Office of Professional Education

Professional Education Matters | February 2019

News and Updates From the Office of Professional Education

There’s an Infographic for That 

Need a quick reference guide for the diagnosis and treatment of Severe Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)? We’ve got them and you can download them in a couple of clicks. Physicians can easily access infographics that cover these topics as well as Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA), Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Atopic Dermatitis AD, and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM).

All seven of the infographics correspond with online CME courses managed by our office. Five of the online courses have also been presented as live symposia in cities nationwide. The Design Studio at National Jewish Health assimilated medical information from expert faculty into the colorful, small-sized posters that are designed with visual elements that convey clear and substantive guidance and have also been distributed to participants at live meetings. Links to the online courses and infographics are below and are also available at

Check out these links to our online CME courses with corresponding downloadable infographics:

A Severe Asthma Roadmap for Improved Diagnosis and Personalized Treatment – A Guided Workflow 
Supported by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.  
Severe Asthma Roadmap Infographic
Early Intervention in Cystic Fibrosis: CFTR-Related Organ Damage Progression From In Utero Through Adulthood 
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. 
CF Infographic
Clinical Implications of Emerging Data: Diagnosis and Treatment of Eosinophilic Lung Diseases and EGPA 
This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.  
EGPA Infographic 
Diagnosis and Treatment of ILD with a Progressive Lung Disease Phenotype: Clinical Implications of Emerging Data  
Supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
ILD Infographic
Pathways for Navigating ILD and IPF: The Journey to Early Recognition, Diagnosis, and Patient-Centered Disease Management  
Supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
IPF Infographic
Personalized Medicine in Nontuberculous Mycobacteria: Best Practices in Diagnosing and Managing NTM 
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Insmed Incorporated. 
NTM Infographic
Moderate or Severe AD? Improving Assessment of Atopic Dermatitis Severity – The Key to Optimal Treatment
This activity was supported by an educational grant from Pfizer.
AD Infographic

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National Jewish Health Faculty Ensure Quality Education

In 2018, more than 70 National Jewish Health faculty and staff worked with the Office of Professional Education to ensure that our CME live and online courses delivered top-notch education to physicians and health care professionals worldwide. We are grateful to each one of them for their contributions in 2018.

  • Rafeul Alam, MD, PhD
  • Isabelle Amigues, MD
  • Ron Balkissoon, MD
  • Bruce Bender, PhD
  • David Beuther, MD 
  • Mark Boguniewicz, MD
  • Russell Bowler, MD, PhD
  • Kanwaljit Brar, MD
  • Cathy Chacon, RN, BSN
  • Gregory Cosgrove, MD
  • Ronina Covar, MD 
  • James Crapo, MD
  • Charles Daley, MD
  • Gregory Downey, MD
  • Wendi Drummond, DO, MPH
  • Deborah A. Fending, RN, BSN, AE-C 
  • Evans Fernandez-Perez, MD, MS
  • James H. Finigan, MD
  • Erwin Gelfand, MD
  • M. Patricia George, MD
  • Anthony Gerber, MD, PhD
  • Steve Groshong, MD
  • Jane E. Gross, MD, PhD 
  • Kristen Holm, PhD
  • Michael Holt, BSc, MBBS, FRACP
  • Flavia Hoyte, MD
  • Tristan Huie, MD 
  • Gwen Huitt, MD
  • Stephen Humphries, PhD
  • Dthia Kalkwarf, RN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM
  • Shannon Kasperbauer, MD 
  • Liudmila Kastsianok, MD
  • Rebecca Keith, MD
  • Elizabeth Kern, MD
  • Jeffrey Kern, MD
  • Jeffrey King, MD
  • Tilman Koelsch, MD
  • Becky Kolenbrander, RRT, RPFT, AE-C 
  • Bruce Lanser, MD
  • Donald Leung, MD, PhD
  • Sherstin Lommatzsch, MD
  • Steven Lommatzsch, MD
  • Michelle MacDonald, MS, RDN, CDE
  • Barry Make, MD
  • Mehrnaz Maleki, MD
  • Richard Martin, MD
  • Richard Meehan, MD
  • Michael P. Mohning, MD
  • Ann Mullen, RN, MSN, CNS, AE-C, CDE, TTS
  • Harold Nelson, MD
  • Jerry Nick, MD
  • Amy Olson, MD
  • Kanao Otsu, MD, MPH
  • Sarah Partain, RN, MSN, MBA, CIC
  • Irina Petrache, MD
  • Alexandra Phillips, PA-C, MPH
  • Linda Rogers, MD
  • Milene Saavedra, MD 
  • Max Salfinger, MD, FAAM, FIDSA 
  • Carah Santos, MD
  • Amen Sergew, MD
  • Joshua Solomon, MD, FCCP
  • Renee Sprik, PharmD, RPh
  • Evan L. Stepp, MD
  • Michael Strong, PhD
  • Jeffrey Swigris, DO, MS
  • Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, MD, MSCS
  • Cheryl Torres, RRT
  • Courtney Trout, MSW, LCSW
  • Tho Truong, MD
  • Eileen Wang, MD, MPH
  • Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
  • Zulma X. Yunt, MD
  • Pamela L. Zeitlin, MD, MPhil, PhD

