Office of Professional Education

Professional Education Matters | March 2015

News and Updates From the Office of Professional Education

ACEhp Annual Conference Award and Presentations

The work of the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health was well represented at the 2015 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Profession’s (ACEhp) Annual Conference  in Grapevine, Texas, in January. 

The ACEhp chose three abstracts submitted by the Professional Education team to present at the national conference; one received the Award for Outstanding Storyboard (listed below) in recognition of showcasing innovations in CE/CPD that highlight the intersection of high-impact education and quality improvement leading to improved patient care.

Attending were Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP, CMP-HC, Director; Sarah Meadows, MS, CHCP; Manager, Accreditation and Programs; and Meg Burke Dingae, MHSA, CHCP, Manager, Educational Grants and Collaboration. Following is a list and brief description of their presentations.

Storyboard – Academic Medical Center Collaborative Initiative to Better Patient Care With Improved Medication Reconciliation Processes for Patients With Increased Risk of Polypharmacy Authors on this project were: Sarah Meadows, Gary Cott, MD, Elizabeth Kern, MD, and Mandy Comeau

The storyboard focused on three aspects of the initiative to highlight its success, including the gaps identified in the project, the educational strategy for intervention, and outcomes measurement.

Presentation – demonstrating Research in Continuing Education in the Health Professions – Weight Management Initiative Pre-Assessment to Establish a Platform for Intervention and Practice Redesign By Sarah Meadows 

This presentation highlighted the baseline assessment portion of the Wellbeing Campaign, which is a three-year initiative focusing on building sustainable weight management programs in two community primary care clinic networks that can be replicated nationwide.

Presentation – demonstrating Performance/Quality Improvement – Essential Elements for Successful Performance and Quality Improvement Initiatives in Different Healthcare Settings By Andrea Harshman, Meg Dingae and Sarah Meadows 

Their presentation provided practical steps for what we have found to be the essential elements of successful PI/QI initiatives when working with rural hospitals, community clinic networks, and internal hospital departments. Participants engaged in an interactive discussion regarding the importance of leadership discussions at initiative onset, examples of baseline metric denominators and numerators, sample “Stage B” intervention tactics that lend themselves to regular engagement with partners, and tools for conducting interim data collection.

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Radiology and Professional Education Partner on Innovative Online Activity

Now that there is specialized treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), it is imperative to establish a confident diagnosis. “A large minority of patients with IPF can be diagnosed definitively on HRCT (high resolution computed tomography), saving them the risks and discomfort of open lung biopsy,” said Jonathan Chung, MD, associate professor in the Department of Radiology at National Jewish Health. That is why he initiated the online CME program, Accurate Interpretation of HRCT in the Diagnosis of IPF. It recently went live at

He said that it meets a need in the community for HRCT education, not just among clinicians, but among radiologists as well, by teaching them how to accurately interpret HRCT in pulmonary fibrosis for the appropriate management of patients and for identifying candidates for newly approved drug therapies.

To help develop and secure funding for the program, early last year, Dr. Chung contacted the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health. He shared his ideas and worked with Professional Education to identify educational needs, develop the program proposal, and create the content and implementation strategy. As the logistics came together for writing and producing the materials for the website, he noted that the Professional Education team was always available, very organized and professional.

Joining him in the program’s development were David Lynch, MD, professor in the Department of Radiology, and Gregory Cosgrove, MD, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. “They are world leaders in the field,” Dr. Chung said.  “It was a pleasure and special privilege to work with them.”

While there are other HRCT educational courses available, Dr. Chung said this one is unique. “We have developed a novel educational product which is personalized and closely simulates the apprenticeship reading room model of residency and fellowship,” he said, explaining that learners interpret de-identified HRCT scans with access to clinical and pulmonary function information, closely mimicking the work-flow in real-life interstitial lung disease evaluation.  Other similar programs often only show a few representative images, which does not simulate real-life practice.  

Furthermore, there is no cost to take the online course that allows participants to earn CME credit. The course also meets the American Board of Radiology’s criteria for a self-assessment activity in the ABR Maintenance of Certification program.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and InterMune, Inc. Additional support is provided through the generosity of Janeen Naifeh in memory of her husband, Robert Naifeh.

For more information or to register, go to

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Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute Collaborates on Program

Our first educational collaboration with the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute drew health care providers in the greater New York City area to the program, “Best Practices in Caring for Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.” Three of the four scheduled continuing medical education (CME) dinner meetings took place at venues in New York and New Jersey in late February and early March. A winter storm caused the last meeting slated for March 5 in Woodbury, NY, to be postponed until April 29.  

“Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a devastating disease that requires a dedicated, multidisciplinary evaluation to accurately diagnose and care for patients,” said Gregory Cosgrove, MD. “Through enhanced awareness and collaboration with the Mount Sinai — National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, we aim to educate, support, and improve the lives of patients everywhere with IPF.”  Dr. Cosgrove is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at National Jewish Health and on staff at the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute. He is also chair of the project and a speaker at the event.

“We are excited to bring this program to our physician community in the New York area. It is an example of the kinds of high quality programs we are providing through the collaborative approach of the Respiratory Institute,” said Charles Powell, MD, Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and CEO of the Respiratory Institute. 

The certified educational program addresses gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with IPF. The meetings are designed for family practice and internal medicine physicians, community pulmonologists who treat IPF, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses and respiratory therapists. 

Also presenting at the New York area events is Maria Padilla, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, and Joshua Solomon, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, National Jewish Health.

“These meetings are so successful because they bring together great doctors with a desire to deliver excellent care with doctors who have a wealth of knowledge acquired over many years of working with IPF patients,” said Dr. Solomon. “This meeting of minds brings great benefit to both groups and, in the end, improves the care of patients with this devastating disease.”

Prognosis for IPF is frequently poor despite recent, significant advances, including new evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. Meeting participants will gain knowledge to improve competence and performance in diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with IPF at an evening symposium that incorporates case-based learning, multi-media approaches and written materials. Information also will be presented about the first two therapies recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with IPF.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and InterMune, Inc. Health.

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  • “Improving Asthma Care in Rural Primary Care Practices: A Performance Improvement Project” was accepted by the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professionals and published in Fall 2014.  It is co-authored by Lisa Cicutto, RN, PhD, ACNP, CAE; Meg Dingae, MHSA, CHCP; and Esther Langmack, MD, FCCP, CHCP. 
  • A manuscript that was authored by Bruce G. Bender, PhD; Meg Dingae, MHSA, CHCP; Deborah Fending, RN; Andrew H. Liu, MD; and Barry Make, MD, titled “Respiratory Care Training for Safety-Net Primary Care Practices,” was accepted for publication by the Family Medicine Journal. The publication date is TBD.

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NTM Conference for Providers and Patients is May 15

National Jewish Health and NTM Info & Research, Inc.  present the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum NTM Lecture Series for patients with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) disease and their families, and providers who treat NTM. This free event is Friday, May 15, at the Colorado History Center in Denver, and features the Fern Leitman Memorial Lecture presented by world-renowned expert Michael Iseman, MD. Topics include disease history, treatment and infection prevention. CME credit is available.

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Office Updates and News

New Team Member – Matthew Stern joined our team in November 2014 as Medical Education Project Specialist. Matt’s most recent work was with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, as Program Administrator in the Department of Health Systems Management. Matt’s background and experience is a very valuable addition to our team. His office is located at S744A in the Galleria, and he can be reached at x6508 or

Live and Online Courses – Our educational activities often provide certified credit for Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Respiratory Therapists and Physicians. View our CME/CE Offerings

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