2020 Update in Internal Medicine: Update in Mild to Moderate Asthma

In UPMC’s 2020 Update in Internal Medicine, Marc Gauthier, MD, presents major updates in asthma and reviews new data from the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines. Dr. Gauthier also describes the problem of over-diagnosis in asthma/asthma mimics and explains the burden of asthma exacerbations.

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the burden of over-diagnosis in asthma and how objective testing with spirometry can limit this problem
  • Recognize the pattern of exacerbations in asthma, including the distribution of exacerbations across various levels of asthma treatment
  • Recall the most recent evidence of asthma as a risk factor for Covid-19 hospitalization
  • Explain the evolution of single maintenance and reliever therapy including its advantages and disadvantages compared to as needed reliever therapy or maintenance inhaled corticosteroids
  • Identify recent updates to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines and the limitations in implementing these changes


Dr. Gauthier has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website four weeks postcompletion at http://ccehs.upmc.com and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page.

ABIM MOC Part 2 Credit

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive your ABIM MOC Part 2 credit, you will need to complete the post-test with a pass rate of 100% and provide your date of birth and ABIM number, along with the other required fields.  This information will be shared with the American Board of Internal Medicine using the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Program and Activity Reporting System.

Release Date: 12/1/2020 | Last Modified On: 12/13/2021 | Expires: 12/7/2022



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