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Best Practices in TB Control #3:
TB Cohort Review in Action: Putting It All Together

A National Web-Based Seminar

1:00-2:30 pm EDT— February 10, 2011

Sponsored By
New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute,
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
 in conjunction with the
Charles P. Felton National Tuberculosis Center/ICAP, and
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

The New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute is the Tuberculosis Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center for the Northeastern United States

Course Description and Overall Goal
This seminar will present the entire picture of a cohort review from start to finish. The format features a simulated cohort review session including case presentations, feedback and comments by a program director and medical reviewer, analysis and summary of outcomes by an epidemiologist, and plans for each person to follow up on the findings. Presenters are experienced practitioners from programs in Columbus OH, Philadelphia PA, Washington DC, and Washington State.

Who Should Attend
This web-based seminar is designed for teams of TB controllers, program managers, physicians and nurses, and epidemiologists or data analysts — as well as front line case managers. It is the third and last in a series of web-based seminars on the cohort review process.

Why Course Is Needed
The Cohort Review Process has long been a “best practice” used by outstanding TB control programs in the US and internationally. Originally designed by Dr. Karel Styblo to systematically analyze treatment outcomes of every documented TB case in a program area, this useful management approach serves several purposes: staff motivation, quality improvement, training needs assessment, and program evaluation. Cooperative agreements with CDC require that programs begin implementing cohort reviews in 2010. This course will provide information and strategies for programs to do so.


Upon completion of this activity participants will be able to:

  • Describe the flow of activities in a cohort review session
  • Analyze the comments and feedback from the program manager and medical reviewer
  • Examine clinical and programmatic teaching points that are used to highlight lessons learned in the cohort review
  • Identify issues that need follow-up by different staff
  • Identify benefits of the cohort review process and program improvements that may result

Course Requirements
  • Access to high speed internet
  • Computer with speakers for listening to audio
  • Telephone connection (required for verbal participation during Q & A session)


Thursday, February 10, 2011

1:00 pm      Introduction to a simulated cohort review – Bill Bower, MPH

1:15 pm      Simulated cohort review: several cases presented by disease intervention specialist and public health nurse to program manager, medical reviewer, and epidemiologist

  1:45 pm      Epidemiologist prepares summary outcomes while program leaders discuss strengths/weaknesses/follow-up with staff

2:00 pm      Summary of outcomes

  2:15 pm      Questions and answers with panel of presenters

  2:30 pm      Conclusion and wrap-up

Continuing Education Information
Continuing education credits are not provided for this activity.

Disclosure Policy

Registration Information and Fee

Please register online at:

There is no limit to the number of participants at one location viewing from one room and computer. However, each site must identify a contact person to receive conference information, submit the sign-in sheet, and share the link to the online conference evaluation after the seminar.

Notification of acceptance and additional information will be sent via email. Please be sure to provide a valid email address on the registration form.

This activity is free of charge.


Charles P. Felton National TB Center

  • Bill L. Bower, MPH
    Director of Education and Training

Washington State Dept. of Health

  • Kim Field, RN, MSN
    Section Manager, Tuberculosis Services

Ohio Department of Health and Ohio State University

  • Shu-Hua Wang, MD, MPH & TM
    Medical Director, Ben Franklin TB Clinic
    TB Consultant, Ohio Dept. of Health
    Assistant Professor, Ohio State University

Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Program

  • Christina Dogbey, MPH
  • Anthony Lloyd
    Disease Intervention Specialist

District of Columbia Dept. of Health Bureau of Tuberculosis Control

  • Mary Sisk, RN, CIC
    Supervisory Nurse Coordinator

Planning Committee

NJMS Global TB Institute, Newark, NJ


  • Nisha Ahamed, MPH
    Program Director, Education & Training


  • Anita Khillal, MPH, CHES
    Training and Consultation Specialist
  • Eileen Napolitano
    Deputy Director

Charles P. Felton National TB Center

  • Bill L. Bower, MPH
    Director of Education and Training

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Field Services & Evaluation Branch

  • Awal Khan, PhD
    Program Evaluation Team Leader
  • Dawn Tuckey, MPH
    Program Consultant

Content Reviewers

If you require an accommodation because of a disability, or if you have any additional needs, please contact Anita Khilall at (973) 972-9102, or send an email to

For additional information related to the content of this webinar, please contact Bill Bower at (646) 448-0945 or send an email to