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Evaluation and Management of Connective Tissue Disease-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease

Aryeh Fischer


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Course ID: 2928

CME Information 

Course Authors

Aryeh Fischer, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, Co.

Course Reviewer

Virginia Dale Steen, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, D.C.

Content Reviewer

Murali Chakinala, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo.

CME Reviewer

Vicki L. Tegethoff, RN, MHA
Continuing Medical Education
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo

Intended Audience

This activity has been designed for pulmonologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists, internists, and primary care physicians, as well as nurses, physician assistants, and other allied health professionals who help care for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This activity is designed to improve knowledge, competence, performance, and patient care practices by instructing front-line clinicians in the highest quality of care for patients with PAH.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  1. Distinguish the patterns of Interstitial Lung Disease and the complex intersections of Interstitial Lung Disease and Connective Tissue Disease
  2. Determine the appropriate evaluation of Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonia and of Interstitial Lung Disease in patients with Connective Tissue Disease
  3. Discuss the management of Connective Tissue Disease that is associated with Interstitial Lung Disease

Release Date

13 March 2017

Expiration Date

31 December 2017

Estimated Time to Complete This Activity

1 hour

Accreditation and Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.  Washington University is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Washington University designates this enduring educational 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.

Instructions for Earning Credit

This activity is a self-study program. Upon entering the activity, participants should read the text, examine any images and/or multimedia features, and review the content presented within all of the links provided. Once the course has been reviewed in its entirety, participants will be asked to complete a post-test and evaluation online. Participants must receive a test score of 80% in order to proceed to the course evaluation; the post-test can be repeated until all questions are answered correctly. All evaluation questions must be completed in order to receive a certificate of credit. If needed, participants may save their answers and complete the course at a later date. Saved courses can be found by using the "My Courses" link at the top of the page, and then click on "My Classes."

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Washington University School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. All planners, faculty and other persons who may influence the content of this CME activity have disclosed all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All disclosures have been reported and are indicated with their presentations. Any potential conflicts were addressed and resolved.

All members of the CME department have nothing to disclose. Speakers are also expected to openly disclose the inclusion of any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices in their presentations.

Presentations are expected to be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indication in the care of patients. All scientific research should conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
These presentations are not an endorsement of any commercial interests.

These presentations are the views and experiences of the presenters. The presenters' views do not represent the policy or position of Washington University School of Medicine. Washington University School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, is the provider of CME credits.

Disclosures are reported below:

  1. Aryeh Fischer, M.D. has received Research Support/Grants (includes Principal Investigator or anyone named in the grant) from Genentech and Boehringer-Ingelheim; has served as Consultant or in Advisory Committees with Actelion, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Gilead Sciences, Genentech/Roche, Glaxo Smith Kline, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and aTYr Pharmaceuticals
  2. Virginia Steen, M.D. has Research Support/Grants from Gilead Sciences, United Therapeutics, Bayer HealthCare, and InterMune; has served as Consultant or in Advisory Committees with Bayer HealthCare, United Therapeutics; has served in Speakers' Bureaus or received Honoraria from Gilead Sciences
  3. Murali Chakinala, M.D. has received Research Support/Grants from Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare, Gilead Sciences, Novartis, Ikaria, Medtronics, and United Therapeutics; has served as Consultant for Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare, United Therapeutics, Gilead Sciences, and SteadyMed; has served in Speakers' Bureaus or received Honoraria from Gilead Sciences and United Therapeutics
  4. Vicki L. Tegethoff, RN, MHA, has nothing to disclose


The information presented in this activity reflects the views of the faculty only and not necessarily those of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), Washington University in St. Louis, or the educational grant providers. All participants should verify the information and data presented before treating patients or utilizing any therapies noted in these materials. No portion of this activity may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of PHA.

Technical Requirements

This course requires an internet browser. For optimum display, please use Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome.

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This activity is made possible through unrestricted educational grants to the PHA Medical Education Fund from Actelion Pharmaceuticals, US; Gilead Sciences, and United Therapeutics.

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