CME


ILADS Conference

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) provides numerous educational resources to medical practitioners about the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Physicians wishing to learn about the intricacies of this complex medical problem are encouraged to attend the annual ILADS conference which offers many excellent and fully-accredited CME courses.


Online Education for Medical Practitioners

The Texas Lyme Disease Association supports the work of Dr. Betty Maloney, a Minnesota family physician, and the Partnership for Tick-borne Disease Education to develop and promote online Continuing Medical Education courses for medical practitioners around the state and across the nation.

Dr. Maloney began offering accredited CME programs on Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in 2007. She has published papers on Lyme disease in peer-reviewed journals and she frequently lectures on tick-borne illnesses at hospitals and medical conferences.

The CME courses listed below are accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the most respected accreditation organizations in the country. Each course is approved for up to 1.5 prescribed credits by the AAFP. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Managing Blacklegged Tick Bites

This course has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins November 4, 2015. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Price: Free – The CDC estimates that the annual incidence of Lyme disease exceeds 300,000. Proper management of known bites should help to reduce that number. After completing this module, learners should know:

  1. How to distinguish black-legged ticks from other tick species
  2. Facts about disease transmission
  3. How to estimate the risk associated with a specific bite
  4. Risks posed by potential co-infecting pathogens
  5. Details regarding the use of antibiotic prophylaxis.

Case Studies in Early Lyme Disease

This course has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins March 7, 2016. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Price: Free – The CDC estimates that the annual incidence of Lyme disease exceeds 300,000. Prompt diagnosis and effective management of early Lyme disease can prevent future later complications. After completing this module, learners should:

  1. Understand epidemiological risk factors for Lyme disease
  2. Be able to recognize various presentations of early Lyme disease
  3. Understand the evidence from the U.S. erythema migrans trials
    Understand treatment options and the clinical factors influencing management decisions

Serologic Testing in Lyme Disease

Serologic Testing in Lyme Disease has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.5 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 08/21/2016. Price: Free – Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose on clinical grounds because the symptoms and signs are generally nonspecific. This module discusses how clinicians may use serologic results in their diagnostic decision-making. After completing this module, learners should:

  1. Understand the role of diagnostic testing in the diagnostic process
  2. Understand general characteristics of diagnostic tests and their impact on test selection
  3. Understand the procedures for performing ELISA, Western blot and two-tier testing as well as their general sensitivity, specificity and reproducibility
  4. Recognize the utility and limitations of serology in Lyme disease

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

Diagnosing Lyme Disease has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 02/25/2017. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Price: Free

A Lyme disease diagnosis is built on an understanding of risk factors, potential clinical presentations, and confirmatory testing which may support the diagnosis and/or rule out competing diagnoses in the differential. After completing this module, learners should:

  1. Understand the epidemiology of and risk factor assessment in Lyme disease
  2. Know basic pathophysiology of early and late disease
  3. Recognize common presentations
  4. Know how to evaluate patients for potential Lyme diagnosis
  5. Understand the role of serologic testing

Therapeutic Principles & Evidence-based Treatment Options in Lyme Disease

Therapeutic Principles & Evidence-based Treatment Options in Lyme Disease, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 03/12/2017. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Price: Free

The CDC estimates that the annual incidence of Lyme disease exceeds 300,000. Prompt and effective management of the infection can prevent future complications and minimize the quality of life impairments. After completing this module, learners should:

  1. Understand basic principles for evaluating the quality of clinical trials
  2. Understand clinical trial evidence for managing patients with Ixodes scapularis bites, erythema migrans, or late, untreated neurologic Lyme disease
  3. Understand therapeutic options for Ixodes scapularis bites, erythema migrans, or late, untreated neurologic Lyme disease

For further information on the FREE CME courses listed above, view www.lymecme.info.