Overcoming Obstacles to Optimal Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Care in Minority Patient Populations

Program Overview

While multiple sclerosis (MS) disproportionately affects Whites of European descent, recent studies suggest an increasing rate among minority patient populations, including African and Hispanic Americans, compared to Caucasian Americans. Studies have shown ethnic differences in the characteristics, progression, and incidence of the disease, including greater disability at diagnosis and diagnostic delays compared to Caucasians. Because minority groups have been historically underrepresented in clinical trials, there has been a paucity of data in these populations. In this Clinical Transfers® activity, Drs. Mitzi Williams and Lilyana Amezcua will dive deeper into these topics, exploring the racial and ethnic variability in MS and disparities in care.

0.75 CE Credit(s)
Expires: November 19, 2024

Target Audience

Neurology and primary care clinicians

Educational Objectives

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

  • Identify differences between minority patient populations and other ethnic groups with respect to multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, clinical course, and outcomes
  • Utilize strategies to address disparities in care among minority patient populations with MS
  • Manage minority patient populations with MS utilizing key data sets on current and emerging disease-modifying therapies

Activity Faculty

Mitzi Joi Williams, MD

Mitzi Joi Williams, MD

Neurologist and Multiple Sclerosis Specialist
Founder and Medical Director, Joi Life Wellness Group
Atlanta, GA

Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS, FAAN

Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS, FAAN

Associate Professor, Neurology
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program
Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care and Research Group
USC, Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Supporter Statement

Supported by an educational grant from Biogen.

Provider Statement

Provided by RMEI Medical Education, LLC

Disclosure of Financial Relationships

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Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS, FAAN, has relevant financial relationships with Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Genentech, Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme (Consultant); Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, Genentech, Sanofi Genzyme (Grant/Research Support).

Mitzi Joi Williams, MD, has relevant financial relationships with EMD Serono, Genentech, Novartis (Researcher); Alexion, Biogen Idec, Bristol Myers Squibb, EMD Serono, Genentech, Janssen, Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme, TG Therapeutics (Consultant); Alexion, Biogen Idec, Bristol Myers Squibb, EMD Serono, Genentech, Janssen, Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme, TG Therapeutics (Advisor); Biogen Idec, Bristol Myers Squibb, EMD Serono, Genentech, Janssen, Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme (Speaker/ Speaker’s Bureau).

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated according to RMEI policies. 

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Credit Designation

Physician Continuing Medical Education 
RMEI Medical Education, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education 
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Method of Participation and Request for Credit

In order to receive credit, participants must review the activity content and successfully complete both the post-test and evaluation. A statement of credit will be available to print immediately. You must score 80% or higher on the post-test to receive credit for this activity. If you have questions about this activity, please contact RMEI at [email protected]. 

Users must: 

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures 
  • Participate in the activity 
  • Complete the activity evaluation

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 

Disclaimer Statement

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. 

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