THE INS AND OUTS OF EXOCRINE PANCREATIC INSUFFICIENCY
The pancreas has two important, but distinct roles: endocrine and exocrine. Most clinicians have a good understanding of the endocrine function of the pancreas in maintaining blood sugar levels and of the pathologies related to it. However, 85% of the pancreas' effort is in its exocrine function, of which many clinicians are not as familiar. We'll explore the exocrine role of the pancreas, the symptoms of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and the conditions in which it is most commonly associated. We'll also discuss the treatment and nutritional management of EPI.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Describe the symptoms of EPI.
Identify the common conditions associated with EPI.
Understand the dosing of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy.
Implement nutritional interventions for a patient with EPI.
Christy Going MS, RD, CSO received both her undergraduate degree in Biology and her Master of Science in Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. She began her dietetics career as a clinical dietitian at Spectrum Health of West Michigan in 2005. Her work then focused on caring for inpatient and outpatient oncology patients for 10 years. In 2015 she was promoted to a management position in the department in which she led a large team of dietitians and orchestrated multiple clinical quality improvement projects, particularly around malnutrition. She was able to publish 3 abstracts in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND) in 2019 and was featured in an interview also published in JAND. She was then recruited by the Quality, Safety and Experience department at Spectrum Health where she now works as a Quality Improvement Specialist.
Christy has been a guest lecturer and presenter in multiple venues across the state, country and in Mexico. She most recently presented a webinar for the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii), lectured at the University of Guadalajara and spoke at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND). She also presents at education events on behalf of Abbvie Pharmaceuticals.
Christy is also currently an instructor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine simulation lab and previously instructed nursing students at Aquinas College.
Personally, Christy is an avid runner and has completed multiple marathons. She looks forward to continued learning with you!