Frontline Care in COPD
Join top practitioners in the field to hear the latest information on diagnosing, managing and treating COPD.
October 28, 2006
6:30 am - 4:15 pm
Embassy Suites Hotel
511 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, Il 60611
Target Audience:
Primary Care Physicians
Health Care Professionals including but not limited to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, nurses, physical therapists, case managers, nursing home administrators, and medical students.
Conference Description:
Frontline Care in COPD: Advances in COPD for Primary Care Practices, will focus on essential information for primary care physicians and health care professionals to improve identification and care of those living with COPD.
This one-day program starts with a sunrise seminar that addresses COPD related legislation with a regional Congressman.  To set the stage for the conference the first lecture will focus on the epidemiology of COPD to lend perspective on the scope of this disease for practitioners.  The next two lectures will cover the cardinal features, current guidelines, correct diagnosis of COPD using clinical features and accurate spirometry, staging, and alpha-1 antitrypsin. 
To reinforce the importance of accurate spirometry for the diagnosis of COPD and because of its' influence on patient management, smaller break-out sessions will be integrated into the program at this point to give participants hands-on experience using spirometers.  Participants will review and practice maneuvers and interpretation of results in the intimacy of a small group to improve their skills. 
After lunch, participants will learn about pharmacological management, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, exacerbations, critical care, and the vital role of smoking cessation in patient treatment.  Lastly, with patients more often diagnosed with late stage COPD it is necessary to go beyond typical treatment and to discuss non-responders, referral, case management, palliative and end-of-life care to ensure that patients are obtaining the highest quality of life. A key part of addressing COPD is to provide a high standard of care to patients with the primary care physician playing the lead role in coordinating their COPD and comorbidities.
Continuing Medical Education:
American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago in conjunction with Chicago Thoracic Society and Nursing Assembly.  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Thoracic Society and American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago/Chicago Thoracic Society.  The American Thoracic Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Thoracic Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)?. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
In addition, continuing education units (CEUs) and continuing education (CE) will be available for nurses and respiratory therapists.
Cosponsored by:
American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago Thoracic Society, and Nursing Assembly.