Acute Abdominal Pain Diagnosis & Treatment Made Easy! CME


Acute abdominal pain is one of the most common and feared symptoms in the hospital, emergency, and clinic settings.  Join renowned instructor Dr. Seheult for a concise review and clear system to use when managing abdominal pain.


  • A straightforward 4 step approach for evaluating acute abdominal pain in an adult and asking the right questions (useful for clinic, emergency, and hospital settings).
  • An overview of many of the most common and life-threatening causes of acute abdominal pain — and the best imaging choice to evaluate them.
  • Practical strategies to narrow an abdominal pain differential diagnosis based on associated symptoms.
  • Interesting case studies for decision-making practice and quizzes to reinforce what you've learned.
  • Includes 1.5 CME (category 1), MOC Points, CE Credits 
  • 1 year of unlimited access on up to 3 devices


Appendicitis, RUQ pain, LLQ pain, RLQ pain, LUQ pain, epigastric pain, suprapubic pain, extra-abdominal causes of abdominal pain, periumbilical pain, DKA, MI, diffuse abdominal pain, hepatitis, cholecystitis, cholangitis, ultrasound, McBurney's Point, inguinal hernia, nephrolithiasis, IBS, mesenteric adenitis, diverticulitis, free air under the diaphragm, pancreatitis, gastritis pain, splenic abscess, gastric ulcer, urinary tract infection, intermittent abdominal pain, porphyria, shock, peritonitis, BRBPR, ruptured aortic aneurysm, intussusception, hyperactive bowel sounds, jaundice, PID, rebound tenderness, nausea and vomiting, & and many others...


No (that would take a long time).  Dr. Seheult provides a straightforward approach to evaluate abdominal pain and valuable clinical perspective of important causes of abdominal pain.  Learn a framework of acute abdominal pain that will make adding new information and skills easier.

Section 1: Extra-abdominal causes of pain & local vs. diffuse pain
  • Extra-abdominal causes of pain & local vs. diffuse pain
  • Quiz 1
Section 2: Peritonitis & Persistent vs. Intermittent Pain
  • Peritonitis & Persistent vs. Intermittent Pain
  • Quiz 2
Section 3: Associated Clues, Signs, and Symptoms of Abdominal Pain
  • Associated Clues, Signs, and Symptoms of Abdominal Pain
  • Quiz 3
Congratulations! CME Certificate
  • Your CME Certificate

Course Overview

Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain Explained Clearly is a course designed to clarify, review, and augment the training and understanding of primary care clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of the most common causes of acute abdominal pain. The modules included in this course take a departure from the traditional slide presentation style lecture. Instead, the course is comprised of a series of video lectures aided by real-time instructor-led chalkboard visuals. This method of learning allows for the subject matter to be broken down to the basics and is designed to increase learning and retention. 


Acute abdominal pain can be a signal of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Many primary care clinicians lack a systematic approach for identifying the underlying causes of abdominal pain, including which imaging strategies to use and how to narrow a diagnosis based on symptoms. This CME course will utilize a combination of videos, quizzes, and systematic discussion of clinical scenarios and practice cases to effectively deliver the course content. 

Course Objectives:

As a result of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Diagnose abdominal pain complaints by utilizing a system driven by the location of abdominal pain.   
  • Describe the significance of intermittent versus persistent pain in the abdomen.  
  • Identify the correct radiographic test to order based on the nature and location of acute abdominal pain.  

Post-Test and Evaluation:

After completing the CME activity, you must successfully complete a post-test and fill out a program evaluation form. You will then be able to view and print your CME certificate.


Roger D. Seheult, MD
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Beaver Medical Group, Redlands, CA
Associate Clinical Professor
UC Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA


ACCME AccreditedAMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Continuing Education Company, Inc. and MedCram, LLC. Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Education Company, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.5 Medical Knowledge 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.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.5 hour of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCB: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Release Date: 7/12/2019

Reviewed: 8/5/2023

Re-released: 8/5/2023

Expiration Date: 8/5/2026 (Date after which this enduring material is no longer certified for credit.)

Medium: Enduring Material, Video/Audio

Faculty/Planning Committee Disclosures

Review Committee:

The following individuals have indicated that he/she (nor spouse/partner) have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest that may impact upon this CME activity:

  • Beth Townsend, HMCC – Reviewer (Continuing Education Company)
  • Roger Seheult, MD- Faculty
  • Kyle Allred, PA-C – Planner & Content Developer (MedCram)

Faculty Disclosures:

Roger Seheult, MD (Faculty) discloses that he is a consultant for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Unlabeled Use Declaration:

During their presentation, faculty may discuss unlabeled or investigational use which is not approved for a commercial product. Faculty members are required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

Statement of Disclosure and Independence:

It is the policy of Continuing Education Company (CEC) to ensure all of its accredited educational activities are designed, implemented, and evaluated in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) Criteria and Policies. In accordance with ACCME requirements, CEC has Conflict of Interest (COI) and Disclosure Policies that are designed to ensure that accredited educational activities are fair, balanced, independent, evidence-based, and based on scientific rigor.

All individuals who are in position to influence and/or control content of a CEC accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity must disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationships which they or their spouse/partner have with (a) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (b) with any commercial supporters of the activity. (Relevant financial interest or other relationship includes such things as grants or research support, employee, consultant, major stockholder, member of speakers’ bureau, etc.) The intent of this disclosure is to provide activity participants with information to determine whether the speaker’s interests or relationships may influence the presentation with regard to exposition or conclusions. All potential conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved, and are listed above.

The opinions, ideas, recommendations, and perspectives expressed in the syllabus and accompanying presentations at this activity are those of the program authors and presenting faculty only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, ideas, recommendations or perspectives of their affiliated institutions, Continuing Education Company, advisory boards or consultants.

Computer Requirements

Flash Player 10 or later, and one of the following browsers:

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome (latest version), Opera 9.5 and later
  • Mac: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Linux: Firefox 1.x and later

HTML5 via one of the following browsers:

  • Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari 6.0.5 or later, Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later

Roger Seheult M.D. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP16824.  This course is approved for 1.5 CE contact hours. 

    JIYEON PARK (NP Student)


    An excellent, concise review.




    great thanks this riview process is slowing dn my learning

    KATIE BEVIS (NP Student)



    Great review of the pertinent findings in abdominal pain. Since the list of differentials is so large, having a systematic approach is helpful! Thank you!!


    Clear, concise, easy to understand review of the Evaluation of Abdominal Pain


    Short but good narrative lecture of various causes of Acute abdominal pain. looking for lectures on individual morbid conditions in detail.


    Explained clearly , very good course, too short though. I would've loved to get some info about abdominal pain in children and more about abdominal Rx. Great cases, scenarios were very well presented

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  • Over 20 years teaching experience as both an exam preparation instructor and an assistant professor of medicine.

  • Experience as a medical director for both a Southern California Physician Assistant Program and a Respiratory Therapy Program.

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