Skip to main content

Foundational Principles of Allergy and Immunology - .75 CME Credits

Explore the basic mechanisms of the immune system and mast cell biology

Start Date: September 11, 2018
Duration: ~45 minutes
Price: $25

Course Description

[This course is one of five in the Identifying and Treating Allergy program, which can be purchased together for a discount.]

Join clinical immunologist and allergist David Sloane as he sheds light on basic mechanisms of the immune system and mast cell biology which are the basis for understanding and treating allergic reactions.

Dr. Sloane's uniquely entertaining style of instruction takes learners to the heart of the matter, illustrating processes and models while avoiding much of the jargon he fears is deterring learners from digging deeper into the primary literature of his field.

After completing Foundational Principles of Allergy and Immunology, you may learn more about identifying and treating allergy in these other courses from Dr. Sloane:

What You'll Learn

  • Identify mast cell biology as the basis of most allergic diseases


David Sloane, MD, EdM

David Sloane, MD, EdM Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Allergy and Immunology, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Foundational Principles of Allergy and Immunology covers the following units:

Basic Mechanisms of Allergy and Immunology
  • Overview of the Immune System
  • Overview of Allergic Inflammation
  • Mastocytosis and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
CME Certificate
  • CME Posttest
  • Course Evaluation

Learners must pass the final posttest with a score of 75% or higher to claim their CME certificate.


Accreditation Statement

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School has long held the standard that its continuing medical education courses be free of commercial bias.

In accord with the disclosure policy of the Medical School as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, course planners, speakers, and content reviewers have been asked to disclose any relevant relationship they, or their spouse or partner, have to companies producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. In addition, faculty have been asked to list any off-label uses of pharmaceuticals and/or devices for investigational or non-FDA approved purposes that they plan to discuss.

Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide the course director and participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Disclosure Statement

All individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.


Who should take this course?

This course is designed for allergists and immunologists as well as physicians practicing family medicine and internal medicine.

How long will this course take?

This course should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete it all at once. You may come back as often as you would like.

How long will this course be available?

This self-paced course will end September 11, 2019.

What web browser should I use?

The platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 11 and above. See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.


What if I want to learn more about this topic?

HMS Continuing Education holds live topic-focused conferences throughout the year, please see our course catalog for upcoming events.