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PAH: A case-based exercise in understanding the diagnosis, evaluation and management

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Explore PAH in this new e-learning course that is designed to simulate the different steps necessary to care for patients with PAH. This course uses a case-based scenario that takes the learner through a complete virtual patient tour starting at the time of symptoms of PAH through diagnosis, evaluation, and how the disorder is managed. Throughout the tour, many other aspects, including classification, etiology, and pathology of the disease state are discussed. 

By completing this course you will learn to:

  • Recognize clinical signs and symptoms caused by PAH.
  • Identify the pathologic changes that occur in PAH.
  • Distinguish between different types of therapies to treat PAH.

Course Objectives

  • Define the five World Symposium Clinical Classifications of PH (WSPH) and establish that all PH is not PAH.
  • Apply the correct evaluative process to diagnosis PAH or to rule out PAH.
  • Recognize the clinical signs and symptoms that may occur with PAH.
  • Review the epidemiology and etiologies of Group 1 PH (PAH).
  • Recognize the pathologic changes that occur in PAH.
  • Identify the pathways that are targeted from FDA-approved medications for management of PAH.
  • Review the multiple types of therapies used to treat PAH.

Course Modules

  • Module 1: What Is PAH?
  • Module 2: Pathogenesis/Pathophysiology
  • Module 3: PAH: Diagnosis and Evaluation
  • Module 4: Echocardiogram and Right-Sided Heart Catheterization in PAH
  • Module 5: Assessment of PAH
  • Module 6: PAH: General Management and Supportive Therapy
  • Module 7: Interventional and Surgical Therapies

Complete this course to earn 1.25 CME credits and MOC points.

Item Number: 7207.13

Deborah J. Levine, MD, FCCP
University Health System
Department of Medicine
Pulmonary Division
San Antonio, TX

Education Mission
To develop educational delivery systems for chest, critical care, and sleep physicians that facilitate lifelong learning, optimize clinical care, and meet the CHEST Education Committee goals.

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

CHEST designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 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.

Disclosure Statement
CHEST remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any relevant financial relationships that create a conflict of interest. It is not the intent of CHEST to disqualify anyone from participating in this educational activity, but to resolve any conflicts of interest that may arise from financial relationships with commercial interests. All conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair, the Education Committee, and/or the Conflict of Interest Subcommittee to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. CHEST educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all CHEST CME activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relevant financial relationships will be made available on-site during all educational activities.

Learning Categories
The development, planning, and delivery of instructional methods for this course is based on Learning Category 2: Self-Directed

Learning Category 4: Case- and Problem-Based

Maintenance of Licensure
Scope of Practice – Pulmonary Education

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