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Procalcitonin in Diagnosing Bacterial Infection: Ready for Prime-Time? - 1.25 CME Credits

A review of the appropriate use and limitations

Start Date: Dec 13, 2018
Duration: ~1.25 hours
Price: $65

Course Description

This course will review the appropriate use and limitations of procalcitonin testing in the diagnosis and antibiotic management of infectious diseases.

This course is intended for primary care and specialty physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize the kinetics and biology of procalcitonin (PCT), including nonbacterial etiologies of procalcitonin elevation
  • Examine the evidence supporting procalcitonin algorithms for guiding antibiotic therapy in patients with suspected respiratory infections
  • Analyze the evidence supporting procalcitonin algorithms for guiding antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients with suspected sepsis

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Instructors

Chanu Rhee, MD, MPH

Chanu Rhee, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Population Medicine and Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Critical Care and Infectious Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

COURSE OUTLINE

Procalcitonin in Diagnosing Bacterial Infection: Ready for Prime-Time? is organized as follows:

Precourse Information:
Accreditation and AMA Credit Designation
Disclosure Statement
How to Take This Course
Viewing Videos
Grading and Certificates

Procalcitonin in Diagnosing Bacterial Infection
Procalcitonin Overview, Biology, and Accuracy
Case 1: Respiratory Infections
Case 2: Sepsis
The Future of Procalcitoniin Use

CME Certificate
CME Posttest
Course Evaluation

ACCREDITATION AND AMA CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENTS

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 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC APPROVAL STATEMENT

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points.

Every 30 days HMS GCE will upload participant data (name, date of birth, ABIM ID#, MOC points earned) for any learners who have completed this activity directly to their transcript at the ABIM via the ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Since MOC points earned will be uploaded to your ABIM transcript these points will not appear on your CME certificate. If you do not see your points on your ABIM transcript after 30 days of completing the activity please contact Jillian West at HMS GCE at jillian_west@hms.harvard.edu.

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

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 (ACCME), 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

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of the activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Name: Louis Pasquale, MD
Role: CME Committee Member and Reviewer
Company: Bausch + Lomb
Relationship: Paid Consultant
Company: Novartis
Relationship: Non-paid consultant
Company: Allergan
Relationship: Speaker
Company: Merck
Relationship: Unrestricted Grant

     

All other 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.

COURSE DIRECTOR

J. Kevin Tucker, M.D. is an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the chief of nephrology at Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital and faculty director for accreditation and MOC in the Department of Postgraduate Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tucker received his undergraduate education at Birmingham-Southern College and completed his medical education at Cornell University Medical College. He trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His clinical interests include chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will this course take?

This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete. You do not need to complete it all at once. You may come back as often as you like.

How long will this course be available?

This self-paced course will close enrollments one year after its start date.

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