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March 8, 2019

This live activity is designed for allergists, pulmonologists, primary care and family practice physicians, otolaryngologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and any associates who participate in the care of patients with allergic and immunologic illnesses. The intended result of this activity is to increase knowledge, competence and performance in the management of allergic diseases including urticaria, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis. At the conclusion of this seminar attendees will be able to:

  • Understanding the pathophysiology of severe asthma phenotypes
  • Discussing the general approach to management of severe asthma
  • Understanding proper use of new pharmacological therapies for severe asthma, particularly biologicals targeting a single mediator or receptor, and bronchial thermoplasty
  • Understand the rate at which adult patients labeled as penicillin allergic are actually allergic when tested
  • Explain the ways in which penicillin allergy labels contribute to higher mortality rates, antimicrobial treatment failures, increased surgical site infections, prolonged hospital stays, and increased likelihood of multi-drug resistant infections
  • Describe the role of penicillin testing for antimicrobial stewardship and preventive care and know when to refer a patient
  • Understand, recognize, and describe the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of allergic fungal sinusitis
  • Discuss and select treatment modalities to address allergic fungal sinusitis
  • Recognize and differentiate between the four common types of NSAID-induced adverse drug reactions including aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease
  • Appreciate when NSAID avoidance versus NSAID exposure is recommended for a history of NSAID allergy
  • Discuss the role, safety, and efficacy of aspirin desensitization in patients with significant underlying pulmonary and cardiovascular disease
  • Understand the pathophysiology and mechanism of food allergy and allergic reactions
  • Discuss the evaluation, testing, and work up of food allergy including blood testing, skin testing, and oral challenges
  • Understand and discuss the current management and treatment of food allergy
  • Describe the key clinical features in identifying patients with suspected alpha-gal food allergy -  the fall from steaks to burgers through ticks to chicken
  • Review key epidemiological features of alpha-gal food allergy including the high prevalence in Middle Tennessee
  • Define the current diagnostic approach, treatment and monitoring of alpha-gal food allergy focusing on the key differences from traditional food protein IgE-mediated allergy

Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, that planners, faculty and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order for CME staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest prior to the educational activity. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of off-label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation. Detailed disclosures will be made in activity handout materials.