Office of Professional Education

Professional Education Matters | June 2017

News and Updates From the Office of Professional Education


National Jewish Health takes three CME programs nationwide and online

Personalized Medicine in Severe Asthma; Applying Emerging Data and Treatments to Everyday Clinical Practice

With many new and emerging therapies for severe asthma, it is a challenge for providers to integrate all of the latest treatment information. In June, experts from National Jewish Health will begin a multimedia CME presentation in 10 cities covering the diagnosis and management of severe asthma and focusing on strategies to personalize treatment plans. The presentations will incorporate lecture and interactive case videos and include clinical reference aids to facilitate treatment decisions. National Jewish Health experts serving as program faculty are Anthony Gerber, MD, PhD and Michael Wechsler, MD, MMSc.

For a list of locations and to learn more, visit njhealth.org/SevereAsthmaPM. If you have colleagues who work near any of the meeting locations listed on our website, please let them know about this opportunity, or provide their contact information to Professional Education Programs Coordinator Mandy Comeau, and we will gladly send them a personal invitation to attend.

Additionally, a corresponding online activity was launched on May 31, 2017. The program includes three modules:  two individual learning modules led by Drs. Gerber and Wechsler, as well as patient case videos and a downloadable slide deck.  The third module is a roundtable discussion moderated by Flavia Hoyte, MD, also including Drs. Gerber and Wechsler. Each module of this free CME activity can be done independently for credit.

This educational activity is supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. 

 
COPD Now: Practical Strategies in Medical Management of Stable Disease and Exacerbations

Effective treatment of COPD is urgent in light of the mortality, morbidity and economic consequences of the disease. This summer, experts from National Jewish Health will travel to eight cities to lead a free CME/CNE interactive presentation that covers the role of exacerbations in the management of COPD and effective patient communication strategies. Attendees will also learn about incorporating the updated GOLD guidelines into their practices. Serving as program faculty at one or more of the meetings is James Finigan, MD; Anthony Gerber, MD, PhD; Steven Lommatzsch, MD; Barry Make, MD; James O’Brien, MD, FACP, FCCP; and Amen Sergew, MD.

The live symposia will also include interactive workshops for inhaler technique and triaging patients with COPD exacerbations, led by one of our nurse facilitators, Deborah Fending, RN, BSN, AE-C or Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, AE-C, CDE.

For a list of locations and to learn more, visit njhealth.org/COPDNow. If you have colleagues who work near any of the meeting locations listed on our website, please let them know about this opportunity, or provide their contact information to Professional Education Project Specialist Matthew Stern, and we will gladly send them a personal invitation to attend.

The COPD Now program also has an online component that is scheduled to launch late summer. Several of the program faculty will lead multi-media presentations in three different modules that will include interactive polling questions, feedback, and downloadable slide decks.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 


Best Practices in Caring for Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

The goal of this live multidisciplinary program is to improve health care providers’ knowledge, competence and self-reported performance to close gaps related to guideline-concordant diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). 

The National Jewish Health “Best Practices in Caring for Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis” series started in 2012 and has since been presented in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Mexico, the New York Tri-State Area, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington. The next four live evening symposia are being scheduled this year in Billings, MT; Boise, ID; Albuquerque, NM; and Denver, CO, and will build upon the successful workshop series and increase reach further with an online enduring activity. This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Genentech.

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National Jewish Health Hosts Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum 

National Jewish Health is committed to growing young scientists to become leaders in the research and treatment of respiratory diseases, and is excited to host the Thirteenth Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum on October 12-15, 2017 in Denver.

The forum is chaired by Monica Kraft, MD, Department of Medicine Chair at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, and co-chaired by Irina Petrache, MD, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at National Jewish Health. Also from National Jewish Health is Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Gregory Downey, MD, who will serve as one of nine faculty members. Participating from National Jewish Health in an advisor/mentor role is William Janssen, MD, and Barry Make, MD.

Earlier this year, the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health put out a Call for Abstracts to US-based Fellows (MDs, DOs) actively enrolled in a pediatric, pulmonary, allergy, or immunology fellowship program during the 2016-2017 academic year who are conducting research on airway diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular disease, lung transplant, allergic rhinitis, genetics of airway diseases, or bronchiectasis, in either pediatric or adult populations. Young investigators who are transitioning into initial faculty positions upon completion of their fellowship training in June 2017 are especially encouraged to submit and abstract for consideration.

The deadline for eligible Fellows to submit an abstract of their research (clinical or basic science) is Friday, June 16, 2017. Applicants with the top 30 highest scores will be invited to present at the Forum and granted travel, lodging and meal expenses. Additionally, the top 3 presenters in each category will be awarded a grant to support their research. 

The forum is an excellent opportunity for Fellows to network with experts in the field and each other. Previous participants say it is one of the best programs they have attended because of its focus on research, interaction with other young investigators, and mentorship provided by the expert faculty. The activity is supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

You may visit njhealth.org/YIF2017 for details and to access the 2016 Forum newsletter to learn about the program and last year’s winners.  If you would like more information, please contact Mandy Comeau or 303-728-6585.

