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Bridging Specialties™: ILD Clinician Toolkit

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Aiming to reduce delays in diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) like pulmonary fibrosis, CHEST and Three Lakes Foundation have brought together experts from pulmonary and primary care medicine to create clinician-facing resources to enhance collaboration between specialties and educate clinicians in the early detection of ILDs to improve treatment options and slow disease progression.

In this e-learning course, you'll complete e-learning modules reviewing key symptoms (like crackles on auscultation) and suggested patient workups, as well as a decision-making tool that takes you through three patient scenarios.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify classic symptoms of ILD.
  2. Describe how patient history, ILD-specific questionnaires, and additional workups impact early detection in adults with suspected ILD.
  3. Recognize how early suspicion/detection of ILD benefits patients with receiving treatment options earlier through partnerships with pulmonologists.

Additional Resources

In addition to the e-learning module and decision-making tool found in this course, you can access an ILD-specific patient questionnaire, expert videos exploring radiologic features of ILDs, and more through the Bridging Specialties initiative.


Publication expiration date: November 12, 2025

Item Number: 92865.1

Daniel F. Dilling, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Maywood, Illinois

Jessica Glennie, APRN, MSN
Nurse Practitioner
Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Timothy Hernandez, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Managing Partner
Pasteur Medical Associates
San Antonio, Texas

Corey D. Kershaw, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Tejaswini Kulkarni, MD, MPH, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

William Lago, MD
Family Medicine Physician
Wooster Family Health Center
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Wooster, Ohio

Medical Director
COVID reCOVer Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Independence, Ohio

Andrew H. Limper, MD, FCCP
Annenberg Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director – Thoracic Disease Research Unit
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota

Anoop M. Nambiar, MD, MS, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Founding Director of the UT Health San Antonio Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Texas Health San Antonio and South Texas Veterans Health Care System
San Antonio, Texas

Mary Beth Scholand, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases
Director, Interstitial Lung Program
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

CME/CE Claim Instructions
Bridging SpecialtiesTM: ILD Clinician Toolkit

To complete the CME Activity Evaluation for the Bridging SpecialtiesTM: ILD Clinician Toolkit, 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.

  1. Sign in and navigate to your “My Learning” account at
  2. Find the course or event in your list, and complete all required post-course work.
  3. Complete the course evaluation, and then claim your credits when prompted.

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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 enduring material for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 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 3.5 contact hour.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCB 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 3.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Maintenance of Certification Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 3.5 MOC point 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.

CHEST Learning Category(s)

Learning Category II: Self-Directed


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