Michael E. Wechsler
Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc

Director, Asthma Program
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary,
Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Monica Kraft
Monica Kraft, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
The Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

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Activity Details

Credit Type: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Credit Amount: 1.0
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Expiration Date: August 30, 2017
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes
Registration Required: Yes
Fee for Activity: There is no fee for participating in this activity.

Activity Description

This activity is the first in a 2-part interactive series titled "Point of Care Clinical Decisions in Asthma Management." Approximately 25.7 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, resulting in recurrent episodes of airflow limitation, mucus production, and cough. Despite many effective therapies and recent advances, many patients continue to experience suboptimal outcomes including activity limitation, missed school or work days, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and death. This activity will examine optimal evidence-based diagnosis and care.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Follow guideline recommendations for the diagnosis and assessment of asthma.
  2. Use spirometry and standardized questionnaires to assess disease severity.
  3. Develop guideline-recommended treatment plans for patients with asthma based on disease severity.
  4. Provide patients with the education and tools to engage them as active partners in their asthma care.

Target Audience

Primary care physicians, community pulmonologists, allergists and other clinicians involved in the management of patients with asthma.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Credit is awarded to participants who score 80% or better on the post-test.


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Conflict of Interest Policy / Disclosure Statement

The University of Cincinnati requires all faculty to disclose any planned discussion of an investigational and/or off-label use of a pharmaceutical product or device within their presentation. Participants should note that the use of products outside FDA-approved labeling should be considered experimental and are advised to consult current prescribing information for approved indications.

In this educational activity, the faculty reports their presentation will not contain reference to investigational and/or off-label uses.

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests:
Consultant for Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Teva, Genentech, Theravance, Vectura, Mylan, Regeneron, Boston Scientific, Meda, Tunitas

Monica Kraft, MD, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests:
Consultant for Teva, AstraZeneca, Genentech
Grant Funding from Roche, Sanofi, Chiesi

Rick Ricer, MD, Physician Reviewer, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Susan P. Tyler, MEd, CMP, CHCP, FACEHP, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Joshua Kilbridge, Medical Writer, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Kathleen Hines, Vice President, Editorial Services, MCM Education, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Terry Ann Glauser, MD, MPH, Vice President, Medical Affairs, MCM Education has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Cincinnati and MCM Education. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The University of Cincinnati designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Receive Credit

To receive credit, users must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures.
  • Participate in the activity.
  • Complete the activity evaluation.

Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who score 80% or higher on the post-test and complete the evaluation will receive CME credit for this activity. All other participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis.

Disclaimer Statement / Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, the University of Cincinnati, or Novartis. Any medications, diagnostic procedures, or treatments discussed by the faculty should not be used by clinicians or other health care professionals without first evaluating their patients' conditions, considering possible contraindications or risks, reviewing any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparing any therapeutic approach with the recommendations of other authorities.

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