Current Views in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

2015 Edition

(Enroll by Dec. 11 to earn 2015 CME)

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

Program 1

“Guidelines for Managing Patients with Fungal Allergy”    —Jay Portnoy, M.D. and Neha Patel, M.D.

Describe what fungi are and where exposure to various taxa occur; discuss the health effects of fungal exposure; list ways to diagnose fungal allergy; discuss methods for avoiding exposure to fungi.

Program 2

“Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease” —Tanya Laidlaw, M.D.

Evaluate and diagnose patients with Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD); describe the classic aspirin-induced symptoms in a patient with AERD; explain how to perform an aspirin desensitization in an outpatient setting.

Program 3

“ICD 10 for Allergists” —Gary N. Gross, M.D.

Identify the codes specifying the correct diagnosis for diseases treated by allergists; explain the necessity of proper documentation of diseases for correct coding.

Program 4

“Eosinophilic Esophagitis” —Princess Ogbogu, M.D.

Discuss dietary management of adult EoE patients; describe EoE phenotypes; list invasive and non-invasive methods of monitoring the disease; explain appropriate testing methods.

Program 5

“Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes” —Robert Cartwright, M.D.

Discuss the basic pathophysiology of auto-inflammatory diseases; review the different phenotypes of CAPS; summarize the differential diagnosis of CAPS; list the available treatment options for CAPS.

Program 6

“Nuts and Bolts of Contact Dermatitis and Patch Testing” —Luz Fonacier, M.D.

Identify the clinical presentations of contact dermatitis and the common allergies involved; develop a current understanding of patch testing.


Jay M. Portnoy, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Neha N. Patel, M.D.
Allergy/Immunology Fellow
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Tanya M. Laidlaw, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Translational Research in Allergy

Gary N. Gross, M.D., M.B.A.
Executive Vice President
Joint Council - Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Dallas, Texas

Princess U. Ogbogu, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Wexner Medical Center
Ohio State University

Robert C. Cartwright, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Augusta University

Luz Fonacier, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Head, Allergy Section
Fellowship Training Program Director
State University of NY at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center


Three options are available:

  • ON-LINE access via log-in/password
  • CD-ROM containing:

    • All six program CD-ROMs

    • Online access password

    • All inclusive digital 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

  • Three-ring binder includes six CD-ROMs with all printed material and online access password.

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.


• Nationally recognized speakers
• Topics requested by participants
• Up to date, practical information
• Convenient and affordable
• Direct savings - no travel/hotel expenses
• Indirect savings - no loss of practice income
• PowerPoint slides for your use
• Physicians, nurses and other health care professionals can share the program
• In publication over 30 years

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.

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.”


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 Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the SC Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
18 contact hours

Other Health Care Professionals: This course includes 18 hours of instruction and completion of the entire activity is approved by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University for

18 Continuing Education Contact Hours.

Written examination questions will be included with each program. The exam answer sheet should be completed after each presentation and returned to the Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education at the end of the enrollment period (December 31, 2015). Each examination will be graded and the test key will be uploaded to the web site for review by the participant. Enrollees must submit the completed examination answer sheet and the course evaluation form by December 31, 2015 to receive credit.

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.

William K. Dolen, M.D., Course Director
Betty B. Wray, M.D.
Dennis R. Ownby, M.D.                      
Saundra Turner, Ed.D., R.N.  

Participants enroll annually with the first lecture arriving in April 2015. Programs are scheduled for distribution monthly.  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.

Sharing Course Materials
You may share course materials with another enrollee. Physicians may enroll at the sharing rate of $245 per year and nurses and other health care professionals may enroll for $195 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.

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)


(Enroll by Dec. 11 to earn 2015 CME)



and mail it
with payment to:
Division of Continuing Education
Augusta University
919 15th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Fax the
with credit card payment
to 706-721-4642.

Call the
Division of
Continuing Education

706-721-3967 or
1- 800-221-6437

Special Needs

Augusta University Division of Professional and Community

Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services to support your participation in this continuing education activity, contact the program coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967

Also For Your Library

Program materials from Current Views issues published prior to February 2014 may be purchased for $200 per unit of six programs or $50 per individual program.