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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
In commemoration of World TB Day, this conference will bring together over 200 health care providers and TB experts to address TB control efforts in New York City as well as cover testing and outreach strategies with TB suspects and patients. Topics will include: epidemiology of TB in New York City, prioritization of high-risk groups, hospital discharge planning, and diagnostic testing. The entire afternoon session will be dedicated to the use of interferon gamma release assays. The 2011 World TB Day Theme is “Innovation” and it reminds us to scale up efforts and continue to seek new and innovative ways to stop TB in NYC.

Who Should Attend
This conference is open to providers (pulmonary, infectious disease, community health, infection control) and health care workers who manage patients at risk for or diagnosed with TB.

Why Course Is Needed
The management of TB requires and multidisciplinary approach which relies on knowledge of the most current information of TB rates, populations at risk, and intervention that are successful. This conference will provide a forum for learning this information as well as for discussion among colleagues.

Objectives

At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Apply epidemiology of TB in New York City to recognize risk factors when encountering a TB patient in the community and health care facility
  • Recognize high-risk populations and focus outreach activities to increase awareness about TB in the community
  • Develop awareness of the new health code reporting requirement and collaborate with the health department to ensure proper treatment and monitoring of patients
  • Describe new methods to diagnose and guide treatment of TB patients
  • Employ the current guidelines for use of interferon gamma release assays to diagnose infection with M. tuberculosis in at risk persons

Course Requirements

In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are required to register in advance, attend the entire course, and complete an evaluation form.


Agenda

8:00 am

Registration

 

8:30 am

Opening Remarks

Chrispin Kambili, MD

8:40 am

Working Towards TB Elimination in NYC

Chrispin Kambili, MD

 

9:10 am

Hospital Discharge of TB Patients:
Collaborating with the Health Department

Diana Nilsen, MD

9:40 am

Break

10:00 am

Prioritizing High Risk Groups: The Contribution of Country of Origin to the Epidemiology of TB in NYC

Shama D. Ahuja, PhD, MPH

 

10:30 am

Speaker Introduction
Keynote Address: Fighting TB Through Innovative Diagnostic Tools

Lee Reichman, MD, MPH
David Alland, MD, MSc, DTM&H 

 

11:15 am

Question and Answer Session

Moderator: Chrispin Kambili, MD

11:45 am

Lunch on Your Own

 

1:00 pm

Use of IGRAs in Diagnosing Infection with M. tuberculosis

  • Overview of 2010 CDC guidelines
  • The NYC experience

1) John Jereb, MD

2) Tiffany G. Harris, PhD, MS

1:30 pm

1:45 pm

IGRA Testing in Special Populations
1) Immunocompromised
       2) Children

1) Neil Schluger, MD

2) Henry J. Pollack, MD

2:05 pm

2:25 pm

IGRA Testing in Special Populations (cont’d)
3) Health Care Workers

3) Wendy Cronin, PhD, MT(ASCP)

2:45 pm

Break

3:00 pm

IGRA Panel Discussion

Moderator: Chrispin Kambili, MD

3:45 pm

Closing Remarks/Evaluation

 

 


Continuing Education Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education and UMDNJ-NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute and NY City Bureau of TB Control.  UMDNJ–Center for Continuing and Outreach Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UMDNJ – Center for Continuing and Outreach Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UMDNJ–Center for Continuing and Outreach Education designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by NJSNA, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number P173-11/09-12. Provider Approval is valid through November 30, 2012.

This activity is awarded 5.75 contact hours. (60 minute CH)

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13780.


Disclosure Policy
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Registration Information and Fee

Please complete the online application at http://2011worldtbdaynyc.eventbrite.com by March 17, 2011.

Notification of acceptance and additional course information will be sent via email. Please be sure to provide a valid email address on the application form. Email will be the primary form of communication for this course.

There is no fee for this course.  However, we do ask that you are unable to attend, that you inform us as soon as possible so that others may be accommodated.


