MeiLan K. Han, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
University of Michigan
University of Michigan COPD Quality Improvement Committee
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP
Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Director, UC Irvine Program in Medical
Education for the Latino Community
Associate Dean, School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of primary care and pulmonology clinicians who manage patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Program Description

Despite the significant medical and socioeconomic burdens of COPD in the US, it is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. In fact, the number of COPD cases is likely to increase by more than 150% by 2030. Therefore, rapid improvements in the diagnosis and timely implementation of effective therapies to treat disease, as well as prevent exacerbations, cannot be overemphasized. In this Phone-a-Friend episode, Dr. Chuck Vega consults with Dr. MeiLan Han to discuss a patient with suspected COPD and strategies to comprehensively assess her current symptoms.

Educational Objective

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Evaluate patients with COPD to characterize disease etiotypes, exacerbation risks, and treatment responses

Physician Accreditation Statement

Integritas Communications is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Integritas designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships

Integritas adheres to the policies and guidelines, including the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE, set forth to providers by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and all other professional organizations, as applicable, stating those activities where continuing education credits are awarded must be balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous. All persons in a position to control the content are required to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible company within the past 24 months to Integritas.  All financial relationships reported are identified as relevant and mitigated by Integritas in accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE in advance of delivery of the activity to learners. The content of this activity was vetted by Integritas to assure objectivity and that the activity is free of commercial bias. 

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

The faculty have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

MeiLan K. Han, MD, MS: Consulting Fees: Aerogen, Altesa BioSciences, Inc., Amgen Inc., AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Chiesi USA Inc., Cipla Inc., DevPro Biopharma LLC., GSK plc, Integrity, Merck & Co., Inc., Mylan N.V., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Polarean, Inc., Pulmonx Corporation, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Sanofi S.A., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Verona Pharma plc; Contracted Research: AstraZeneca, Biodesix, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Gala Therapeutics, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Nuvaira Inc., Sanofi S.A., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Ownership Interest (Stock Options): Altesa BioSciences, Inc., Meissa Vaccines, Inc.

Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP: Consulting Fees: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, GSK plc

The planners and managers at Integritas Communications have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Integritas Communications does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Instructions to Receive Credit

In order to receive credit for this activity, the participant must score 100% on the posttest and complete the program evaluation.

Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Integritas Contact Information

For questions about this activity, please contact Integritas Communications at info@exchangecme.com.

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