Webcast CME

Co-Occuring Conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Medical Challenges Associated with Autism and Aging

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Release date: October 20, 2022
Expiration date: October 20, 2024

Estimated Time of Completion: 1 hour


Learn about the many challenges faced by those aging with autism. This includes diagnosis in adult and senior years; preventative screenings, such as prostate as well as breast and cervical cancer; and medical conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. Dr. Bauman will also discuss many of the limitations when seeking medical guidance including the shortage of knowledgeable medical care providers, time constraints during examination, and low government and health insurance reimbursement.


Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize co-occurring conditions and important clinical issues relating specifically to individuals with autism as they age.
  2. Identify barriers to adequate preventative care and thorough assessment throughout the lifetime for patients with autism.
  3. Recognize important gaps in our clinical understanding and management of patients with autism throughout the lifespan.

Target Audience

This online series is designed for a primary audience of family practice physicians, internists, pediatricians, neurologists, medical geneticists, behavioral medicine experts, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health practitioners.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education 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 for the healthcare team.

Physicians / American Medical Association (AMA)
Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Certificate of Participation
A certificate of participation will be provided to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with their professional boards and/or associations.

American Board of Internal Medicine (MOC)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD
Clinical Geneticist, Clinical Pathologist
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic


Margaret Bauman, MD
Research Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, MA

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education mitigates all relevant conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty have indicated they have no relationship which, in the context of his/her presentation(s), could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD
Margaret Bauman, MD

All other planners, Center for Continuing Education and Autism Research Institute staff, and content reviewers, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This CME activity was produced by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and Autism Research Institute.