21st Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Update


Program Overview

Course Overview:

The University of Rochester’s Center for Experiential Learning is pleased to announce the upcoming live educational activity, 21st Annual Asthma, Allergy & Pulmonary Update. The goal of this educational activity is to offer community providers with information and updates surrounding key issues in asthma, allergy & pulmonary disease management. This one-day symposium will take place November 17, 2016 at Rochester Institute of Technology Inn and Conference Center in Rochester, NY.

This Continuing Medical Education activity provides a forum for primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health care professionals to discuss the recent advances in the fields of asthma, allergy and pulmonary care. Case-based presentations will allow the community attendees an opportunity to seek advice on evaluation and management of asthma and other lung diseases that they see in their every day practice. The conference provides update in asthma as well as focus on other relevant ‘current’ medical topics. This year’s activity includes discussion on how metabolic dysregulation interacts with asthma; community impact of E- cigarettes and Marijuana; as well as recent advances in asthma, IPF and Pulmonary hypertension. We live in an era of precision medicine and our guest speaker Dr. Finigan  will describe how these precision therapies evolve from bench to bedside.

According to the National Institute of Health – Department of Health and Human Services, more than 25 million people in the United States suffer from asthma. This number includes an estimated 7 million children. It is the third leading cause of hospitalization among people under 18 years of age in the United States. Asthma is a long term disease and a serious economic concern in the United States, costing the U.S. about $56 billion each year.  Although there is no cure for asthma, there are important strategies and tools health care providers can provide to their patients to help manage their asthma symptoms. According to the National Center for Environmental Health, teaching patients how to manage their asthma is an essential component of controlling asthma nationwide.

At the local level, asthma continues to be of epidemic proportion in New York State. According to the New York Department of Health, Public Health Information Group, one in nine children and one in twelve adults suffer from asthma in New York State. Studies have also shown that there is a greater risk of developing asthma in people with allergies and those who smoke. Understanding the contributing environmental factors and incorporating allergen avoidance strategies in the daily lives of asthmatics significantly improves quality of life and asthma symptom control. Deciding which treatment options to use can be confusing, especially when dealing with a diversity of patients including children, and people facing additional health complications or co-morbidities. In addition, treatment and management options are constantly evolving; in order for patients to receive the best possible care, it is crucial for health care professionals to stay current on the latest trends, diagnostic tests, techniques and treatments available.

The 2016 Update will focus on the recent advances in management of asthma and other lung diseases including pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis, and pulmonary hypertension. The program will also feature two Keynote speakers. Dr. James Finigan will discuss precision medicine as it relates to lung diseases. Dr. Fernando Holguin will explore interaction between metabolic dysregulation and asthma. 

 Learning Objectives & Outcome Measurement

The Conference is designed so that at its conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the interaction between metabolic dysregulation and asthma
  • Identify strategies for effective management of asthma in different settings and to recognize asthma mimics
  • Recognize how E-cigarettes are affecting the population including their impact in asthma
  • Describe recent advances in Allergy, IPF and Pulmonary hypertension

Conference Details

  • When

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time Zone

  • Where

  • RIT Inn and Conference Center
    5257 West Henrietta Road
    Henrietta, New York 14467
    (585) 275-7666

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