Infectious Disease CME

Free CME & Resources on Infectious Diseases

 

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are bloodborne and transmitted primarily through sexual contact and injection drug use (IDU). They have shared routes of transmission and therefore involve not only risk of infection for each of the three viruses but also coinfection. Studies have demonstrated increased liver-related deaths among coinfected individuals, which is a leading cause of death in HIV-infected individuals. Other complications include kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, and bone complications.

The goal of the CME Outfitters Infectious Disease Hub is to provide clinicians and patients with access to education in order to address the challenges in screening and treating patients with HIV and/or HBV/HCV. Links to dedicated patient education hubs offer tools to improve health literacy and engage patients to be active participants in their treatment plan.

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COVID-19: Setting the Stage for Improved Outcomes with Targeted Therapies

 

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

This CMEO Live and OnDemand webcast will focus on improving clinicians’ knowledge of the short-term and long-term health consequences of COVID-19 so that they can better identify patients who may be at risk for worse outcomes and will benefit from early treatment.

Bench to Bedside OnDemand: The Growing (Anti)body of Evidence for the Treatment of Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19

 

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This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand on early intervention treatments following diagnosis of COVID-19 as a way to reduce progression to severe disease will include the latest data on the efficacy and safety of mAb therapies and strategies for addressing knowledge and practice barriers to improve patient access to these therapies. Earn a digital badge! 

 

Thinking Long-Term: Data-Driven Decisions about PrEP

 

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When making treatment decisions regarding PrEP, it is important that clinicians consider the long-term impact on bone health, lipids, and renal dysfunction. This includes the need for education on data comparing the safety and efficacy of emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (F/TDF) and emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide (F/TAF) in order to facilitate data-driven decisions about PrEP.

 

This CME Outfitters webcast will feature expert faculty discussing clinical trial outcomes and how to apply them to treatment decision-making in order to improve clinical knowledge, confidence, and performance for utilizing PrEP.

Opening the Door to Trust: Discussing HIV Risk Assessment and Prevention with Adolescents

 

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There were 37,777 new HIV diagnoses in 2018, with 21% occurring in adolescents and young adults age 12-24 and 22% occurring in adolescents age 11-19. HIV testing and the initiation of PrEP in HIV-negative, at-risk individuals is imperative for stemming the spread of HIV in this age group; however, PrEP remains underutilized in this population.

In this CME Outfitters webcast, expert faculty focus on the development of skills and strategies for opening the conversation with adolescents and young adults about sexual history and practices in order to improve the rate of HIV testing and PrEP initiation in these populations.

Intercepting Inequities: Strategies for Improving PrEP Uptake Among Black Americans

 

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Despite the fact that Black/African American individuals are disproportionately at risk for HIV, PrEP continues to be underutilized in these populations. Optimizing and expanding the use of PrEP in these at-risk populations requires improved knowledge and prevention strategies, in order to improve rates of HIV testing and initiation of PrEP in at-risk individuals who are HIV negative.

 

This webcast hosted by CME Outfitters will address racial disparities in the initiation of PrEP and the implementation of strategies to increase HIV testing and PrEP initiation.

Disparities in HIV Care: The Mounting Epidemic Plaguing African Americans

 

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This CME Outfitters OnDemand webcast will address racial and ethnic health care disparities among at-risk individuals, with expert faculty discussing best practices for actively engaging Black/African Americans at risk for HIV, developing treatment strategies for older adults with HIV, and initiating and switching patients to ART based on safety and efficacy profiles, to optimize health and treatment outcomes throughout their lives.

Creating Action Steps for Linking Underserved Populations with Hepatitis C Care

 

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In this CME Outfitters OnDemand webcast, expert faculty will discuss the many barriers to treating HCV in the IDU population, including stigma and established negative perceptions about people who inject drugs (PWID), with special attention paid to applying CDC universal screening guidelines to improve diagnosis and linkage to treatment, expanding treatment for HCV in primary care settings, and addressing disparities in HCV treatment initiation in underserved communities.

Test Your Knowledge: An Interactive Session on Emerging Data and Expert Insights on Hepatitis B

 

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Test your knowledge during this interactive CME Outfitters OnDemand webcast, featuring augmented reality animations that will reinforce the fibrotic consequence of untreated HBV. Data presentation and translation will showcase the importance of implementing routine screening protocols, optimizing efficacy and safety profiles of current agents when initiating or switching treatment, and routinely monitoring patients with HBV for disease progression, hepatocellular carcinoma, and HBV reactivation.

The Impact of Racial Disparities on Obesity and COVID-19 Care

 

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In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty will explore the impact of these racial disparities on obesity and COVID-19 care, including how these disparities manifest in patients with obesity, and developing strategies to address disparities in patients with obesity that contract COVID-19.

Overcoming Implicit Bias and Stigma: Managing Underserved Populations with Obesity to Improve Adherence to Treatment Plans

 

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This CME Outfitters podcast will focus on recognizing the role of unconscious bias and stigma in managing underserved patients with obesity and how to partner with these patients to address barriers to adherence in order to improve obesity outcomes.

Implementing a Shingles Protocol in Pharmacies

 

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This CMEOCast podcast features expert faculty focusing on best practices to increase vaccine uptake by engaging and educating patients in pharmacy settings.

The HBV Refresher: Screen, Diagnose, Treat

 

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The first episode of this CMEOcast series on community-based efforts to improve screening and treatment of HBV will guide primary care clinicians through optimal strategies to screen for HBV in at-risk patients and utilize serological test results to drive guideline-directed care.

