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September 11-13, 2012

New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute
225 Warren Street, 1st Floor
Newark, New Jersey

Provided By
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, and UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education

This activity is supported in part 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
The purpose of this training is to provide healthcare professionals with comprehensive information on the prevention, control, and management of TB in public health settings. Topics will include epidemiology and surveillance, application of diagnostic methods, case management, infection control, contact investigation, cultural competency, legal interventions, and program evaluation. Aspects of assessing performance in TB control activities will also be covered. The format includes lectures, discussions, small group work, and case studies.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for healthcare professionals such as, nurses, disease investigators, outreach staff, and physicians who are involved in management and follow up of TB patients. Some information on supervision and program administration will also be covered, benefitting staff in health department leadership positions.

Why Course Is Needed
As the incidence of tuberculosis continues to decline, maintaining public health expertise in TB is particularly challenging. Therefore, ongoing training and education are important for healthcare providers so they can develop and enhance skills in the best practices and guidelines for TB prevention and control and interact effectively with public health agencies. This type of training is also important for new clinicians working in TB control or other settings.


At the conclusion of this activity the target audience will be able to:

  • Apply TB surveillance data to program management and evaluation in order to improve patient and program objectives
  • Apply principles of TB case management services to improve patient adherence and continuity of care
  • Describe laboratory techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of TB in order to adjust medication regimens and appropriately treat TB patients and contacts
  • Use genotyping results to identify false-positive cultures, distinguish between re-activation and re-infection and identify outbreaks in order to focus and prioritize TB control efforts
  • Apply principles of TB transmission to facility management and supervision of contact investigations so that the spread of TB to the greater community may be prevented
  • Administer legal interventions to TB patients as a last resort and in an appropriate manner to protect the health of the public
  • Define cultural competency in the context of TB programs so that staff may engage TB patients in a sensitive, individualized manner
  • Evaluate aspects of a TB program in order to improve quality and outcomes which are defined by state and local standards of care
  • Fill gaps in standards of care through tailored training activities in order to improve patient outcomes

Course Requirements

This course will build upon the basic concepts outlined in the CDC’s Self Study Modules on Tuberculosis 1-5 (Available at: Therefore, it is mandatory that participants review this self study guide prior to the course. The test which follows should be completed for Modules 1-5 and certificate printed and sent in prior to attendance.  In addition, in order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits and/or a certificate of participation, participants are required to attend the entire course, and complete an evaluation form. A post-course follow up evaluation will be sent within 2 months of the course.


Tuesday, September 11

8:30 am           Registration and breakfast

9:00 am           Welcome, introductions, and course overview                

9:30 am           Controlling TB in the United States - Sundari Mase     

10:00 am          Fundamentals of Tuberculosis - Sundari Mase

10:45 am          Break

11:00 am          TB Trends - Amy Davidow                

11:30 am          Basics of TB Surveillance & Epidemiology - Marian Passannante

12:30 pm          Lunch

1:30 pm            TB Surveillance & Epidemiology exercise -  Marian Passannante

2:30 pm            Break

2:45 pm            Laboratory and diagnostic services - Rich Oatis

3:45 pm            Evaluation        

4:00 pm            Adjourn                                    

Wednesday, September 12

9:00 am           TB Genotyping - Bianca Perri

10:00 am        Case Management Services and Ensuring Adherence - Karen Galanowsky            
11:00 am          Break
11:15 am          Infection Control - Katie Sisk

12:15 pm          Lunch

1:15 pm            Overview and Evaluation of Contact Investigation - Mark Wolman
2:15 pm            Legal Interventions - Tom Privett

3:00 pm            Ensuring Cultural Competency - Martha Alexander                      

4:00 pm            Evaluation

4:15 pm            Adjourn

Thursday, September 13

9:00 am           Program Evaluation and NTIP - Julie Franks      

10:00 am          TB Education and Training - Nisha Ahamed   

11:00 am          Break

11:15am           Debriefing Activity - Rajita Bhavaraju           

11:45 am          Post–test and Evaluation

12:00 pm          Adjourn

Continuing Education Information

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 COA. Provider Number P173-11/09-12. Provider Approval is valid through November 30, 2012.

This activity is awarded 14.25 nursing contact hours. (60 minute CH)

Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

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

Approved provider status refers only to continuing education activities and does not imply ANCC COA or NJSNA endorsement of any commercial products.

Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of the UMDNJ – Center for Continuing and Outreach Education that all speakers and planners disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of this educational activity and also disclose discussions of off-label or investigational uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). These disclosures will be made in the activity handouts.

Registration Information and Fee

The fee for this course is $75 and payment must be received prior to the course. Acceptable forms of payment are check or money order made payable to NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute.

Please complete the application and return it before August 27, 2012 to:

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute
PO Box 1709
225 Warren Street
Newark, NJ 07101-1709
Attention: Rajita Bhavaraju
Fax: 973-972-1064

Notification of acceptance and additional course information will be sent via email. Please call (973) 972-4811 to confirm that you are registered.

Hotel and Travel Information

Please contact us if you would like a recommendation for nearby hotels.

This course will be held in the International Center for Public Health located at 225 Warren Street, Newark, NJ. The following link includes a map and directions by public transportation or driving as well as parking information:

Cancellation Information
UMDNJ reserves the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and reserves the right to cancel this activity, if necessary. There is no cancellation fee, however, registrants who are unable to attend may cancel up to 2 weeks prior to the course for a full refund. Refunds cannot be given to registrants who do not cancel in advance. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so that others may be accommodated.


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Division of TB Elimination

  • Sundari Mase, MD, MPH
    Team Lead for Medical Affairs,
    Field Services & Evaluation Branch

Charles P. Felton National TB Center
New York, NY

  • Julie Franks, PhD
    Health Educator & Evaluator/ Co-Investigator

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Baltimore, MD

  • Richard Oatis
    Lab Scientist Supervisor, Mycobacteriology

New Jersey Department of Health &
Senior Services
Trenton, NJ

  • Karen Galanowsky, RN, MPH
    TB Nurse Consultant
  • Tom Privett
    Manager TB Program

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Long Island City, NY

  • Bianca Perri, MPH
    Genotyping Coordinator
  • Martha Alexander, MHS
    Director of Outreach & Staff Development

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute
Newark, NJ

  • Amy Davidow, PhD
    Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and
    Community Health
  • Marian Passannante, PhD
    Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
  • Nisha Ahamed, MPH
    Program Director, Education & Training
  • Mark Wolman, MA, MPH
    Program Manager, TB Control

Providence Hospital
Washington, DC

  • Mary Katie Sisk, RN, CIC
    Infection Prevention Manager

Planning Committee

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute


  • Anita Khilall, MPH, CHES
    Senior Training & Consultation Specialist


  • Rajita Bhavaraju, MPH, CHES
    Training & Consultation Specialist
  • DJ McCabe, RN, MSN
    Trainer & Consultant, Clinical Programs

New Jersey Department of
Health & Senior Services
Trenton, NJ

  • Karen Galanowsky, RN, MPH
    TB Nurse Consultant

For additional program information, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact Rajita Bhavaraju at (973) 972-4811 or send an email to