CHOP Open-access Medical Education: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Course Presentations

This seminar focuses on allergy and immunology, and was delivered in Salzburg, Austria from Feb. 5 – 11, 2017. Topics include immune deficiencies, asthma, food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis, rhinitis and atopic dermatitis.

Introduction to Immune Deficiencies

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand proteins in the immune system, cells within the immune system, diagnosis of immune deficiencies, functions of various components of the immune system, and relevant diagnostic testing of immune deficiencies.

Unusual Viral Infections in Immune Deficiencies

At the end of this session, learners will be able to define causes of congenital neutropenia, lymphopenia, innate immunity, staphylococcus, serratia, nocardia, aspergillus, and burkholderia cepacia. In addition, learners will be able to understand the molecular biology behind these diseases, various viral infections, ways the immune system reacts to viruses, diagnoses, treatments, therapies, and overall immune responses.

Recognizing Syndromes

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand DiGeorge syndrome/22q11.2DS, Kabuki syndrome, ICF syndrome, Turner syndrome, 18q- syndrome, as well as their diagnostic and treatment features.

Allergic and Non-allergic Rhinitis in Children

At the end of this session, learners will be able to distinguish between allergic and non-allergic rhinitis, discuss differential diagnoses of rhinitis, outline comorbid conditions that may complicate rhinitis, and describe treatment options for rhinitis.

Testing for Environmental Allergy

At the end of this session, learners will be able to discuss the different testing options for environmental allergies, outline indications and contraindications for skin testing, and understand the procedure for skin testing.

Preschool Wheeze

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the factors contributing to the onset of asthma, use the asthma predictive index to identify children at risk for asthma, and develop a plan for treatment of preschool wheezing.

Spirometry in Pediatric Asthma

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the physiological principles involved in spirometry, identify the presence of obstruction or restriction and severity, and utilize spirometry in the management of pediatric asthma.

Food Allergy

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand IgE and non-IgE mediated allergies, signs and symptoms of food allergies, food immunotherapy, the epidemiology related to food allergies, and common therapies and treatments for food allergies.

Management of Asthma

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the diagnosises of asthma and develop initial treatment plans for asthma, recognize the risk factors for exacerbations, accssessing asthma severity, assccessing asthma control, and appropriately adjust asthma therapy.

When to Introduce Foods in Infancy

At the end of this session, learners will be able to identify when to introduce foods in infancy, what foods are appropriate to introduce, and the implications of introducing specific foods to children with various disorders. They will also learn about, the LEAP study, the NAIAD guidelines, the EAT study, and the Pacifier Theory.

Urticaria and Angioedema

At the end of this session, learners will be able to distinguish between acute and chronic urticaria, outline a differential diagnosis for urticaria and angioedema, describe appropriate tests for urticaria, and discuss treatment options for chronic urticaria.

Atopic Dermatitis

At the end of this session, learners will be able to discriminate atopic dermatitis from other skin conditions, understand pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis, diagnose bacterial or viral superinfections in children with atopic dermatitis, and discuss treatment options for atopic dermatitis.

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