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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Spotlight

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The COPD Spotlight will address topics including clinical uncertainties in treatment of COPD, new technologies for treatment of COPD, emerging care modalities, and the impact of gender, age, and obesity on obstructive lung disease, including COPD.

Supported in part by an independent educational program from GlaxoSmithKline LLC and an independent medical education grant from Mylan Specialty L.P.

Course Objectives

After completing this online course, you will be able to:

  1. Consider whether inhaled bronchodilator monotherapy or combination LABA/LAMA bronchodilators is more appropriate as first-line therapy for patients with symptomatic COPD (GOLD Group B).
  2. Recognize the relationship between recurrent wheezing in young children and risk of asthma in adolescents and adults.
  3. Describe when to initiate and how to manage high-intensity pressure-support ventilation for ambulatory COPD.
  4. Describe patient outcome data associated with bronchoscopic lung volume reduction.
  5. Review the data on gender differences in the pathophysiology and presentation of the most common airway diseases, namely asthma, COPD, and non-CF bronchiectasis.
  6. Discuss both established and novel nonpharmacologic modalities used to augment gains during pulmonary rehabilitation and understand their physiologic basis.

Item Number: 7207.63

Donald A. Mahler, MD, FCCP
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Director Respir Services Valley Regional Hospital
Hanover, NH

Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS, FCCP
Director, Airways Clinical Research Center
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Sanjay Sethi, MD
Professor and Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Assistant Vice President for Health Services
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Jill A. Ohar, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Michael B. Drummond, MD
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Amen Sergew, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
National Jewish/University of Colorado
Denver, CO

Kevin M. Chan, MD, FCCP
Vice Chair of Clinical Experience and Quality
Medical Director of Lung Transplantation
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Lisa F. Wolfe, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Nicholas S. Hill, MD, FCCP
Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Division
Professor of Medicine
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA

Michell T. Cao, DO, FCCP
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Clinical Associate professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Palo Alto, CA

Gerard J. Criner, MD, FCCP
Chair and Professor
Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Mariam Louis, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical care, and Sleep Medicine
University of Florida Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Vandana K. Seeram, MBBS, FCCP
Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Critical care, and Sleep Medicine
University of Florida Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Nauman A. Chaudary, MBBS, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Director of Adult CF Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Navitha Ramesh, MD, MBBS, FCCP
Attending, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
UPMC Pinnacle
Harrisburg, PA

Leah J. Witt, MD
Assistant Professor
Geriatrics & Pulmonary Medicine
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Charles A. Austin, MD, MSCR
Clinical Instructor
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Division of Geriatric Medicine
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Rekha Vij, MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Anand S. Iyer, MD, MSPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Saiprakash B. Venkateshiah, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Hilda M. Metjian, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Ann Granchelli, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Christina R. MacRosty, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Section of Interventional Pulmonology
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Momen M Wahidi, MD, MBA, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Director, Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Christine A. Argento, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine and Thoracic Surgery
Director, Interventional Pulmonology
Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL

Eric J. Gartman, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence VA Medical Center
Providence, RI

Linda Nici, MD
Professor of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Section
Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Providence, RI

Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, MAACVPR
Medical Director
Lifeline Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Therapy
Pittsburgh, PA

Shahid I. Sheikh, MD, FCCP
Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, OH

Mary E. Cataletto, MD, FCCP
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
NYI-LI School of Medicine
Mineola, NY

CME/CE Claim Instructions
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Spotlight

To complete the CME Activity Evaluation for the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Spotlight, claim CME/CE credits, and download CME/CE certificates and certificates of attendance (COA), please see the instructions below. You must complete your evaluation and download your certificate prior to the product expiration date.

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  5. Select the type of credit you want to claim, and enter the number of hours you are claiming, commensurate with your participation.
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Physician Credit

The American College of Chest Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Chest Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16433, for 8.0 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.

Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants (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. PAs may receive a maximum of 8.0 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Maintenance of Certification Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 8.0 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 points.

Upon successful completion of this course, CHEST will submit your completion data to ABIM via ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for MOC points. Please allow 3-5 business days after claiming for points to be reflected on your ABIM record.


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