HBV Treatment Decision-Making

 

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In this second episode of the four-part CMEOCast Podcast to Practice series “Meeting Patients Where They Live: Community-Based Efforts to Improve Screening and Treatment of HBV,” faculty experts will discuss the efficacy and safety profiles of current agents for HBV, guiding clinicians through best practices when initiating or switching treatment. In addition, while there is currently no cure for HBV, considering the promise for the future, faculty experts will define “functional cure” for HBV and its application to agents in development.

Public Health Opportunities in the ED: Step 1: Screen for HBV, Step 2: Link to Care

 

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The third episode of this CMEOCast podcast series focuses on best practices for screening for HBV in the ED, incorporating the use of interprofessional teams, and fostering patient education for optimal treatment outcomes.

Long-Term Management of HBV: Meeting the Culturally Diverse Needs of Your Patient Community

 

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This CME Outfitters podcast episode aims to provide learners with strategies to provide culturally appropriate counseling and support services to high-risk populations in order to optimize retention and long-term HBV care.

Looking Ahead: Long-Term Implications of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Treatment Decisions

 

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In this CMEO BriefCase, we will meet Christine, a transgender woman who has been taking emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (F/TDF) for 5 years and has become concerned with the discussions on social media about PrEP and its interactions with feminizing hormone therapy. Expert faculty will discuss this case and how to apply clinical trial data to decision-making for patients who are taking PrEP.

Maintaining the Course: Practical Strategies for Achieving PrEP Goals and Navigating Comorbidities

 

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In this CMEO BriefCase participants will meet Isaiah, a 24-year-old African American man who presents to his primary care provider with concerns that he may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI). During the encounter, Dr. Kelley uncovers behaviors related to substance use that may increase Isaiah’s risk for contracting HIV. The case of Isaiah will serve as a springboard for an overview of best practices for discussing a patient’s sexual and substance use history, as well as introducing HIV prevention strategies that can lead to initiation of PrEP.

As We Age: Considering the Impact of Renal Impairment When Choosing an HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Formulation

 

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This CME Outfitters BriefCase will introduce Matthew, a 53-year-old Hispanic man who has type 2 diabetes and hypertension who originally dismissed HIV prevention strategies but after considering the risk and consequences of HIV infection is now open to discussion. This patient case will be used to highlight how best to engage older adults who are at risk for contracting HIV in discussions about HIV prevention strategies, including assessing and applying clinical trial data to decision-making for PrEP initiation.

Switching Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Your African American Patients: When and How

 

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This CME Outfitters BriefCase introduces Jeff, a 31-year-old African American infected with HIV perinatally, and discusses the when and how of switching antiretroviral therapy (ART) based on safety and efficacy data.

The Pediatric Patient with HIV: Translating Data to Practice

 

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This CMEO BriefCase will introduce Cynthia, who is 24 weeks pregnant and has recently found out that her partner has begun injecting drugs. This case study will focus on the importance of HIV testing throughout the patient’s pregnancy as well as eventual diagnosis and treatment of her child in order to showcase how clinicians can integrate best practices and translate data to practice when treating pediatric patients with HIV at important time points in their development.

Prior Treatment Failure: Addressing the Challenge in HIV Care

 

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The final installment in this CME Outfitters BriefCase series on addressing real-world clinical challenges in optimizing care of HIV includes a case study on Luke, a 41-year-old man, (MSM), diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago, that will show learners how to effectively translate new knowledge of current and emerging treatments into their clinical practice.

Throwing a Curve Ball at Hepatitis B Serological Tests: Interpreting and Applying Results to Guide Next Steps

 

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This CMEO BriefCase will introduce Samuel, a 54-year-old man with CHB, who presents to his health care professional with abdominal pain, back pain, vomiting, and fatigue. Join Dr. Kowdley as he dives deeper into a potential curve ball in Samuel’s laboratory test results.

Taking the Long View: Medical Comorbidities that May Shift Treatment Decision-Making

 

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This CME Outfitters BriefCase introduces Khadi, a 58-year-old woman who recently immigrated to the United States from Ghana and presents to her primary care provider for a new patient examination. This case will show how to optimize efficacy and safety profiles of current agents when initiating or switching treatment in patients with HBV.

Critical Steps for Long-Term Management of HBV: Focus on Monitoring and HBV Reactivation

 

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In this CME Outfitters BriefCase you meet Thomas, a 31-year-old man who immigrated from Nigeria as a child and has been diagnosed with CD20-positive B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His case will be used to illustrate the importance of screening at-risk patients for HBV and routinely monitoring patients with HBV who are immunosuppressed every 6 months for disease progression, HCC, and HBV reactivation.

Resources for Clinicians

Practice & PrEP: Sharpening Your Skills to Prevent HIV



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Optimizing and expanding the use of PrEP in adolescents and young adults requires not only education to improve knowledge about HIV risk and prevention strategies, but also health care professional skills training—and retraining—to improve confidence and performance to open the discussion with a patient about sexual history and HIV risk assessment in order to improve rates of HIV testing and initiation of PrEP. Resources include not only a downloadable team teaching slide kit to use in training sessions, but an accompanying video that provides insights and expertise from four national experts about how to integrate new skills and information in practice.

The PREP Skills Team Teaching Slide Kit and is a resource that can be used with staff to improve their knowledge, confidence, and skills for:
  • Engaging patients in a structured and open discussion about sexual history and sexual health to determine risk for contracting HIV.
  • Applying individual factors to PrEP treatment decision-making
  • Creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive clinical environment to promote trust with patients
To offer more context, evidence, and strategies, Sharpening Your Tools: Talking to Patients About HIV Prevention will guide you through the PREP Skills Team Teaching Slide Kit with insights and practical strategies from leading experts to help you optimize the new skills in practice.

Resources for Patients

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