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Brown University

On Demand | Improving the Care of Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

Brown University via Independent


Program Release: January 24, 2022 Expiration Date: January 24, 2024 Estimated time to complete: 60 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation. SPEAKERS Patrick McGann, MD, MS Associate Professor of Medicine Associate Professor of Pediatrics Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Director, Pediatric and Adult Sickle Cell & Hemoglobinopathy Program Rhode Island Hospital & Hasbro Children's Hospital Providence, Rhode Island Taneisha Wilson, MD, ScM (Course Chair) Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Attending Physician, The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital Brown Physicians, Inc. Providence, Rhode Island Overview Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common genetic hematologic diseases in the world affecting an estimated 100,000 Americans and millions of people across the globe. This educational event will address the acute care of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) by identifying some emergent presentations as well as highlighting some of the barriers to care patients with SCD may face. These barriers primarily include skepticism and bias which can lead to missed or undertreated devastating sequelae. Patients can also sometimes face challenges accessing, establishing, and maintaining care with physicians. An understanding of the impact of these challenges and the potential harmful outcomes may lead to a decrease in their incidence.


After completing this course, the learner should be better able to: 

  • Review sickle disease as a lifelong disease entity
  • Describe acute conditions associated with sickle cell disease
  • Discuss the barriers to care that patients with SCD may face and the intersection of the biases involving chronic pain, chronic illness, and racism


There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the CME presentations
  • Complete the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.


In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:

Patrick McGann, MD, MS
Jennifer Maloney*
Maria Sullivan, BS*
Taneisha Wilson, MD, MsC


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Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.


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