narrated by David Lieberman, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Lieberman is a member of the Governing Board of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is a past president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2001–2002) and served as the Chair of the Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer for six years. He directs several large clinical research studies related to colorectal cancer and has published numerous articles related to colorectal cancer screening.

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