Piecing the Puzzle Together in the Diagnosis and Management of PF-ILD

Released On
October 30, 2020

Expires On
October 30, 2021

Media Type

Completion Time
60 minutes

Allergy & Immunology, Pathology, Primary Care, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology

Pulmonary Fibrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

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This activity is provided by Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

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

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of pulmonologists, radiologists, and pathologists. It may also be of benefit to primary care physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, fellows, residents, and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with chronic, progressive fibrosing lung disease (PF-ILD).

Program Overview

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) can be progressive and severely debilitating. Clinicians need to understand the key diagnostic features of ILD and be able to distinguish among different types, particularly those associated with chronic fibrosis and a progressive phenotype, including inflammatory connective-tissue diseases, idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (iNSIP), chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), and unclassified ILD, which can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Lack of knowledge regarding CF-ILD with a progressive phenotype, as well as deficits in understanding of disease management, available recommendations, and recent clinical research, are significant barriers to improving outcomes and quality of life for patients. The goal of this activity is to improve recognition and differential diagnosis of ILD subtypes at risk of chronic fibrosis, and to improve management of these patients through integration of traditional and newer therapy options into routine practice.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Distinguish among PF-ILD subtypes and the pathophysiology associated with increased risk of progression
  • Identify patients with PF-ILD at increased risk of progression who should be closely monitored
  • Evaluate evidence from recent and ongoing clinical trials for its impact on the management of PF-ILD


Sonye Danoff, MD, PhD (Chair)

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins ILD/PF Program
Associate Director, Myositis Center
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Robert Hallowell, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Pulmonary Clinic Director
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Stephen Hobbs, MD, FSCCT

Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine
Vice-Chair, Radiology Informatics and Integrated Clinical Operations
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Radiology
Medical Director, UK HealthCare Imaging Informatics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

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Credit Designation

Physician Credit Designation Statement
Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PA Continuing Education
PAs may claim a maximum of 1.0 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with ACCME requirements on disclosure, faculty and contributors are asked to disclose any relationships with commercial interests associated with the area of medicine featured in the activity. These relationships are described below. Any potential conflicts have been resolved.

Sonye Danoff, MD, PhD

  • Consulting Fees: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  • Grant/Research Support: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Genentech, Inc.

Robert Hallowell, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.

Stephen Hobbs, MD, FSCCT

  • Royalty: Elsevier; Wolters Kluwer NV

Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC staff members have no financial relationships to disclose.

Independent peer, resident/fellow and patient reviewers have no financial relationships to disclose.

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