• Infectious Disease

    (including Invasive Fungal Disease)

    Paradigm has designed and implemented CME/CE activities in a variety of areas related to the study of infectious disease, including Antimicrobial Stewardship, Hospital-Acquired Infections Associated with Multi-Drug Resistance, Influenza, Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia, Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections, Appropriate Antibiotic Decision Making, Effective Management of Clostridium difficile Infections, and Integration of Molecular Diagnostics and Optimization of Patient Management.

A CASE-BASED APPROACH TO THE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE INFECTIONS: STRATEGIES FOR APPROPRIATE MANAGEMENT TO ENSURE OPTIMAL PATIENT OUTCOMES

This live and enduring CME initiative was designed to help hospitalists take a leadership role to ensure rapid recognition and appropriate treatment of C difficile infections and allow them to implement effective strategies for prevention. The initiative included a live satellite symposium in conjunction with Hospital Medicine 2011-SHM Annual Meeting and featured a MEDLINE-indexed print supplement to the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

 

ROLE OF THE CLINICAL PHARMACIST AS A CATALYST FOR APPROPRIATE ANTIBIOTIC DECISION MAKING

Targeting health-system pharmacists, this CPE satellite symposium conducted at the 46th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, used a combination of didactic lectures, interactive case studies, and panel discussion to enhance participants' understanding of evidence-based management community-acquired bacterial pneumonia and acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections as well as the critical role of clinical pharmacists in educating other healthcare professionals, establishing evidence-based clinical pathways, and setting standards for optimal patient care and medication use for these serious infections.

 

THE INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST AS THE CATALYST FOR INFORMED ANTI-INFECTIVE DECISION MAKING IN THE HOSPITAL SETTING: FOCUS ON CABP AND ABSSSI

This live, interactive, case-based CME symposium following the Official Programming of the 49th Annual Meeting of the IDSA was videotaped and then developed into an interactive on-demand webinar hosted on Paradigm's website. Both activities presented vital information on the optimal management of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia and acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in the hospital setting, with particular attention to the role of new anti-infective agents.

 

CORE STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING CABP: OPTIMIZING CLINICAL RESOURCES AND EVIDENCE TO MEET JOINT COMMISSION/CMS QUALITY MEASURES

This case-based CME webcast was launched in May 2012. The Q&A Session consisted of questions identified by the faculty as well as pertinent questions from previous programs on CABP. The webcast was hosted and distributed on the Paradigm website and distributed via a number of methods including CECity's Centricity Distribution Network.

 

MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA: THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF THE PHARMACIST FROM ADMISSION THROUGH DISCHARGE

This series of live CPE meetings focused on the pivotal role of the health-system pharmacist from admission thru discharge in the management of community acquired bacterial pneumonmia. Activities were held at local-, regional-, and state-level conferences of the major pharmacy organizations (ACCP, ASHP, and NASPA).

 

THE ROLE OF THE CLINICAL PHARMACIST AS A CATALYST FOR APPROPRIATE ANTIBIOTIC DECISION-MAKING IN 2012 AND BEYOND: FOCUS ON CABP AND ABSSSI

This live, case-enhanced, audience-interactive CME satellite symposium at the ACCP 2012 Annual Meeting was targeted to clinical pharmacists. An enduring, case-enhanced, interactive web monograph, developed based on the live symposium, was hosted and distributed by Power-Pak C.E.

 

MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA: THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF THE PHARMACIST FROM ADMISSION THROUGH DISCHARGE

Paradigm, in conjunction with UNCESOP, developed and implemented a nationwide CE initiative to meet the educational needs of health-system/clinical pharmacists involved in the care and management of CABP. This series of live meetings held at local-, regional-, and state-level conferences of the major pharmacy organizations (ACCP, ASHP, NASPA) was designed to bridge identified practice gaps in the care of CABP patients.

 

COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA: INPATIENT STRATEGY FOR HOSPITALISTS

This live, CME-certified, case-based, interactive satellite symposium at the SHM's 2013 Annual Meeting included challenging real-world clinical cases interspersed with didactic lectures and audience participation technology. The enduring, on-demand web activity, featuring an interactive text-based format of faculty presentations and discussions, was based on the proceedings of the live symposium. The enduring activity was hosted on The Hospitalist's website, www.the-hospitalist.org (an official website of the SHM), and cross-linked to www.paradigmmc.com.

