Jointly provided by Boston University School of Medicine and Ascendant
This activity was supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma.
Differential diagnosis of infectious agents and the choice of effective treatment is a true challenge for acquired fungal infections. This interactive CME movie focuses on the multidisciplinary teams used to treat these complicated cases and is designed to take you through two unique fungal management scenarios in which you hold the patient's destiny in your hands. Case 1 follows a patient that acquires a tricky infection after a common routine surgery. Case 2 is an oncology patient with many comorbid conditions that requires a complicated antifungal management strategy.
This course is designed for patient care teams including infectious disease specialists, hematologists, oncologists, surgical specialists, radiologists, pathologists, medical microbiologists, nurse practitioners, infection control nurses, oncology nurses, physician assistants, and clinical pharmacists that need to treat patients with antifungal agents.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
Apply the results of susceptibility testing to identify the most appropriate antifungal agents for patients with invasive fungal infections
Utilize knowledge of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antifungal agents to select the most effective treatment regimen including dose, dosing intervals and route of administration to improve clinical outcomes in patients with invasive fungal infections
Recognize immunocompromised patients who are at increased risk for invasive mold infections to improve outcomes based on early diagnosis and treatment
Apply effective communication and engagement techniques to assess patients for their risk of acquiring an invasive fungal infection, to know when prophylactic antifungal therapy is warranted, and to coordinate care across different specialties and services
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Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, CMQ Professor and Vice Chairman of Medicine for Healthcare Quality Director, Laboratory of Mycology Research Division of Infectious Diseases McGovern Medical School Medical Director for Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center Houston, TX
Dr. Ostrosky-Zeichner (Faculty/Reviewer) discloses the following: Consultant: Astellas, Cidara, Myane, F2G; Speaker: Merck and Pfizer; Grants/Clinical Trials with UTHealth: Amplyx, Astellas, Cidara, Scynexis
John Perfect, MD Professor of Medicine James B. Duke Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Duke University School of Medicine Durham, NC
Dr. Perfect (Faculty/Reviewer) discloses the following: Grants/Research/Consultant: Amplyx, Astellas, F2G, Merck, Pfizer, Scynexis, Viamet
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Elizabeth Drury and Mike Burk, Program Managers, have nothing to disclose. Stuart Levitz, MD, CME Course Director, has nothing to disclose.
Publishing Staff Disclosures
Maria Class (Planner/Reviewer) – Nothing to disclose. William Fiedelman (Planner/Reviewer) – Nothing to disclose. Kelly Kraines (Planner) – Nothing to disclose. Tracey Roizman (Medical Writer) – Nothing to disclose. Riccardo Saetti (Planner/Reviewer) – Nothing to disclose.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
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 Boston University School of Medicine and Ascendant Limited. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED.
To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/Exam History, which you can access at any time.