Current Views 2013

2013 / Volume 41

Current Views in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is a multi-media course offering five in-depth presentations covering current topics most frequently requested by enrollees. Current Views

Three options are available:

  • ON-LINE access via log-in/password
  • CD-ROM containing:
    All inclusive files (text, audio, exam, multimedia presentation)
    PowerPoint slides
    Audio for all disc players (car, stereo, computer)
    Compatible with Windows or Macintosh
    Capacity to view/print text, exam, exam answer sheet and evaluation
    Key word search
    Available by podcast
  • Three-ring binder with CD-ROM and printed material (script, outline, references, exam, exam answer sheet, evaluation)


This program is supported by educational grants from Meda, Merck, and Sunovion.

Proposed topics for 2013
Georgia Regents University reserves the right to rearrange or change the schedule of programs if necessary.


Program 1

“Diagnostic Evaluation of Perioperative Anaphylaxis”
David Khan, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Objective: Review the most common causes and risk factors of peri-operative anaphylaxis.

Program 2

“New Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis”
Michael S. Blaiss, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee

Objective: Discuss pros and cons of aerosol intranasal corticosteroids; debate benefits and risks of intranasal corticosteroid/antihistamine combination; learn the role of intranasal carbon dioxide, syk kinase inhibitors, and others in the management of allergic rhinitis.

Program 3

“SLIT Update”
Linda Cox, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Nova Southeastern University
Ft.Lauderdale, Florida

Objective: Discuss SLIT efficacy in terms of allergen dose, formulation and dosing regimens; review the adverse effects associated with SLIT in clinical trials and postmarking reports; recognize the practical considerations concerning SLIT including patient selection, instruction and adherence.

Program 4

“The Microbiome in Allergic Asthma”
Susan Lynch, PhD.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director Colitis and Crohn's Disease Microbiome Research Core
University of California San Francisco

Objective: Review methods to profile microbial communities and relationships between microbiota composition and features of asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Program 5

“Chronic Sinusitis: An Overview”
Joshua Kennedy, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Objective: Identify and discuss emerging immunodeficiencies relating to allergy and asthma.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians and other health care professionals interested in current topics in the field of allergy, asthma and immunology.

Statement of Need

The tightly entwined world of allergy, asthma and immunologic disease affects approximately 30 million people in the United States. The NIH cites asthma among the most chronic conditions in the United States, with over 22 million sufferers and approximately 17 million hospital and clinic visits annually. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that 70% of people suffering from asthma also suffer with allergies, with 10 million people suffering from allergic asthma. Asthma causes approximately 5,000 deaths each year. This course aims to improve quality of care by improving the competence of health care professionals. Each topic addresses a particular gap in physician knowledge and treatment strategies.


This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials.

The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University designates this enduring material for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Nurses: The Georgia Regents University Division of Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

18 contact hours

Other Health Care Professionals: This course offers 18 Continuing Education Contact Hours by the Georgia Regents University.

Written examination questions will be included with each program. The exam answer sheet should be completed after each presentation and returned to the Georgia Regents University at the end of the enrollment period. Each Examination will be graded and returned to the participant. Enrollees must submit the completed examination answer sheet and the course evaluation form by March 31, 2014 to receive credit.


Participants enroll annually with the first lecture arriving approximately April 15, 2013. Programs are scheduled for distribution bimonthly. You may enroll at any time during the course year. Georgia Regents University reserves the right to rearrange or change the schedule of programs if necessary.

Registration Information

Annual enrollment fees in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are in the table below. Add $50 for locations other than the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Checks from outside the United States must be written for the specified fee in U.S. currency and drawn on a U.S. bank. If registering by mail, please print the REGISTRATION FORM and send with payment to Division of Continuing Education, Georgia Regents University, 919 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912. Also, you may fax the registration form with credit card payment to 706-721-4642.

Available options:


ON-LINE access via log-in/password


CD-ROM with storage case


Notebook with printed material and CD-ROM


Sharing physicians


Sharing RNs, NP-PAs and Allied Health


Individual programs on CDROM only (3 hrs CME each)

Sharing Course Materials

You may share course materials with another enrollee. Physicians may enroll at the sharing rate of $195 per year and nurses and other health care professionals may enroll for $145 per year. To register at the sharing rate, please indicate on the registration form the name of the enrollee whose materials you share. Individuals who register at the sharing rate will receive full credit for the course.


Participants' Comments
“Excellent programs. Keep up the good work. The CME materials presented make outstanding references and are more up-to-date than textbooks on specific topics.“
“Amazing! Clinically speaking, I give it an A+.
Clear, good questions.”
“A clinician's bible.“
“I have been enrolled in this program for the last 25 years. Your CME program is excellent!”
“Year to year, good quality CME.”


Educational Program Committee

The topics for Current Views in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology programs are suggested by enrollees. The suggestions are referred to our Advisory Board composed of the following nationally recognized experts.

Philip H. Smith, M.D. Betty B. Wray, M.D.
Andrew H. Liu, M.D. Saundra Turner, Ed.D., R.N.
William K. Dolen, M.D. *  
Dennis R. Ownby, M.D.  
* Director of the Allergy-Immunology Training program at the Georgia Regents University 
Course Co-Directors

The estimated time for completion of all five modules, the post-test and the evaluation is 18 hours.

Broadband internet connectivity recommended.


  • CPU Pentium 4, 1.3 GHz
  • Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista
  • RAM 512 MB (Windows XP Pro)
  • RAM 1GB (Windows Vista)
  • Hard Drive  free space about 4GB
  • Browser: IE 6.1, 7.x, Firefox


  • CPU Power PC 1.4Ghz / Intel 1.4 GHz
  • Mac OS X Tiger 10.4, Leopard 10.5
  • RAM 512MB
  • Hard Drive  free space about 4GB
  • Browser: Safari, Firefox

Date of original release: April 15, 2013

Termination date: March 31, 2014


Special Needs

The Georgia Regents University Division of Continuing Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services to support your participation in this continuing education activity, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-2329.


Questions should be directed to Paula Owens at

Division of Continuing Education, Georgia Regents University, 919 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

Fax: 706-721-4642
Phone: 800-221-6437 or 706-721-2329