Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
University of California (UC) Irvine Department of Family Medicine
Assistant Dean for Culture and Community Education
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Director, UC Irvine's Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community
Irvine, California

Program Description

Primary care providers (PCPs) are ideally seated at the forefront of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) care. Their vigilance in the acute and chronic management of COPD is essential to improving patient outcomes. This “COPD Cases and Conversations” program has been designed to provide PCPs with the most up-to-date and relevant COPD education that can be immediately implemented at the point-of-care. During this activity, faculty will guide learners through case-based discussions centering on the potential challenges of COPD management—with a focus on exacerbation prevention. Case topics will include, but are not limited to, longitudinal patient assessment, the development of individualized and evidence-based maintenance regimens, best practices for the prevention and mitigation of COPD exacerbations, and strategies to engage patients in self-care while supporting treatment adherence.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of PCPs, including internists, family physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs), involved in the management of patients with COPD.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Assess patients with COPD over time to characterize disease phenotypes, exacerbation risks, and treatment responses
  • Tailor maintenance regimens for patients with COPD to reflect disease severity, exacerbation risks, and comorbidities
  • Engage patients with COPD on the need for appropriate physical activity, techniques to avoid exacerbations, and treatment adherence

Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Integritas Communications.  Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of Global and Integritas Communications. Global is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 110121. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour(s) (which includes 0.2 hour(s) of pharmacology). 

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Global requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Lindsay Borvansky: Nothing to disclose
Kristin Delisi, NP: Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk: Nothing to disclose
Ashley Cann: Nothing to disclose
Liddy Knight: Nothing to disclose
Celeste Collazo, MD: Nothing to disclose
Rose O’Connor, PhD, CHCP: Nothing 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 FDA. Global Education Group (Global) and Integritas Communications do 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 on 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 received credit, participants must complete the following:

  1. Read the educational objectives, accreditation information, and faculty disclosures at the beginning of this activity.
  2. Complete the Preactivity Questions.
  3. Review the activity content.
  4. Complete the Postactivity Test Questions and Evaluation.
  5. Achieve a grade of 70% on the Postactivity Test Questions and complete the Evaluation to receive credit.

System Requirements

Microsoft Windows 2000 SE or above.
Internet Explorer (v5.5 or greater), Chrome or Firefox

MAC OS 10.2.8
Internet Explorer is not supported on the Macintosh.

Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy

There is no fee for this educaitonal activity.

Global Contact Information

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

Begin Activity
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Suggested Reading
Cases & Conversations™

COPD Cases and Conversations

A Focus on Exacerbation Prevention