15th Annual Asthma and Allergy Conference


2021 Educational Objectives

As of April 28, 2021.

To date, conference educational objectives are to recognize, discuss and debate the following:

Allergy and Anaphylaxis

  • Recognize an anaphylactic reaction as an allergy to insect venom introduced through stings and bites.
  • Discuss current epidemiology, pharmacology, risk factors, triggers and management for insect sting allergy.
  • Identify medications and co-morbidities that increase the risk of severe, potentially fatal sting reactions.
  • Explore unique circumstances and co-morbidity associated with insect stings.
  • Expand your knowledge of pathophysiology, recognition and management of anaphylaxis.
  • Learn the principles of shared decision-making.
  • Understand the role shared decision-making plays in coaching and supporting allergy patients to make complex decisions about therapy.
  • In shared decision-making, assess the importance of caregiver goals in relation to potential treatment risks and benefits.
  • Discover tools to help patients clarify their values to aid in identifying treatment goals and therapy preferences.

Airway and Respiratory Disease

  • Recognize important changes in the 2020 Global initiative for Asthma (GINA) Asthma Guidelines.
  • Understand key 2020 updates in asthma management from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP).
  • Compare similarities and differences between the worldwide-focused guidelines in GINA and U.S.-focused guidelines in NAEPP.
  • Determine when it is appropriate to employ biologic therapy for asthma and other allergic diseases.
  • Explain the mechanisms of action for current available biologics.
  • Identify which biologic therapy is indicated for different cases, based on patient biomarkers and clinical characteristics.
  • Review the types, causes and indications of sleep disordered breathing (SDB), typically manifesting in sleep apnea, during which breathing stops or airflow is reduced.
  • Discover the relationship between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), including overlapping mechanisms and pathophysiology for each.
  • Consider treatment options for mild, moderate and severe asthma and OSA.
  • Recognize the clinical features that suggest vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), defined by paradoxical vocal fold closure during inhalation, and rarely upon exhalation.
  • Understand the approach to diagnosing VCD, which often includes symptoms that are similar to asthma.
  • Understand that patients may have both VCD and asthma, but treatment is different for each condition.
  • Identify therapeutic options for treating VCD in the clinic and home setting.

Immune System

  • Understand the different approaches to patients with recurrent infections.
  • Understand the decision-making process when choosing immunoglobulin (Ig) therapy in the treatment and management of Primary Immune Deficiency (PID).
  • Describe indications for using immunoglobulin (Ig) to treat antibody deficiencies, including for controversial diagnoses.
  • Learn how to adjust Ig therapy for PID patients at high risk for adverse events.
  • Delve into real-world complexities involving immune system medical cases with presentations and discussion led by doctors pursuing an allergy and immunology fellowship.
  • Recognize the potential for vaccine-preventable disease re-emergence due to vaccine hesitancy and low immunization coverage.
  • Learn evidence-based ways to achieve high immunization coverage.
  • Recognize the opportunity COVID-19 pandemic offers to educate the public on the importance of public health measures to reduce epidemics.
  • Understand the connection between vaccine hesitancy, the re-emergence of vaccine-preventable disease, and the medical profession's obligation to educate patients.
  • Understand how adverse reactions to vaccines can underscore vaccination fears, and discuss ways to avoid or mitigate such reactions.
  • Discuss the use of skin tests to evaluate dangerous, but rare, anaphylactic reactions to vaccines.

Food Allergy

  • Understand the risks, benefits, outcomes and limitations of current food allergy therapies.
  • Identify emerging food allergy therapies in the research pipeline and their risks, benefits and outcomes.
  • Understand the unmet needs in terms of food allergy therapy.
  • Be prepared to educate patients who ask about unconventional diagnostic testing for adverse reactions to food, most of which lack biologic plausibility or evidence of their utility.
  • Describe the typical clinical presentation and pathophysiology of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), an allergic inflammation of the esophagus.
  • Discuss recent updates on EoE diagnosis, monitoring and treatment options, from the both the gastroenterologist and allergist perspectives and approaches.

Current Issues in Medicine

  • In the context of high rates of clinician burnout, learn about team-level provider wellness interventions designed to lower workplace stress.
  • Discuss individual evidence-based tools to cultivate clinician wellness, fostering harmony between professional and personal lives.
  • Experience fast, effective and evidence-based self-care tools, based in yoga and meditation, to interrupt and gain control over the stress response.
  • Given the brain’s incredible ability to adapt, learn how to create new neural connections that help improve response to stress and living a more balanced life.