Advances in™ Infectious Diseases: Overcoming Fungal Infections: Prophylaxis, Diagnosis, and Treatment Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes

Released On
October 31, 2019

Expires On
October 31, 2020

Media Type
Internet

Completion Time
60 minutes

Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Disease, Medical Microbiology, Occupational Medicine, Primary Care

Topic(s)
Infectious Diseases

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This activity is provided by Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC.

 

Supported by an educational grant from Astellas.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This online educational activity is directed toward primary care physicians, infectious disease specialists, nurse practitioners, and physicians’ assistants who are involved in the treatment of fungal infections.

Program Overview

Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) contribute to substantial morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. The incidence of these infections is increasing, in part by the growing number of immunocompromised patients, including those with neutropenia, HIV, chronic immunosuppression, diabetes mellitus, hematological malignancies, transplantation, severe burns, and major surgery. Treatment requires early suspicion and is difficult because just a few antifungal agents are available, most agents have adverse effects, and some organisms have developed resistance to antifungal agents. This activity will provide clinicians with insights into IFI incidence and diagnostic methods and the management of these infections.

Benefits of Participating

  • Learn about strategic measures to improve on care of patients at risk of invasive IFI, including ways to improve or implement strategies that may reduce the risk
  • Increase awareness of treatment measures for patients at risk or those who have acquired these infections within their immunocompromised state
  • Learn about best practices to enhance clinical decision making when choosing among treatment options available for patients who need emergent management of IFI

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify at-risk populations for IFI and IFI-related complications
  • Review effective diagnostic testing for IFI
  • Select an individualized plan of care based on current guideline recommendations, including prophylactic therapy in high-risk populations

Faculty

Peter G. Pappas, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine
Director, Mycoses Study Group
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Accreditation Statement

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians

Credit Designation Statement

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, 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.

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16669, for 1.0 Contact Hour.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Peter G. Pappas, MD, FACP

  • Grant/Research Support: Amplyx, Astellas, Cidara, IMMY, Merck, Scynexis
  • Consultant: Amplyx, Cidara, Scynexis

The staff of Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC, (PER®) have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Method of Participation

Instructions for This Activity and Receiving Credit

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  4. In order to receive a CME/CE certificate, you must complete the activity.
  5. Complete the Posttest and pass with a score of 70% or higher, complete the Evaluation, and then click on “Request for Credit.” You may immediately download a CME/CE certificate upon completion of these steps.

Course Viewing Requirements

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Supported Phones & Tablets:
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iPhone/iPad with iOS 6.1 or above.

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Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This CME/CE activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME/CE activity is for continuing medical and nursing education purposes only, and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic, treatment, or management options for a specific patient’s medical condition.

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