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Program Detail


Jill Ohar, MD
Professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Immunologic Medicine
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center for Worker Health
Director, Respiratory Care
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, NC

Credit Hours

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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Program Description

This activity will help clinicians achieve greater competency in accurately diagnosing COPD, assessing disease severity, and optimizing the use of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions in tailored COPD treatment plans. COPD is a slowly progressive respiratory disease characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. Manifestations of COPD include dyspnea, poor exercise tolerance, chronic cough with or without sputum production, wheezing, and respiratory failure or right heart failure. In the United States, about 15 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD; and it is the third leading cause of death. However, it remains both underdiagnosed and undertreated.

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Target Audience

This educational activity is designed to meet the needs of community pulmonologists and primary care clinicians involved in the care of patients with COPD.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Complete a comprehensive assessment of COPD, including symptoms, airflow limitation, and the risk of exacerbations.
  2. Develop tailored COPD treatment approaches based on assessment of individual patients’ symptoms and exacerbation risk.


Jill Ohar, MD, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests:
Advisory Board—Sunovion, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Rick Ricer, MD, Physician Reviewer, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Susan P. Tyler, MEd, CMP, CHCP, FACEHP, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Lillian McVey, Medical Writer, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Kathleen Hines, MCM Editorial Director, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The University of Cincinnati requires all faculty to disclose any planned discussion of an investigational and/or off-label use of a pharmaceutical product or device within their presentation. Participants should note that the use of products outside FDA-approved labeling should be considered experimental and are advised to consult current prescribing information for approved indications.

In this educational activity, the faculty reports her presentation will not contain reference to investigational and/or off-label uses.

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.  

Credit Statements

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 the University of Cincinnati and MCM Education. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Cincinnati designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release date: December 7, 2015
Last review date: December 7, 2015
Expiration date: December 7, 2016

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported by educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Novartis. 


Completion Instructions

  1. Accessing Activity:
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    * Take the pre-test
    * Review the activity
    * Take the post-test and score 80%
    * You are allowed a total of 3 attempts
    * Complete the evaluation
    * View, print, or save a CME certificate verifying your
    credit/participation in this activity
  2. Computer Requirements: Minimum System Requirements: • Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7 • Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers

Certificate Fee


There is no charge for CME credit.


© 2015 MCM Education. All rights reserved. None of the contents may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, the University of Cincinnati, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Novartis. Any medications, diagnostic procedures, or treatments discussed by the faculty should not be used by clinicians or other health care professionals without first evaluating their patients’ conditions, considering possible contraindications or risks, reviewing any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparing any therapeutic approach with the recommendations of other authorities.

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