You and your family deserve better care.
The celiac community is a passionate, bold and knowledgeable bunch. When asked why we are eating gluten-free, many will take it as a chance to explain celiac disease and share just how common it really is today.
We know that every opportunity to enlighten someone is an opportunity to spread awareness, and we have your next call to action right here:
Help us educate the most important population yet: primary care providers.
With the ability to first recognize the symptoms of celiac disease, this medical community is truly on the front line of diagnosis. Unfortunately, many are either unfamiliar with modern diagnostic methods or unaware of the disease’s true prevalence. In medical school, celiac rarely gets the attention it deserves.
Now, you can help correct that.
Here’s why you should take an active role in physician education today:
1) You have the passion.
From blogging to fundraising, our community has proven to be the biggest advocates for celiac disease. If we can’t rely on ourselves to make a difference, then who will? Let’s take the diagnosis of celiac disease and use it as a source of strength and empowerment!
2) You have the connections.
Many people have strong relationships with their primary care providers. Annual visits and checkups often set the stage for a lasting rapport between a physician and his or her patient.
3) You have the tools.
NFCA launched CeliacCMECentral.com to teach physicians how to detect, diagnose and treat celiac disease. Now, when your doctor asks, "What can I do?" you'll have an answer.
Here are two ways to help:
Send your doctor a link to Celiac CME Central at www.CeliacCMECentral.com
Download the CME Info Card and bring it to your next appointment
(For hard copies of this postcard, contact Kristin Voorhees, email@example.com)
Make a difference by paying it forward - help get someone diagnosed today!
After you’ve shared the Celiac CME postcards with your local primary care provider, why not take a photo to capture your efforts? It’s a good way to show others just how easy it is to make a difference. Sending in a picture and a short description of your community outreach will land you a mention in NFCA’s monthly newsletter, a post on our Celiac Awareness All-Stars blog, and a spot in our Volunteers Album on Facebook. Submit photos and descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include "CME Photo" in the subject line.
Need a Little More Info?
Here are some common questions about NFCA's Celiac CME:
What is a CME?
A continuing medical education (CME) activity is a way for healthcare providers to learn more about medicine and stay up-to-date on new research after they complete medical school. Healthcare providers are required to complete a certain number of CME hours each year to maintain their license. CME credits can be earned through online courses like CeliacCMECentral.com or a number of other ways, including seminars, medical conferences, trade publication articles, etc.
What's the point of a CME?
CME activities ensure that healthcare providers are aware of the latest knowledge and skills in their field of medicine, as well as help providers continue their professional development. In the case of NFCA's Celiac CME, the course fills in many of the gaps that medical schools do not cover about celiac disease. The course also shares recent research findings related to celiac diease and the gluten-free diet. In the end, it all comes down to making doctors well-prepared to meet your medical needs.
Why do you need my help?
Primary care providers are very hard to reach. They have busy schedules and are constantly bombarded with messages from drug companies, insurance providers and regulatory agencies. It takes a lot of time and money to break through the chatter and get doctors' attention.
But, there's another way to reach them. Through patients like you. By asking your doctor to take NFCA's Celiac CME, you'll prove that there's a demand for celiac-specific knowledge. By coming from you, the request will show there's an urgent need for better care.