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  • Drs. Swaytha Ganesh and Abhinav Humar discuss the benefits of changing the paradigm around Living-Donor Liver Transplantations. 
  • Dr. James B. McGee presents a striking technological innovation called vpSim which is a virtual patient software that can help medical students and practicing gastroenterologists develop clinical decision-making skills in an engaging clinical context. 
  • Dr. Jeffrey Dueker reviews a case study of an 86-year-old male with past medical history for coronary artery disease, COPD, and prior heavy tobacco use presents to the emergency room with dysphagia to solids and liquids.
  • Dr. Inderpal S. Sarkaria reviews robotic repairs of giant Paraesophageal Hernias (GPEH). 
  • Dr. Hui-Wei (Doris) Chen talks about Schistosomiasis, a disease caused by infection with parasitic blood flukes that live in freshwater snails, and provides treatment options.

Educational Objectives:

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

  • Describe virtual patient simulation as it is used for clinical medical education
  • Identify the key educational features of a virtual patient designed for clinical education
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of Living-Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT) for the individual patient with liver failure
  • Recognize the risks and complications associated with living donation
  • Identify optimal timing for offering LDLT to patients 
  • Recognize atypical causes of dysphagia/food impaction
  • Identify Schistosomiasis and improve diagnostic skills


Hui-Wei (Doris) Chen, Jeffrey Dueker, Swaytha Ganesh, Abhinav Humar have reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. McGee has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Other: Serves as a board member for and holds equity in Kynectiv, Inc. 

Dr. Sarkaria has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Cambridge Medical Robotics
  • CE Speakers' Bureau: Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .50 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 5/23/2019 | Last Modified On: 5/23/2019 | Expires: 5/25/2020 

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