Current Views in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology®

2016/Volume 44

Presented by
The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
and the Division of Professional and Community Education

• 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

Participants enroll annually with the first lecture arriving in winter 2016. 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.


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.

Three options are available:
1. ON-LINE only
2. CD-ROM with storage case that includes:

• All six program CD-ROMs
• Online access password
• PowerPoint slides
• Audio for all disc players (car, stereo, computer)
• Compatible with Windows or Macintosh

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

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

Also For Your Library
Program materials from Current Views issues published prior to February 2015 may be purchased for $200 per unit of six programs or $50 per individual program.

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.*
Betty B. Wray, M.D. *
Dennis R. Ownby, M.D.
Saundra Turner, Ed.D., R.N.
Jeana Bush, M.D. Andrew Liu, M.D.

*Course Directors


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 competency and relates appropriate treatment strategies.


Program 1
“Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency” – Richard J. Martin, M.D.
Review the pathophysiology of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency; Discuss treatment paradigms; Evaluate outcomes.

Program 2
“Advances in COPD” – Ray S. Peebles, M.D.
Define the current guideline directed therapy for COPD management; Define the asthma/COPD overlap syndrome and how to manage patients with this diagnosis.

Program 3
“Allergic Disorders in the Workplace” – Jonathan Bernstein, M.D. and David Bernstein, M.D.
Identify diagnostic criteria for occupational asthma; Recognize occupational contact dermatitis.

Program 4
“Drug Allergy, Practical Testing and Management” - David Khan, M.D.
Develop a systematic approach to evaluating patients with multiple antibiotic allergies; Develop a rational approach to the use of skin tests, drug challenges and induction of drug tolerance procedures; Discuss various mechanisms of drug allergy.

Program 5
“Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: From Clonal Expansion to Idiopathic Anaphylaxis” – Mariana Castells, M.D., Ph.D.
Discuss the symptoms, precautions, diagnosis, and management of clonal and non-clonal mast cell disorders.

Program 6
“Venom Allergy 2016 Update” - Michael Tankersley, M.D.
Evaluate a patient with an adverse reaction to an insect sting; Manage a patient with an insect sting allergy.


David Bernstein, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Environmental Health Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Jonathan Bernstein, M.D., Professor of Medicine Division of Allergy and Immunology University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Mariana Castells, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Drug Hypersensitivity and Desensitization Center Director, Allergy Immunology Training Program Associate Director Mastocytosis Center Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School

David Khan, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics UT Southwestern Medical Center

Richard J. Martin, M.D., Professor of Medicine, National Jewish Health and University of Colorado, Denver Chair, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health

Ray S. Peebles, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Michael Tankersley, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, University of Tennessee Private Practice, Allergy and Asthma Care


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 Division of Professional and Community Education at Augusta University 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 Division of Professional and Community Education at Augusta University for 18 Continuing Education Contact Hours, or 1.8 CEUs

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, 2016). 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, 2016 to receive credit.


“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.”

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.