 

ABSSSI AND CABP: MAXIMIZING THE ANTI-INFECTIVE ARSENAL TO OPTIMIZE PATIENT OUTCOMES

This live, CME-certified satellite symposium was presented at IDWeek 2013. It included didactic lecture, panel discussion, and interactive cases. An interactive, on-demand MEDLINE-indexed web monograph featuring highlights of faculty presentations and cases from the live symposium was hosted and distributed on the Paradigm website, www.paradigmmc.com, and id.theclinics.com, and distributed by Elsevier via email blasts and print and banner ads in their infectious disease, emergency medicine, and internal medicine journals.

 

COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA: THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AS A PIVOTAL ROLE POINT OF CARE

This live, CME-certified, case-based, interactive satellite symposium was presented at the 2013 ACEP Scientific Assembly. The on-demand MEDLINE-indexed web monograph featured an interactive text version of the faculty presentations and cases from the live meeting, and was hosted and distributed on the Paradigm website, www.paradigmmc.com and www.annemergmed.com, the website of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The web activity was also distributed by Elsevier via email blasts and via print and banner ads to their emergency medicine and critical care journal subscribers.

 

OUT WITH THE OLD? IN WITH THE NEW? BAD BUGS, NEW DRUGS, AND ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP

This live, interactive CME satellite symposium, presented at IDWeek™ 2014, included didactic lectures and in-depth moderated Q&A between attendees and faculty focusing on optimal treatment strategies for the management of hospital-acquired infections frequently associated with MDROs and new and emerging treatment aligned with the tenets of antimicrobial stewardship. The enduring web monograph, developed from the proceedings of the live symposium, was hosted on the Paradigm website, www.paradigmmc.com, and distributed via Paradigm and Elsevier on the MEDLINE-indexed American Journal of Infection Control website, as well as other appropriate web portals.

 

WHY CARE ABOUT SEASONAL INFLUENZA IN THE AGE OF EBOLA?

This enduring CME web monograph, developed by Paradigm and Global Education Group, provides clinicians with evidence-based faculty discussion to help them better understand the virus and learn about high risk populations, influenza-associated complications, prevention, and treatment. Available through February 2016 at www.paradigmmc.com/a396e, the activity is designed for physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs, and other clinicians who care for patients with chronic diseases who may be at high risk for consequences of seasonal influenza.

 

WHAT'S WORSE THAN EBOLA? THE ROLE OF PHARMACISTS IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF SEASONAL INFLUENZA

This case-based, enduring CPE web monograph was designed to educate community-based retail and health-system pharmacists on their role in promoting immunization for seasonal influenza; underrecognition and undertreatment of influenza; influenza's high morbidity and mortality rates; identification of at-risk groups; and who should be immunized and receive antivirals for prevention and treatment.

 

MANAGEMENT OF COMPLICATED SKIN & SKIN STRUCTURE INFECTIONS

As part of the Infectious Disease Education Alliance (IDEA) Initiative, Paradigm developed this interactive CME/CPE web conference series focusing on the etiologies, management, and treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections. Other web conferences in the series focused on the challenges facing practitioners in the management of complicated intra-abdominal infections. Co-sponsored by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the target audience included emergency medicine physicians, internal medicine specialists, infectious disease specialists,and hospital pharmacists.

 

INFECTIOUS DISEASE OPTIONS

This CPE publication series, part of the Infectious Disease Education Alliance (IDEA) Initiative, included six 16-page CPE-certified print newsletters that focused, via patient case studies, on the etiologies, management, and treatment of cSSSIs and cIAIs. Developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The target audience included hospital pharmacy directors, clinical pharmacists, and hospital medical directors.

 

CUTTING THROUGH COMPLEXITY: STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING COMPLICATED INFECTIONS

This live CME-certified activity was held as a satellite symposium during the ICAAC Scientific Sessions. In collaboration with the University of Cincinnati Medical School and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, this activity was designed to help clinicians cut through the complexity of the management of complicated skin/skin structure and intra-abdominal infections to insure appropriate use and optimal selection of antimicrobial therapy for improved patient outcomes.

 

THE FRONT-LINE: SMART STRATEGIES FOR INVASIVE FUNGAL INFECTIONS

This comprehensive CME/CPE initiative provided resources and certified activities for physicians and pharmacists. Through the initiative website, www.FrontLineFungus.org, healthcare providers were able to access the "Antifungal Options" series of newsletters, virtual symposia, and a case study library, as well as download slide libraries, register for live CME/CPE events, and obtain other resources.