19th Annual Asthma and Allergy Conference


2024 Educational Objectives

As of April 29, 2024.

To date, conference educational objectives are to recognize, discuss and debate the following (to be announced)

Allergy and Food Allergy

  • Understand new Immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated food allergy clinical findings discussed over the last year. 
  • Discuss novel aspects of non-IgE mediated food allergy discussed over the last year.;
  • Explain the impact of food allergy on patient and family quality of life.
  • Describe resources to help mitigate psychosocial impacts of food allergy, including anxiety, worry and depression. 
  • Identify conditions that are considered non-lgE mediated food allergies. 
  • Understand the symptoms non-IgE mediated food allergy conditions. 
  • Recognize the need to refer to an allergist for diagnosis and management of non-IgE mediated food allergy. 
  • Learn commonly used diagnostic tests in allergy, asthma and immunology (AAI). 
  • Review AAI diagnostic tools through interactive questions highlighted by clinical scenarios. 
  • Recognize mechanisms of anaphylaxis. 
  • Identify specific risk factors associated with anaphylaxis and occult conditions presenting with anaphylaxis. 
  • Learn appropriate and evolving therapy for anaphylaxis. 
  • Discuss developing non-injectable therapies for anaphylaxis. 
  • Review clinical cases involving food-based gastrointestinal (GI) problems that arose from real Alaskan lifestyles and adventures. 
  • Recognize various GI issues through compelling tales of the Last Frontier, understanding that we are what we eat.

Immune System

  • Hear real-world cases that highlight challenging allergy and immunology conditions.
  • Understand the role of reduced immunoglobulin (Ig) levels in Secondary Hypogammaglobulinemia (SHG).
  • Review tools and tests used to diagnose SHG.
  • Discuss practical methods and approaches for managing SHG. Review the latest updates regarding diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis.
  • Discuss how mast cell disorders, including mastocytosis, present.
  • Describe how to approach the patient suspected of having a mast cell disorder.
  • Identify specific immunologic changes that occur with aging.
  • Review approaches to evaluate immune system health.
  • Learn potential management options for patients with aging immune systems.
  • Define PANS/PANDAS and how to properly diagnose it. 
  • Discuss treatment of PANS/PANDAS symptoms and the underlying cause: neuropsychiatric and immunologic/inflammatory. 
  • Discuss long term prognosis and follow-up for PANS/PANDAS patients.

Respiratory and Pulmonary Disease

  • Understand 2024 Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines on basic COPD management and classification. 
  • Describe at least one emerging therapy for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD). 
  • Identify lung function/CT scan changes associated with COPD vs. asthma. 
  • Describe features of the asthma COPD overlap (ACO) syndrome and how management of these changes might vary from asthma or COPD.
  • Develop a differential diagnosis for bronchiectasis.
  • Learn how to properly evaluate patients with asthma-like presenting symptoms.
  • Implement an effective treatment strategy for patients with challenging respiratory disease diagnoses.
  • Review current recommendations from the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).
  • Recognize the important themes and changes in the 2024 GINA update.
  • Understand the rationale for changes in the 2024 GINA update.
  • Perform differential diagnosis of eosinophilic disorders.
  • Identify patients with hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES).
  • Review HES management options, including current and novel therapies.

Current Issues

  • Describe major areas of health disparities in the field of allergy/immunology
  • Understand how literacy and illness representation affect health and wellness.
  • Review interventions that can help allergy/immunology health care providers to improve health disparities.
  • Define how an integrative approach — Including conventional, complementary and spiritual aspects — may provide optimal care for allergy/immunology (A/I) patients.
  • Identify options for alternative and complementary remedies for allergies and related conditions. 
  • Understand how the "mind/body'' concept can improve outcomes for allergy and asthma care. 
  • Become familiar with common integrative approaches to atopic disease including diet, dietary supplements, acupuncture and meditation.