Additionally, faculty from other medical institutions have also been involved with many of our programs. The faculty’s expertise is essential to the success of the CME programs we manage, from identifying educational gaps regarding appropriate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment selections, to developing curricula that address those gaps. They write, review, and present educational material in meetings around the nation, as well as for online courses. 

Faculty contributions are an integral part of our mission. The Office of Professional Education was established to develop high quality, evidence-based educational activities that are designed to improve physician and health care professionals’ knowledge, competence, and performance, with the ultimate goal of improved patient outcomes. 

As we begin scheduling programs for 2019, we look forward to working with faculty and staff once again.

Team Earns National and State Awards

National Jewish Health to receive the 2019 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Award for Excellence in Educational Design 

Congratulations to our Office of Professional Education for receiving the Excellence in Educational Design Award at the 2019 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Conference for the program “Improving Assessment, Referral and Treatment of RA: Streamlining Processes for Better Patient Care within Our Community.” 

This was an 18-month quality improvement initiative aimed at streamlining processes for improved access to specialty care for individuals diagnosed with RA. This novel program reduced the time, by an average 76 days, from referral of early RA patients to initial rheumatology consult and initiation of appropriate treatment. It included partnerships with four primary care clinics in the Denver area.

Team members who contributed to the project include Stephanie J. Corder, ND, RN, Emily Lewis, and Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP, CMP-HC, of the Office of Professional Education (pictured above), and Isabelle Amigues, MD, Emilie Minarcik, NP, Pearlanne Zelarney, MS, Naomi Birdsong, MA, and Samantha Maxwell, MA, who are all with National Jewish Health. Read more about this program in the outcome summary here (PDF).

The Alliance is a community of continuing education professionals who share and implement best practices across healthcare settings and professions, validating the value and impact of continuing education for healthcare professionals. 

Professional Education Receives Two Awards at 2018 CACME Meeting

Congratulations to our Office of Professional Education for receiving two awards at the 2018 Colorado Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (CACME) Annual Conference. Team members received the Outstanding CME/CPD Collaboration Award for the project “Improving Assessment, Referral and Treatment of RA: Streamlining Processes for Better Patient Care within our Community: A Sustainable, Interdisciplinary Performance Improvement & Quality Improvement Initiative.” This program also earned an award at the Alliance meeting as reported above. 

The team also received the Outstanding Research in CME/CPD Award from CACME for the project “Optimizing Management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis through Effective Healthcare Provider-Patient Communications.”


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Featured Upcoming CME Conferences

April 10-13, 2019 in Denver, CO
56th Annual Denver TB Course
Join us for the most cutting-edge, comprehensive and longest running tuberculosis course in the United States. The Denver TB Course is certified for CME and CE and topics include epidemiology of tuberculosis, transmission and pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis including MDR/XDR-TB, diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, emphasizing vulnerable populations such as pediatric and HIV co-infection, and a contact investigation workshop.  For more information, contact

September 19-20, 2019 in Denver, CO
2019 NTM Lecture Series for Providers
Experts from across the country will be here to discuss this growing medical challenge. Come join us for an invaluable educational experience. Please also let your patients know about the NTM Lecture Series for Patients and Families on September 21, 2019. For more information, go to or contact

View details about these and many other live activities as well as the extensive list of online offerings at

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