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Conference Format and Learning Objectives

COPD10USA Conference Format & Learning Objectives

In an effort to address the changing climate in medical care and delivery, COPD10USA is dedicated to highlighting the changes in the current healthcare landscape and how clinicians can capitalize on those changes to positively impact COPD patient care. The COPD Foundation recognizes that improving patient outcomes is essential and the COPD10USA is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge to improve patient outcomes.

COPD10USA will build on the success and visibility generated from the COPD7USA, COPD8USA, and COPD9USA conferences. COPD10USAwill be held on July 28-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, located in Rosemont, IL, only 2.6 miles from O’Hare International Airport making travel coordination easy for both national and international attendees.

The conference faculty will include world renowned pulmonologists, primary care physicians and physician extenders. The program, including plenary sessions and three breakout tracks is designed to reflect the diverse needs of the multi-disciplinary attendees. Highlights from the program include:

  1. Clinical Track:
    1. interpret the current guidelines
    2. provide case studies and address best practices
    3. discuss overlap syndromes and the specific challenges and care necessary to treat patients with overlap syndromes
    4. address pre-solicited clinical questions from the wider COPD community
  2. Care Delivery
    1. healthcare delivery within the changing landscape of healthcare
    2. hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations
    3. palliative care issues,
    4. pulmonary rehabilitation,
    5. team approaches in different delivery models to improve care
  3. Research Track:
    1. novel therapies in the development
    2. the role of genetics in COPD diagnosis and management
    3. exploration of state of the art basic science issues in COPD in a translational and applied manner
    4. abstract session
  4. Crossover Sessions: COPD10USA will include joint sessions on topics that overlap disciplines.

The COPD10USA format creates a unique environment where young clinicians and investigators have the opportunity to network with senior clinicians and investigators in a session setting, social setting and through dedicated time for poster viewing. Junior clinicians and investigators are encouraged to attend COPD10USA because of the unique mentoring opportunities to interact with leaders in the field and attend sessions focused on pathways to success. If you are interested in applying for the mentorship program, please submit an abstract for consideration.

Learning Objectives

  1. Interpret the latest research in COPD including data related to treatment, diagnosis, pharmacological advances, new biomarkers and pulmonary rehabilitation.
  2. Recognize the influence of smoking, environment and microbiome on COPD and the extent of the COPD epidemic worldwide.
  3. Explain the diagnostic tools and treatment protocol for COPD.
    • diagnostic tools include screening questionnaires, peak flow, spirometry and CT scans
    • treatment protocol includes a review of the GOLD strategy, the Pocket Consultant Guide and the role of interventional options
  4. Explain COPD heterogeneity and phenotypes with emphasis on early-COPD, pre-COPD, mild-COPD, overlap syndrome and how this knowledge can translate into the delivery of phenotype-specific treatment options now and in the future.
  5. Discuss proactive versus reactive strategies in COPD care plans and the impact of payer policies and health care regulations on the delivery of care.
  6. Identify the co-morbidities associated with COPD and strategies for creating the individualized treatment plan.
  7. Describe exacerbation prevention and control methods to include recognizing when a hospitalization is required and self-management strategies for individuals with COPD.
  8. Identify best practices for addressing issues related to hospital readmissions and strategies for executing a team approach to care.
  9. Summarize the importance and differences between palliative care and end-of-life care for COPD.