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This Enduring Material activity, Understanding Tick-borne Diseases – Program 2: Case Studies in Early Lyme Disease, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins March 7, 2016. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The CDC estimates that the annual incidence of Lyme disease exceeds 300,000. Prompt diagnosis and effective management of early Lyme disease can prevent future later complications. After completing this module, learners should:
- Understand epidemiological risk factors for Lyme disease.
- Be able to recognize various presentations of early Lyme disease.
- Understand the evidence from the U.S. erythema migrans trials.
- Understand treatment options and the clinical factors influencing management decisions.
The CDC estimates that the annual incidence of Lyme disease exceeds 300,000. Proper management of known bites should help to reduce that number.
After completing this module, learners should know:
- How to distinguish black-legged ticks from other tick species,
- Facts about disease transmission,
- How to estimate the risk associated with a specific bite,
- Risks posed by potential co-infecting pathogens and
- Details regarding the use of antibiotic prophylaxis.
This Enduring Material activity, Understanding Tick-borne Diseases – Program 3: Serologic Testing in Lyme Disease – Program 1: Managing Blacklegged Tick Bites, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins August 21, 2016. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose on clinical grounds because the symptoms and signs are generally nonspecific. This module discusses how clinicians may use serologic results in their diagnostic decision-making.
After completing this module, learners should:
- Understand the role of diagnostic testing in the diagnostic process
- Understand general characteristics of diagnostic tests and their impact on test selection
- Understand the procedures for performing ELISA, Western blot and two-tier testing as well as their general sensitivity, specificity and reproducibility
- Recognize the utility and limitations of serology in Lyme disease
Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Elizabeth Maloney, MD
2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ class. Please pass along this FREE, ACCREDITED class information to other health professionals.
The Medical Academic Center welcomes back Elizabeth Maloney, M.D., to Carmel, IN, Thursday, November 17, 2016. Dr. Maloney is a family physician from Wyoming, MN. She graduated from the University of MN Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine at the University; she has been a family practice physician for greater than twenty years. Dr. Maloney has authored accredited, evidence-based CME courses on Lyme disease for primary care physicians. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the MN Academy of Family Practice and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.
Participants will learn the following re: Lyme disease:
- Definition of evidence-based medicine and the role of trial evidence in it
- Basic principles for evaluating the quality of clinical trials
- Clinical trial evidence for managing patients with Ixodes scapularis bites, erythema migrans, or late, untreated neurologic Lyme disease
- Therapeutic options for Ixodes scapularis bites, erythema migrans, or late, untreated neurologic Lyme disease
Program approved for 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- Video of Event. Second video on page.
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, ILADS, hosts several annual conferences for equipping physicians. See more at: http://www.ilads.org/lyme_programs/ilads-conferences.php. ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary medical society dedicated to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme and associated diseases through research, education and policy. We strongly support physicians, scientists, researchers and other healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and associated diseases.
ILADS also has a physician training program called ILADEF. This physician training program will train the next generation of physician-scientists who will be future leaders in the treatment of Lyme and Associated Diseases. The ILADEF Physician Training Program, a groundbreaking project vital to fostering excellence in care for Lyme disease patients, directly addresses challenges in properly diagnosing and treating Lyme and other tickborne diseases. The Training Program provides medical and other healthcare practitioners the opportunity to study with Lyme-literate healthcare professionals. Through this experience, participants will develop the skills necessary to properly diagnose and treat Lyme disease. These professionals will be able to return to their community with enhanced skills and the ability to provide superior care to Lyme patients, improving the health and quality of life for those that suffer from the most debilitating effects of Lyme disease. See more at: http://www.ilads.org/education/physician-training.php