Updates in Alcoholic Liver Disease

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Date & Location
Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Volney Richmond Auditorium, Seattle, WA

Target Audience
Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Practice, Hepatology, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Naturopathy, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Occupational Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Other, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Registered Nurse, Transplant Surgery


Online preregistration is closed. Space is still available and attendees may register on site starting at 7:00 a.m. For questions contact the Virginia Mason CME department at (206) 341-0142.

Alcoholic liver disease represents a wide spectrum of disorders including fatty liver, alcoholic cirrhosis, and alcoholic hepatitis. The mainstay of treatment for many years has been alcohol cessation, however the pathophysiology of alcoholic liver disease, especially alcoholic hepatitis, is becoming better understood, with a clear interplay between the gut-liver axis.

The management of alcohol use disorders and alcoholic liver disease is a multidisciplinary affair involving hepatologists, primary care providers, psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, dietitians, nurses, and others. This update on the science and treatment of alcoholic liver disease will be invaluable for all of these attendees, providing key information about resources available in the region to help coordinate and improve care for patients at multiple disease stages. Given the controversial role of liver  transplantation for acute alcoholic hepatitis, discussion with local liver transplant partners regarding appropriate candidates for liver transplant is sure to be robust.

Course aims include:

  • Provide an update on basic and translational research into the physiology of alcoholic liver disease
  • Assess potential therapeutic targets to treat alcoholic hepatitis
  • Review the role of liver transplantation for alcoholic hepatitis
  • Discuss the role of coordinated and multidisciplinary care for patients with alcoholic liver disease

Teaching methods include lecture, case presentation, panel discussions, audience response, and question-and-answer sessions with faculty.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Describe current clinical management and therapies and highlight new potential therapeutic targets in alcoholic hepatitis based on preclinical studies
  2. Review available pharmacologic treatment for severe alcoholic hepatitis
  3. Recognize early signs and symptoms of liver decompensation
  4. Utilize effective language when talking with patients about their alcohol use
  5. Compare and contrast treatment options for patients living with an alcohol use disorder
  6. Identify malnutrition in a patient with alcoholic liver disease
  7. Describe novel biomarkers of alcohol use and their role in the evaluation of liver transplant candidates
  8. Summarize outcomes following liver transplantation in alcoholic patients and discuss factors which contribute to alcohol recidivism
  9. Review the clinical and ethical history of alcoholic cirrhosis as an indication for liver transplantation


$185.00 General

Online registration will be open through Wednesday, March 7, 2018. For registration assistance, call the CME department at 206.341.0142.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Refunds will be made for a fee of $25 if written notice of cancellation is received at least 14 calendar days prior to the activity.


The Virginia Mason Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The Virginia Mason Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP: This Live activity, Updates in Alcoholic Liver Disease, with a beginning date of 03/09/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  6.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 6.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Nursing Contact Hours: Virginia Mason Medical Center is a provider of nursing continuing education contact hours. Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP15905 for 6.0 Contact Hours March 9, 2018.

Parking: Parking is not included with registration. Virginia Mason's downtown parking facilities are limited and reserved for patients, therefore we offer this map of public lots with walking routes to the Lindeman Pavilion.

Public transportation: Metro Bus routes serving the First Hill neighborhood include 2, 10, 12, 60, 193, and 303. Please consult the Metro Trip Planner for route information and schedules.