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Journals Feature Severe Asthma and Medication Reconciliation Projects

Learn about the use of biologics for the treatment of severe asthma. Read the JACI: In Practice supplement “Changing Paradigms in the Treatment of Severe Asthma: The Role of Biologic Therapies” (March-April 2017). A group of experts, hosted by The Cohen Family Asthma Institute at National Jewish Health and supported through an educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals, came together to discuss current advances in the treatment of severe asthma. National Jewish Health was represented on the expert panel by Richard Martin, MD, Rohit Katial, MD and Michael Wechlser, MD, MMSc. Click here to view the article.

The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (May 2017) features the article “Measuring to Improve Medication Reconciliation in a Large Subspecialty Outpatient Practice,” authored by National Jewish Health faculty and members of the Office of Professional Education. It summarizes the Medication Reconciliation project that took place at National Jewish from June 2015 to December 2016. The process and quality improvement project served as a way to assess performance in the process of comparing and reconciling patients’ medication lists at clinical transition points. At the project’s conclusion, viable and sustainable methods for improvement had been documented and instituted. The study was funded by an independent educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

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Meet Our Newest Team Member Stephanie Corder

Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, has joined the Office of Professional Education team as Manager of Accreditation and Programs bringing a wealth of clinical and education experience. Stephanie earned her Doctor of Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. She started her career as a hospice and palliative care nurse and later returned to Missouri Western State University where she served as nursing faculty and department chair in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. In this role, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of research, health policy, and clinical nursing.

Stephanie currently serves on the nominating committee for the Colorado Nurses Association and is a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses. She recently served as Associate Administrator of Professional Practice and Education for Centura Health Physician Group in Denver where she gained experience in the development of continuing education for the health professions. She is honored to be a part of the National Jewish family and looks forward to developing and designing evidence-based professional education programs to support clinical excellence.

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Upcoming CME/CNE Activities

Begins June 20, 2017 in first of 10 cities through fall.
Personalized Medicine in Severe Asthma: Applying Emerging Data and Treatments to Everyday Clinical Practice
Experts will lead a free CME multimedia presentation to include lecture and interactive case videos covering the diagnosis and management of severe asthma and focusing on strategies to personalize treatment plans. Clinical reference aids will also be provided.  For more information, please visit njhealth.org/SevereAsthmaPM.
 
Begins June 21, 2017 in first of 8 cities through fall.
COPD Now: Practical Strategies in Medical Management of Stable Disease and Exacerbations
Experts will lead a free CME/CNE interactive presentation that covers the role of exacerbations in the management of COPD and effective patient communication strategies. For more information, please visit njhealth.org/COPDNow.
 
September 15, 2017
22nd Annual Allied Health Conference 2017
This full-day program takes place on the National Jewish Health campus and provides an update for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists and allied health professionals who work with patients who have chronic diseases and conditions. For more information and to register at the early bird rate, please visit njhealth.org/AlliedHealthCare.
 
October 12-15, 2017
Thirteenth Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators' Forum
The forum is an excellent opportunity for Fellows to network with experts in the field of respiratory disease and each other. This year, National Jewish Health is hosting the Forum which will include expert faculty and participants who are selected based on the abstracts they submit by June 16, 2017. To learn more, please visit njhealth.org/YIF2017.
 
October 19-20, 2017
NTM Lecture Series for Providers
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections are under recognized and cause significant morbidity and mortality.  Treatment options are arduous but with the right tools, patients will improve clinically.  We will have experts from across the country here to discuss this growing medical challenge. For more information and to register, please visit njhealth.org/2017NTMProviders.
 
October 21, 2017
NTM Lecture Series for Patients and Families
This conference has been designed for those currently diagnosed with Nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) infections (including their families) and those interested in hearing more about NTM topics relating to medical and quality of life issues. The online registration page will open soon or contact Mandy Comeau.

January 20-23, 2018
54th Annual Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology in Snowmass, CO 
Certified for CME, this conference addresses multifaceted approaches to management and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including both existing and emerging therapeutics; osteoporosis management and treatment; testosterone therapy in men and women; diagnosis and treatment of pituitary disorders; drug therapy for Graves disease; subclinical thyroid disease; adrenal insufficiency management; case studies in obesity and dyslipidemia; and much more. Details will be posted soon. Please contact Matthew Stern for more information.

January 31 - February 3, 2018
40th Annual National Jewish Health Pulmonary and Allergy Update in Keystone, CO 
Certified for CME and nursing contact hours, the entire conference highlights insights and recent advances in pulmonary medicine, asthma, allergy and immunology. More details will be posted soon. For more information, please contact Mandy Comeau.

April 4-7, 2018
55th 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, go to njhealth.org/TBCourse2018.


View details about these and many other live activities as well as the extensive list of online offerings at njhealth.org/CME.

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