UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education
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Activity Description

The Raising Awareness of COPD: Diagnosis, Management, and Comorbid Conditions activity reviews the characteristics and diagnosis of COPD, current Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) standards, and emerging treatment options in a brief, text-based format.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, internal medicine and primary care physicians, geriatricians, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with COPD.

Method of Participation

The estimated time to complete this activity is 1 hour. To obtain credit, participants should register for the activity at http://cme.ucsd.edu/copd, take the online pre-test, read the monograph, answer the multiple-choice post-test questions, and complete the evaluation form online to download a certificate immediately upon completion.

Educational Objectives

Following completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

  • Examine GOLD standards and incorporate proper staging and diagnostic examination of COPD.
  • Correctly administer and accurately interpret spirometry as a diagnostic tool for patients suspected of suffering from COPD.
  • Integrate current and evolving treatment options into practice for patients with COPD, addressing patient adherence and psychosocial issues.
  • Identify common comorbidities associated with COPD and discuss effective management options.

Statement of Need

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) currently affects approximately 15 million people in the U.S. and was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2011. An additional 12 million are estimated to be undiagnosed. While COPD is becoming increasingly common, it is also both preventable and treatable.

Accreditation Statement

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation

AMA: The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

BRN: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (report up to 1 hour of credit and list "CME Category 1" as the provider number).

Release Date: October 8, 2013
Expiration Date: October 7, 2015

Course Director

Rebecca Sell, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
University of California, San Diego


Ni-Cheng Liang, MD
Associate Physician
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
University of California, San Diego

Staff Writers

Angela Felker, PhD
Continuing Medical Education
University of California, San Diego

Christina Williams
Continuing Medical Education
University of California, San Diego

Balance and Objectivity of Content

It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual's control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker's outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.


The faculty, CME staff, editorial staff, peer reviewer, and CME committee reviewers do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Off-Label Disclosure

This educational activity may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product.

The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego.

Cultural Competency

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires CME courses with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competencies. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient's primary language. Cultural and Linguistic Competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources on cultural and linguistic competency and information about AB1195 can be found on the UC San Diego CME website at http://cme.ucsd.edu.


Supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim


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