Hotel and Travel Information

Lighthouse International
Benay Venuta Hall
111 East 59th Street
(between Lexington & Park Avenue)
New York City
(212) 821-9200

FROM CONNECTICUT:
Via Road:

  • South on Interstate 95 to Exit 7.
  • Bruckner Expressway to the Triboro Bridge entering Manhattan.
  • South on FDR Drive to the 68th Street exit.
  • West on 68th Street to Park Avenue.
  • South on Park to 59th Street.
  • East onto 59th Street.

Via Train:

  • Metro North Railroad (Hudson Line OR New Haven Line) to Grand Central Terminal.
  • Transfer to subway (4,5, or 6 lines) uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue station.

FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK:
Via Road:

  • New York Thruway South to the Major Deegan Expressway.
  • South on FDR Drive to the 68th Street exit.
  • West on 68th Street to Park Avenue.
  • South on Park to 59th Street.
  • East onto 59th Street.

Via Train:

  • Metro North Railroad (Hudson Line) to Grand Central Terminal.
  • Transfer to subway (4, 5, or 6 lines) uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue station.

or

  • Amtrak to Pennsylvania Station.
  • Transfer to subway (E line) uptown (toward Queens) to the Lexington Avenue & 53rd Street station.
  • Walk North to 59th Street.

FROM NEW JERSEY:
Via Road:

  • East on New Jersey Turnpike, to the George Washington Bridge.
  • Cross the bridge onto the West side Highway, South.
  • Exit at 56th Street, and head East to Park Avenue.
  • North on Park Avenue to 59th Street.
  • East on 59th Street.

Via Train:

  • New Jersey Railroad to Pennsylvania Station.
  • Transfer to subway (E line) uptown (toward Queens) to the Lexington Avenue & 53rd Street station.
  • Walk North to 59th Street.

or

  • PATH Train to 33rd Street Station in Manhattan.
  • Transfer to subway (N or R line) uptown to the Lexington Avenue & 59th Street station.

From Local Bus

Grand Central Station:
The M1, M2, M3 or M4 from Madison Avenue at East 42nd street to the 59th Street stop.
Penn Station:
The M4 or Q32 from East 32nd street between Seventh and Sixth Avenues.
Q32 stops directly across from the Lighthouse.
Or take the M4 to the 59th Street stop.


Cancellation Information
UMDNJ reserves the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and reserves the right to cancel this activity, if necessary.

Faculty

NYC Health Department

  • Shama Ahuja, PhD, MPH
    Director of Epidemiology
  • Tiffany Harris, PhD, MS
    Director of Surveillance
  • Chrispin Kambili, MD
    Assistant Commissioner
  • Diana Nilsen, MD
    Director of Medical Affairs

University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

  • David Alland, MD, MSc, DTM&H
    Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Lee Reichman, MD, MPH
    Executive Director, NJMS Global TB Institute

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • John Jereb, MD
    Medical Epidemiologist, Division of TB Elimination

Columbia University

  • Neil Schluger, MD
    Chief, Div of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, & Environmental Health Sciences

New York University School of Medicine

  • Henry Pollack, MD
    Associate Professor; Director
    Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Maryland Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Wendy Cronin, PhD, MT(ASCP)
    Epidemiologist

Planning Committee

ACTIVITY DIRECTOR:

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute

  • Nisha Ahamed, MPH
    Program Director, Education and Training

MEMBERS:

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute

  • Rajita Bhavaraju, MPH
    Training & Consultation Specialist

NYC Health Department

  • Martha Alexander, MHS
    Director of Outreach and Training
  • Xiomara Dorrejo, RN, BSN, BS
    Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Diana Nilsen, MD
    Director of Medical Affairs

Content Reviewers
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If you require an accommodation because of a disability or if you have any additional needs or questions, please contact the NYC Health Department at (212) 442-5100 or contact Rajita Bhavaraju at (973) 972-4811/bhavarrr@umdnj.edu.