Continuing Education

Current Views in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
2014 Edition     

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Current Views

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

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 an educational grant from Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Proposed topics for 2014
Augusta University reserves the right to rearrange or change the schedule of programs if necessary.

Program 1

A Practical Outpatient Approach to Evaluating Patients with Suspected Immunodeficiency
Dr. John Sleasman

Objective:Evaluate patients with suspected immunodeficiency in the outpatient setting.

Program 2

When a Cough Isn't Asthma or Reflux
Dr. Dennis Ledford

Objective: Differentially diagnose and treat coughs that are not results of asthma or reflux.

Program 3

Respiratory Viruses and Asthma
Dr. Larry Borish

Objective: Examine the current translational research on how rhinoviruses and RSV trigger asthma.

Program 4

Refractory Chronic Urticaria
Dr. Joshua Kennedy

Objective: Describe the diagnostic criteria for chronic urticaria and discuss the most common etiologies for this disease. Evaluate the usefulness of diagnostic testing in confirming the a=diagnosis of chronic urticaria. Incorporate into patient care new and evolving approaches to treat this disease, especially cases refractory to typical treatment options.

Program 5

Food Challenges in the Office
Dr. Brian Vickery

Objective: Conduct outpatient food challenges in the office by developing a systematic approach and training staff to assist.

Program 6

Severe Asthma in Children
Dr. Stanley Szefler
Objective: Examine an office-based approach to the child with severe asthma; including when to consult with an asthma center.

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 Augusta University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta 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 Augusta University Division of Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the South Carolina 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 Augusta University.

Written examination questions will be included with each program. The exam answer sheet should be completed after each presentation and returned to Augusta University Division of Continuing Education 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 January 31, 2015 to receive credit.


Participants enroll annually. Programs are scheduled for distribution bimonthly. You may enroll at any time during the course year. Augusta 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. 




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. Jennifer Anderson, R.R.T.
Andrew H. Liu, M.D. Robert E. Reisman, M.D.
William K. Dolen, M.D. * Betty B. Wray, M.D.
Dennis R. Ownby, M.D. Saundra Turner, Ed.D., R.N.
* Director of the Allergy-Immunology Training program at the Augusta University 
Course Co-Directors
The estimated time for completion of all six 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: February 2014
Termination date: December 2014
Special Needs
The Augusta 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, Augusta University, 919 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912 

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