Distinguishing and Managing Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease (AD): Leveraging Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Prompt Identification and Optimal Patient Management


Brad Dickerson, MD, MMSc, FAAN
Director, Frontotemporal Disorders Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Marc Agronin, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Frank C. and Lynn Scaduto MIND Institute and Behavioral Health
Miami Jewish Health
Miami, FL

This interactive TeleECHO program is designed to provide clinicians who manage patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with up-to-date information on the early diagnosis and treatment in these patients, using strategies to address stigma, apply quantitative assessments, and integrate neuroimaging in clinical assessment; optimal multidisciplinary communication and specialty referral; integration of clinical data updates to inform early identification of AD; and shared decision-making (SDM) approaches with patients and caregivers to facilitate diagnosis and optimize care plans.  

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers (HCPs) involved in the diagnosis and continued care of patients with AD, including neurologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, nurses, and other multidisciplinary team members. It is important to reach both community HCPs and specialists given the coordinated effort required for the diagnosis and management of patients with AD.

Learning objectives: Upon completion of 1 or more of the proposed activities and using the resources provided, HCPs will have improved ability to:

  • Implement strategies to overcome barriers to timely diagnosis of AD, addressing stigma, applying quantitative assessments, and integrating neuroimaging as well as specialty referral in clinical assessment
  • Formulate strategies to optimize multidisciplinary communication and specialty referral
  • Incorporate updates in clinical data to inform the identification of AD early in the disease process
  • Implement SDM approaches to facilitate diagnosis and optimize management


In support of improving patient care, Med Learning Group is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education (CE) for the healthcare team. 

Med Learning Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the virtually live activity.

Med Learning Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC contact hours.

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Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Credit Designation
Med Learning Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 CPEU.

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Faculty Member Disclosures
Marc Agronin, MD Dr Agronin discloses that he is a consultant for Eli Lilly, Otsuka, and Corium. He is on the Speakers Bureau for Otsuka. He has conducted research for Neurim Pharmaceuticals, Cassava Sciences, Otsuka, Cerevel Therapeutics, Karuna Therapeutics, Suven Pharma, TrueBinding, Eisai, Biogen, and Alzheon.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Content Review
The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed by a physician and nurse reviewer.

Individuals in Control of the Content of the Activity
The individuals in control of the content of this activity have reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they have with ineligible companies related to the content of this CE activity:

  • Matthew Frese, MBA, General Manager of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Christina Gallo, SVP, Educational Development for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Shannon Mutch MS, RN, OCN, has nothing to disclose.
  • M. Susan Burke, MD, has nothing to disclose.
  • A medical reviewer from CME Peer Review LLC has nothing to disclose.
  • Chris Drury, PhD, Medical Director for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Lauren Welch, MA, VP, Accreditation and Outcomes for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Andi Koral, Program Manager for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Daniel DaSilva, Accreditation and Outcomes Coordinator, has nothing to disclose.

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RELEASED DATE: May 31, 2024

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